Have you seen this ship?

Please report date and position to the Expedition Headquarters.

Contact us here.

EXPEDITION TO THE ORIGINS OF THE WIND

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean an unmanned “windship” makes its way through the waves - almost transparent, people say, wings everywhere… and it is headed, without a doubt,  INTO THE WIND !                            With three prows pointing straight into the wind it is underway across the world’s vastest ocean, following every windshift. No one knows how long it’s been travelling. People laugh at fishermen who talk about having seen it.

But there it appears again; all but silently it moves through the swell, as if drawn by an invisible string: on an impossible course.

 



And it is true:  the ship exists.

 

This is the Windvinder, unmanned vessel of the Expedition to the Origins of the Wind: a satellite on the ocean. It is steered by wind alone and driven by headwind.  A windmill drives the ship’s propeller; a tail fin in the wind keeps the vessel on its never changing course.

 

From time to time an island pops up in its path.

For anyone who finds it there, instructions are engraved on all parts of the ship  (translated into more than 45 languages):  People are asked to mend what is broken, improve what wasn’t working, and to relaunch the vessel on its voyage – to where the wind comes from.

 

Please report date, position, and any changes in the construction to the Expedition Headquarters (contact here) .




 

The expedition On the Track of the Windvinder sails from the North Sea to the waters where Windvinder has last been seen, somewhere in Oceania. People with adequate sailing experience can join this voyage around the world.