Brutal winds and high seas were the Plastiki's last hurdle before reaching the coast of Queensland, Australia.
The journey, which is an effort to promote waste reduction through the recycling and reuse of plastic, is nearly at an end, with about 300 miles to travel before reaching Sydney Harbor.
Weather had cooperated for most of the trip, with winds peaking at 30 knots until the recent storm. With one mainsail already "blown out," and the mast coming close to toppling, the boat -- made in part from recycled plastic, so possibly not the sturdiest thing for a Pacific crossing -- is still in one piece, mostly.
Jackson West likes a good sailing adventure, even if some ecological mission is a convenient excuse.