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New cruising/ sailing comic series: Cat VS Mono! Just because I have more time on my hands being in semi-isolation on the boat and also because the world is pretty effed up and we might all need a little humour & friendly competition to get us through these weird times. If you also have some spare time to daydream a reason why your Catamaran or Monohull is better to cruise on - add your thoughts to the comments and it will be turned into a toon over the coming weeks. ⛵️⚓️ To all those who are in limbo while checking out of one country, then refused entry into the next, only to be refused entry back into the one you just checked out of 😩... this series is dedicated to you!

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Valentine’s Day sailing comic - the other woman by Sarah Steenland

Happy Valentine’s Day! This comic was inspired by my brothers, (the twins) who race together on a very fast racing boat called Depth Charge Ethel. It has a very cool graphic of a sexy 1950’s pin up girl on the bow, capturing the essence in all her well-endowed glory of ‘the other woman’ in boating men’s lives... or ‘the only woman’.

Comic by Sarah Steenland - Cruising Cartoonist

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Comic: ‘Plastic in Paradise’ - We can’t sail away from our plastic waste problems. The reality of cruising the world now is finding no paradise untouched by human plastic waste.

What I’ve been up to in my cave: If you are a regular reader of my comic newsletter you may have been wondering what the heck happened to me since the last comic. Don’t fret my salty friends! I haven’t stopped drawing sailing & cruising comics, they’ve just been less frequent because my family ‘The Sea Monkeys’ have been on a mission stopping the plastic flow into our ocean home.

Before we left Australia to sail the world back in 2015, I only had visions of us playing on deserted pristine beaches on lush tropical islands and crystal clear water. But the reality is more like this: plastic debris washed up on every beach, micro-plastics and plastic tides often float in streams past our boat. It’s a distressing sight and has tainted this otherwise incredible adventure.

Even as we sailed the remotest parts of Australia, there were piles of plastic above the tide line. We decided that it didn’t feel right to keep cruising and not try to do something about it.

After years of sailing Asia, talking to many locals and working on ideas to make an impact to stop the plastic flow, we ended up creating The Sea Monkey Project - led by our fearless daughter Sydney, a passionate Ocean Advocate. She is the leader but we all contribute. Skipper (Carlos) builds plastic recycling machines, Indi (11) creates animated plastic awareness videos, and helps with workshops, Sydney (14) leads the way, helps build the machines and does talks (she obviously didn’t inherit my deep fear of public speaking). My contribution is creating ocean plastic education comics for kids, which I somehow manage to squeeze in between my freelance work.

So far we have six machine sets in communities - one on Jersey Island in the UK, the other 5 are on islands here in Asia. The idea behind setting up the machines in communities near the sea, is to create cottage industries that put value on the plastic waste. If the locals can lift their income by collecting plastic from beaches, sea and sidewalks and also being paid to upcycle the plastics into something more valuable, then it has a chance to be sustainable. Benefiting both locals and the environment.

If you want to find out more about The Sea Monkey Project or would like to support the project head over to our website: www.seamonkeyproject.com