David Rockefeller, Jr., Sponsor
David Rockefeller, Jr. (Boston, MA), director and former chairman of Rockefeller & Co., Inc., is a noted philanthropist, Rockefeller is vice chair of the National Park Foundation and former national vice chair of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. He served as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, which issued a comprehensive report on the health of U.S. marine waters in June 2003. David’s commitment to ensuring that our government and communities embrace and implement the recommendations of the Pew Commission – and his passion for sailing and the sea – fueled the formation of his organization, Sailors for the Sea, which was crucial to the planning and execution of this journey.
Mark Schrader, Captain and Project Director
Mark Schrader (Seattle, WA), a two-time single-handed circumnavigator of the world, has worked for years with marine conservation organizations, including assisting the noted Center for Environmental Education and other organizations quantify and document the scope of the oceanic pollution. The ocean became important to this Nebraska native late in his teenage years, with moves to California and Washington, and his sailing interests have taken him twice around Cape Horn, through the South Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as North Atlantic and Alaskan waters. He has lived in Washington State for over 35 years and is an avid marine conservationist and wildlife advocate. He speaks regularly and eloquently at conservation and wilderness events, reaching many thousands of people each year.
Herb McCormick, Author
Herb McCormick (Newport, RI) is a native of Rhode Island and a graduate of Williams College. He is the former editor of Cruising World magazine and has also been the sailing correspondent and sports writer for the New York Times. A veteran ocean racer, he has competed in the Newport to Bermuda, Pacific Cup, Transpac, Sydney to Hobart and cruised and raced from Alaska to Antarctica. He is the co-author of Out There, a book about the first solo global circumnavigation race. He live-blogged the Around the Americas journey.
David Thoreson, Photographer
David Thoreson (Arnolds Park, IA), adventure photographer, served as the cameraman and photographer aboard Ocean Watch. His exploits have also included shooting for the U.S. National Park Service, bicycling 10,000 miles solo, and sailing 65,000 miles around the planet, including both polar regions. He completed the historic Northwest Passage by sail during the summers of 2007 and 2009 becoming the first American sailor in history to transit the fabled passage in both directions. David premiered his new documentary in 2008, Arctic Journey in a Changing World, on PBS. He is speaking nationally on issues of exploration and climate change including the first 2008 World Science Festival in NYC. David's work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publications, books, and award-winning Public Television documentaries. He is currently touring nationally with a new exhibit and speaking presentations.