The journey of the Career Tech Rift Cruiser (aka Tiny Dancer) began on September 12th, as she was launched into the early morning mist of the vast Pacific Ocean. First wild winds drove her south, but soon she was diverted towards the violent rocky shores of the northerly coast, with jagged prominences ready to capture her. Days spent in the not-so-peaceful waters, gale force winds and twenty foot waves sent the tiny boat scurrying outward to open seas then inward to uninhabited coastal shores. During the next week the twisted winds filled her dragon sail, lifting and lurching the cruiser towards imminent grounding (or becoming leftover wreckage along the wild coasts of Oregon and Washington). Then a gyre captured her. Spinning two wide pirouettes, the tiny dancer finally landed gracefully on the sandy shores of Grayland Beach State Park on the outer coast of Washington. An early morning beachcomber found her perched on the lonely deserted beach. The local rangers recovered her and sent her home with Career Tech’s Recovery Team. Press here to view Voyage 1.
She is being refitted for sea, and has been re-christened for a future journey. We are next to the Pacific fleet of NOAA and the Hatfield Marine Science Center who are looking for ships to launch her for us.