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Thomson prepares for Gladstone

ALTHOUGH Cyclone Ului rocked much of the Whitsundays’ sailing community, Ian Thomson’s Save Our Seas campaign has remained on track.

Thomson will set sail on his solo voyage around Australia, aiming to break a world record and raise awareness of the damage caused to the marine environment by plastic bags, on a May date yet to be set.

In the meantime, there is plenty of work to be done leading in to SOS Ocean Racing’s solo trial run in the upcoming Brisbane to Gladstone.

Thomson flew to Brisbane late last week to join up with his boat, which still needs plenty of work to get it into race ready condition.

Although there is still plenty to do, Thomson is confident SOS will be ready to roll well in advance of the race’s Good Friday start date.

He said that although the Brisbane to Gladstone would be the first major platform to get publicity for his round Australia campaign, signs that the plastic bag side of his campaign were having an impact were already building.

This has been typified by an invitation into the global Plastic Pollution Coalition, which is headlined by musicians Jack Johnson and Ben Harper and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover.

“Last week I was invited to join this group of businesses and celebrities to get the message out,” Thomson said.

“This group will give my campaign maximum exposure around the world and will hopefully allow me to eventually set sail around the world.

“This is the sort of reach I want my campaign to make.

“They found my site and invited me so this proves my campaign’s message is getting out and I haven’t even started yet.

“Who knows how big this can be but it is heading in the right direction.”

Thomson is hoping his campaign will get plenty of support from the Whitsunday community through memberships, which cost $100 per person or $250 for families.

To become a member or to follow Thomson’s progress, visit www.sosoceanracing.com.


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