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Ocean supplement: what I have learned on the oceans

Progress is happening—but it’s painfully slow

By Dona Bertarelli  

The sounds that a racing sailboat makes at night when moving at speed are unnerving. Noise is a constant companion below deck: the crash of waves breaking on the hull; the sheets cracking in the wind; the grinding of the boat against the water. On deck, the vast blackness that envelops the boat amplifies this unearthly soundscape and the apparent isolation from humanity. The effects of humanity, however, are all around.

As a sailor I am fortunate enough to have raced boats all over the ocean. The sea is my passion, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic I’ve been…

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