Bodacious DreamÂ is a state-of-the art third generation ClassÂ 40 racing sailboat that was built and launched in Wellington, New Zealand in December of 2011. Skippered by AmericanÂ Dave Rearick, she has since the spring of 2012 successfully competed in several American and International Races – including a first place finish Â in the 2013Â Atlantic Cup Race. Read about all our past races HERE!
::Â THE GLOBAL CIRCUMNAVIGATION!Â What’s happening right NOW is a long-dreamed of adventure of the sort that very few people have ever attempted;Â a single-handed sailing circumnavigation of the globeÂ that Dave and Bodacious Dream are set upon now. OnÂ October 2, 2013, Dave departed from Newport, Rhode Island, on a voyage of learning and discovery that is expected to cover 30,000 miles and take 9 months, before returning to Newport.
1) On December 3, 2013,Â Dave completed Leg 1, landing safely in Cape Town, South Africa,Â afterÂ completing the 8,000 miles voyage. While in Cape Town, Dave visited and filed updates on excursions to visit African Penguins and the Cape of Good Hope.Â While in Cape Town, Earthwatch published a news story on Dave and the Expedition.
2)Â Â OnÂ December 21, 2013, Dave departedÂ Cape TownÂ onÂ Leg 2Â bound forÂ Wellington, New Zealand.Â On February 8, 2014, after enduring weeks of stormy seas,Â Dave safely landed in Wellington, New Zealand – a journey of over 7,000 miles. While in Wellington (where Bodacious Dream was built in 2011) Dave undertook a special excursions to visit Fox Glacier.Â
3) OnÂ March 26, 2014,Â Dave departedÂ Wellington, NZ onÂ Leg 3Â which will take Dave east to a waypoint about 46Â°S Latitude and 147Â°W Longitude before turning Bodacious Dream north towards the Galapagos Islands.Â Stay tuned for regular progress reports.
:: LEARNING AND DISCOVERY!Â Our goal here is to share Dave’s experiencesÂ in as direct and useful a way as possible. We encourage you to jump way deeper into the wonders and beauty of the natural world Dave is traversing by investigating and sharing with the younger people in your world our Explorer â€śStudyâ€ť Guides! (Begin with this one on “Our Watery World” to get a feel for them.)
And be sure to check out our “Citizen Science” page. Included there you will see listed our up-to-date series of “Science Notes“Â written for us by our Earthwatch ocean scientist colleague,Â Tegan MortimerÂ who brilliantly picks up on what Dave encounters on the water and wraps it up for us in beautiful scientific perspectives.Â Let the learning begin!
:: WE’RE HERE! In the meantime, should you want to, drop us a line from our â€śContact Usâ€ť page – ask questions, make comments, say hi â€“ weâ€™ll get back to you as soon as we can. And thank you as always for yourÂ interest and support.
- Dave Rearick (Skipper of Bodacious Dream)