questions and answers were pulled from an interview with a local
radio station in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii shortly before Jason set out
in Moksha for the island atoll of Tarawa, 2400 miles away.
HAWAII TO TARAWA VOYAGE PREPARATIONS
What kind of physical training have you been doing?
none so far. For the last 3 weeks I've been on 4 1/2 hrs sleep a
night. The other 19 1/2 hrs have been spent either on the phone
hussling for sponsorship money to pay for the voyage and rounding
up the final bits and pieces of gear, staring at a computer screen
writing material for the website/keeping abreast of emails etc,
conducting school fieldtrips or tinkering around on the boat. It's
always the same. The pressure to get everything ready in time builds
and builds and only releases once a mile away from land. Then it
all becomes very quiet very quickly, and I start the process of
getting fit as I go. The first week will be awful - aching muscles
from not being fit, sea-sick and most likely dreadfully hot.
How much food will you be taking and what kind?
lbs of mainly dehydrated food. Being a vegetarian has proved somewhat
of a challenge to prepare enough nutritional content for the amount
of calories I will need each day - over 5,500/24hrs (2x normal).
We've been dehydrating vegetables such as carrots and green peppers
that grow locally on the island. A typical menu for the day will
Breakfast: oats, honey/apricot jam/raisins, cup of tea
- Lunch: toast and hummus. Gatorade to restock
- Dinner: rice or pasta, reconstituted vegetables
(carrots/peppers/onions/potatoes), tofu, lentils, split peas.
- Snacks: M+M's and Odwalla bars.
Do you fish along the way?
I would only fish if the food ran out/went off.
Did you have to refurbish Moksha after the S.F. to Hawaii trip?
too much. Structurally Moksha is in good shape. There is the inevitable
corrosion on all things metal. We are currently checking the wiring
and the electrics.
was some talk of attaching a single outrigger to the side of the
boat to control the incessant rolling motion, which can become so
grueling to the senses. However we decided against this plan as
it would have compromised the self-righting capability of the boat.
Another idea was to install some ventilation
plates in the windows beside the pedaling seat to encourage air
into the cockpit. This would mean drilling holes through the windows
- potentially weakening the overall super-structure. It is for this
reason that we have not yet put this plan into action. It could
be a hot and sweaty voyage as a result. But I'd rather work a little
harder than compromise the strength of the boat.
What other preparations?
being so busy, I hardly have time to stop and think about the up
and coming voyage. This - for me - is a good thing. It keeps my
mind off the worry of a solo voyage. Two months ago I was having
the odd bad dream of getting mown down by another ship while asleep.
Now I have barely enough time to sleep let alone dream (or remember
them). It's probably for the best this way. I can't worry about
what isn't in my head.
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