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Image result for new pngFiona Tackles Four Canals and Two Ocean Crossings 2015-2016 - An eleven-month cruise to Canada, Scotland, the Baltic, England, Portugal and the Caribbean.   The tranquil canals of Scotland, Denmark and Germany are in contrast to the heavy seas of the Bay of Biscay.   After arriving in Portugal Fiona required extensive repairs before it was safe to sail to the Caribbean.   During the cruise fourteen crew signed on at one time or another, including Captain Forsyth’s son and daughter.  The pleasures of small boat cruising are exemplified by care-free scenes in St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands. 

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The Inexplicable Attraction of Ocean Cruising - My 50 Years at Sea  This video depicts Captain Forsyth's fifty-year plus cruising career.   It begins with an 8 mm movies record of a trip made by Edith and Eric with John Knight aboard Arvincourt II in 1964 and concludes with HD video footage of his harrowing journey aboard Fiona in the Southern Ocean in 2013/14. 

 

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Fiona Battles to Reach Antarctica  
Captain Forsyth and his skilled videographers are back with their latest. The video, Fiona Battles To Reach Antarctica, was made using high-quality digital video. Cost is $20 plus $3.00 postage in the US and $5.00 postage for the rest of the world.

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FIONA BATTLES TO REACH ANTARCTICA depicts Fiona’s 2013/2014, 10-month cruise. The intention was to reach Antarctica at the start of the southern summer and to use the short window to sail westwards along the coast with the predominant east to southeasterly winds, which Captain Forsyth had observed on previous trips to the continent. On the way, crew problems forced Captain Forsyth to sail single-handed from the Canary Islands to Brazil. Once the full crew complement was achieved, Fiona set sail from the Falkland Islands but soon ran into a severe storm. The boat nearly sank, due to a hose coming loose; after that, the steering system failed and when the staysail was torn to shreds, Captain Forsyth abandoned hope of reaching Antarctica and ran downwind to Cape Town for repairs. On the way home, the boat stopped at the fascinating islands of St. Helena and Ascension.  Directed and Narrated by Eric Forsyth.  Edited by Lew Schatzer.

THE GREEN OCEAN RACE™ is an event proposed by Captain Forsyth to show that sailboats could cross an ocean without using any fossil fuel. Energy for cooking, electronics, lights, etc. would be generated on board using wind and sun power; analogous to what the earth will face in a few decades.

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Fiona Challenges The Northwest Passage

This video depicts Fiona's 11-month cruise from Long Island, NY, to Greenland, the Northwest Passage and through the Bering Strait, to the Aleutian Islands. From there the ship sailed across the Gulf of Alaska to San Francisco. After a brief stopover, the cruise continued to Mexico, Costa Rico, the Panama Canal, Colombia and home through the Windward Passage, thus completing a circumnavigation of North America. Frequent reference is made to early explorers who pioneered the discovery of the Northwest Passage. There are exciting scenes as Fiona became trapped in the pack ice for three days. The video is produced by The Green Ocean Race, which is a proposal by Captain Forsyth to dramatize the future awaiting us when the planet's fossil fuels are exhausted. Yachts will sail a transoceanic race without any fuel on board--all energy used by the crew will be generated by the boat's motion through the water or by wind and sunlight. This is analogous to the earth flying through space under the same conditions, but striking an optimistic note; alternatives can be developed.

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Fiona's Greenland Saga 2008

This video depicts a four month summer cruise across the North Atlantic to the Azores and then up to Newfoundland and Greenland.  The crew visited interesting archeological sites from the Norse explorations and the early English and French settlements. The appearance of several hurricanes complicated the cruise but by and large the weather was good and little ice was encountered in northern waters.  The video is presented by the Green Ocean Race, which is designed to show that boats can cross an ocean and generate all the energy they need using wind and sunlight. It is symbollic of the era our planet is moving into. The video, Fiona's Greenland Saga 2008, runs for 58 minutes and is in NTSC format. Cost is $20 plus $3.00 postage in the US and $5.00 postage for the rest of the world.

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Fiona's Atlantic Islands Adventure

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This video depicts a 10-month, 12,500 mile, odyssey along the rim of the Atlantic. Fiona sailed to Canada, Iceland, the Faroes, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands, Brazil, French Guiana and home via the Caribbean and Bermuda. The boat experienced heavy weather on the way to Iceland and off the Irish coast; there was a fairly high crew turnover; 19 signed on with Captain Forsyth during the cruise. On the way, expeditions were made to several islands which are hard to get to except by boat: Sable Island, Heimaey, St. Peter and Paul Rock Rock. The video includes a magical sequence, shot by one of the crew, when a dozen dolphins gamboled at the bow of the boat. Animal lovers will appreciate views of the wild horses that live on Sable Island. Horses are also featured in scenes of a fair in rural Ireland. At the same location Captain Forsyth visited the South Pole Inn, famously built by Tom Crean, a survivor of the Shackleton Antarctic expedition, so that he could always quaff a beer at the South Pole!

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Fiona Returns to Antarctica

The DVD vividly depicts Captain Eric Forsyth's 11-month, 20,000-nautical mile voyage from Long Island, New York, to Antarctica and back via the Panama Canal. His sturdy Westsail 42 cutter sailboat, FIONA, was manned by 13 visiting crew members at different times. During the voyage, Captain Forsyth descended into an active volcano in the Azores Islands, filmed the wild music of Salvador, Brazil and spent Christmas at the Races in the Falkland Islands. The stark grandeur of the scenery in the Antarctic is without parallel; Captain Forsyth traversed the famous Le Maire Channel on the way to the Antarctic Circle. In several places he compares evidence of climate change with pictures taken on a cruise made eight years previously. He returned via the west coast of Chile, thus completing a westabout rounding of Cape Horn. On the way to Panama the boat stopped at Robinson Crusoe Island.  At the end of the video, Captain Forsyth mentions some of the changes he has witnessed in over 40 years of ocean cruising. He is concerned about the profligate use of fossil fuel in the world and suggests a way of dramatizing future changes in a way that is understandable to the general public by staging a transoceananic race for sailboats which will not carry any fossil fuel and generate all the energy they need themselves. This is analogous to our own earth in a few decades which will be sailing through space without any fossil fuel on board.

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