CABLE & WIRELESS ADVENTURER
The Cable and Wireless Adventurer
was built for the purpose of circumnavigating the world in less than 80 days. This was successfully accomplished in July 1998 in 74 days, 20 hours, 58 minutes, traveling more than 22,600 nautical miles (41,855 km). This achievement set a new
Guinness World Record for a powered vessel. However, on 27 June 2008 Earthrace (later renamed Ady Gil), the biodiesel powered wave-piercing
trimaran, set a new world record when it docked at the Vulkan shipyard in Sagunto, Spain after completing a
circumnavigation in just 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes. Both records are longer than the 60 days, 21 hours claimed by the
US Navy's USS Triton nuclear-powered
submarine during Operation Sandblast in 1960.
OCEAN 7 ADVENTURER
RAT RACE MEDIA ADVENTURER
In 2008 she was repainted in Rat Race Media graphics and was the star of a TV series on kykNET, Aqua X. The series started in October 2008 and aired until January 2009.
MILES FOR SMILES ADVENTURER
In November 2009 Ocean 7 Adventurer was chartered by the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation to be the support vessel during leg one of the Miles for Smiles Madagascar Challenge. Before setting out to sea Ocean 7 Adventurer received a new look with the iconic Miles for Smiles regalia. This challenge was the brainchild of David Grier to raise awareness and funding for Operation Smile children suffering from facial deformity. Leg one of this challenge was to paddle some 550 km (342 mi) from Nacala Mozambique to Cap St Andre in Madagascar where leg two of the challenge took place – the traversing of Madagascar from South to North on foot. Ocean 7 Adventurer played a crucial role in supporting David Grier and cameraman Nick Heygate during the paddle crossing.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) acquired the $4 million vessel for its 2010–11 campaign against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and renamed her the MV Gojira (named after the Japanese movie monster Godzilla). Captained by Lockhart "Locky" MacLean, she was the first Australian-flagged vessel to be operated by the Sea Shepherd Society, and though slower, she is twice as large as MY Ady Gil, making her more stable than the boat she replaces. Under the command of Captain Maclean, the MV Gojira successfully located the whaling factory vessel Nishhin Maru in the Ross Sea, during Sea Shepherd's Operation No Compromise, and broke a record for travelling further south than any other multi-hulled yacht in history, at 76*30 South Latitude.
MV BRIGITTE BARDOT
In May 2011 the SSCS was served with a notice from Toho Company Ltd., the copyright holder and owner of the Gojira/Godzilla franchise, regarding the unauthorized use of the trademark. The Society promptly changed the vessel's name to the MV Brigitte Bardot in honor of the French fashion model, actress and singer whom Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, took on an anti-sealing trip in 1977. In addition to a new name, the vessel also received a new
paint scheme; the overall black scheme was replaced by a grey coloration similar to that of a naval vessel.
Long, thin hulls are nothing new, this is Turbinia at full steam in 1897 when Charles Parsons was doing his best to interest the Royal Navy to adopt his steam turbine engines. What was novel about the Cable and Wireless design was adding outriggers, no doubt inspired by the island fishing boats that have one or two hulls on either side of their canoes.
The repair process, with a cost of over $250,000, included placing the ship in a hermetically sealed chamber.
Composite yacht experts from across the globe, including the ship's designer, were flown in to assess the damages and recommend a course of action. Sea Shepherd's 18 Australian chapters raised the money necessary to repair the vessel. Repairs to the MV Brigitte Bardot were completed and the ship set sail for sea trials on 16 April 2012.
The Cable & Wireless Adventurer on the River Thames
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