Reid Stowe

Born into a family of longtime boat builders and inspired by his father's Air Force career, Reid has been challenging the seas with lengthy voyages since age 19, when he first sailed from Hawaii to New Zealand in 1971. It was during this time that he met and was influenced by France's Bernard Moitessier, the first man to sail nonstop around the world. 

A feature written about the Explorers Club of New York by Conde Nast Traveler describes Reid as being the "genuine article, with an old-fashioned spirit of adventure" and "a man with that rare combination of unbridled passion and impetuosity." Nicholas Sullivan, president of the Explorer's Club, adds that "By virtue of his Voyage of 1000 Days, Reid will be one of the greatest explorers ever."

Reid Stowe and his extraordinary spirit of adventure, as reflected in the Ocean Odyssey, have attracted quality media coverage in recent years. American publications, including NY Times, NY Magazine, Outside, French News NYC, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, Ocean Navigator, Boat International, NY Sunday Magazine, Off Shore, Conde Nast Traveler, Sea Frontiers Magazine, Sail, Ad Astra National Space Magazine, and Blue Magazine, as well as the international periodicals Nautical Scene, Yacht, Journal du Dimanche, and Sud Ouest have carried articles on what will in all likelihood be a historic voyage-with global participation via floating technological linked to interactive website available for global participation.

Returning from New Zealand, Reid built a 1400-pound catamaran and ventured for three years across the Atlantic Ocean and back, then up the Amazon River-all without benefit of radio, electronics, or motor. In 1976, brimming with knowledge and confidence, Reid began preparing for a challenging six-month voyage to the Antarctic. With the help of family and friends, he designed and built, in a year and a half, what he terms "the ultimate long distance, heavy weather sailboat," a 70-foot and 60-ton gaff-rigged schooner that he named Anne, in honor of his mother. For six months in 1986, Reid and a crew sailed her to Antarctica, "where few boats venture due to the extremely dangerous conditions." 

Reid is currently embarked on the longest nonstop sailing expedition in history – a 1000 day nonstop voyage which will not be completed at the time of the 2009 Atlantica I Expeditions.  However, Reid will be accompanying the Atlantica I crew by satellite telephone and will be the only “virtual crewmember”, linking the two historic expeditions together on several occasions during the Atlantica I mission.