I am going to go around the world in a Pedal Powered Boat!
My name is M. Scott Ault.. Calgary (alberta) based artist, author, photographer, and soundscape composer/ engineer.
I am going to use nothing but pedal power and go entirely around the world.. pedal power for nautical propulsion.. pedal power for all boat electronics and power.. solar would be a cool backup but I’ve invested a lifetime in cycle technologies so.. I’m sticking with what I know.
I am doing this because I have always been a cyclist. Not so much a sailer but I can learn that. Being a cyclist I see things differently and I move through spaces differently. Why rush? Why not go around the world by Pedal Power.. and show people how to slow down and live a bit more sustainably?!?
My plan is to leave in the spring of either 2024 or 2025 from Vancouver, BC. As I have a fair amount of time ahead of me, I’m not too concerned with the exact time and date at this point. I will be looking in to weather patterns and trends before finalizing the departure time table.
And The Roolez that determined my Route
I am following the rules set out by the Order of Magellan which means:
- The Route must be a “Great Circle” or.. I can’t just go close to a Pole and go around that. The “Great Circle” is estimated to be about 45,000km.
- I must pass through two “Antipodal” points on the planet.. or, two points that are diametrically opposed to each other.. I’ve chosen~ as target points~ one location on the North Island of New Zealand and it’s antopide with can be found near the Traight of Gibraltar.
I first decided to do this, in all honesty, in~ about~ 1992 while I was cycling from Northern Alberta in hopes of reaching the Earth Summit in Brazil. I was riding with two other individuals who wholeheartedly said that you couldn’t propel a boat using bike gears.. little did they~ or I~ know at that time that Steven K. Roberts was building his MicroShip which did exactly that. And several have emerged since.. all trying to answer the same question- go fast without gas!
More Histrionics Here (coming soon).