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.
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."
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.
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."
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.