Where The Heck Are The Swains?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Swain family aboard the Flying Fish, using a trawl to drag for ocean plastic. COURTESY PHOTOS

Over the next few months we'll be running periodic updates on the status of the Swain family of Harwich, who are sailing down the east coast with Bahamas as their ultimate destination. Along the way, children Jesse, Lucy and Stanley will be sampling seawater for ocean plastics as well as providing their insights on the sailing life through their blog.

In a Sept. 28 blog post, Lucy Swain recounted the family's stay on Martha's Vineyard during Tropical Storm Jose, when they also celebrated brother Stanley's fifth birthday. After the wind kicked up, they stayed at a family friend's house for a night, then returned to the boat and had a rather rocky night. “I had a hard time sleeping,” Lucy admitted. They stayed on the Vineyard for three days, where they watched two movies, went in their friend's hot tub three times and “spent a lot of time at the library doing school work.”

After leaving the Vineyard, they went to Block Island, where Steve and Sarah celebrated their wedding anniversary, and then on to Sag Harbor; on the way they found a “mini gyre” full of plastic and trash. They anchored off Orient Point State Park on Sept. 26, and then traveled to Port Jefferson in Long Island Sound. Their voyage next took them down the East River, through the Verrazano Narrows, and early this week they were off the coast of New Jersey. A new blog post on their sail down the East River was in the works Tuesday.

Follow the Swain family at sailingswains.blogspot.com.

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