Monthly archives of “September 2006


Thank you to all those that ‘dugg’ my article and viewed my auction on eBay – Forty people ‘dugg’ the Digg Post, which unfortunately didn’t make it to the frontpage, but still refers a decent amount of traffic nevertheless.

The auction was viewed by exactly 650 people (is that an auspicious number?) and caught the attention of a possible major sponsor, and an upcoming magazine article! It’s all top secret and unconfirmed, but still very exciting.

I have a feeling my small attempts at sponsorship on eBay probably could have been timed a little better… I learnt a lot from the whole PR thing however, for example: Don’t time your auction when your country of origin is in a media storm over celebrity deaths… Little sailing boat ideas do not fare very well.

Due to a very gracious employer not paying me for work recieved, I am in a pickle and heading back to London to seek further work. I’m just testing to see whether moving countries twice in under six months starts to become an easier or harder task (not really, I just have no other choice…).

I fly out tomorrow for interviews on Wednesday, and will be sleeping on the boat for the rest of the week in quiet anticipation, to see if I actually land a job in such a short time. If the damn yacht was in the water, I think I would come very close to just vanishing at this stage!

While I may sound somewhat jovial about the whole thing, it’s really quite a delicate situation I’m in. For starters, I had to go out and buy a suit. I have a theory that any job requiring you to change your clothes, should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, I also have a feeling London doesn’t associate ‘genius’ with an old jeans and faded tshirt look… I think Tony Blair is attempting to harness Silicone Valley culture in the UK, but with him prancing around in a suit just like his fellow countrymen, I think he should lead by example – Someone email me when he starts wearing skivvies and jeans, and I’ll imitate.

Dress sense and suit wearing jokes aside, fingers crossed something works out, otherwise the closest I’ll be coming to sailing, is floating coffee cups in the sink and singing. So if anyone has a job out there for an unemployed EU national with a ridiculous dream, I’m your man. I’ll even sing while I work.

I’ll attempt to make some kind of update from the boat, as I sit in the cockpit dreaming for fare winds and pressure against the tiller, as “Constellation” rests on it’s poles…

Till later,


eBoy + Bigoceans + Auction = Sponsorship(?)

It’s now time to announce the scheme we’ve been working on! For a full explanation of the sponsorship idea, please read my Ebay auction. Daryl Cook has also kindly written me a Press Release which gives a good breakdown of my proposed trip. Feel free to promote my auction on Digg by ‘digging’ it here.

Should the auction be successful, I will be donating 10% of the winning proceeds to Oceana who tirelessly work at protecting the Worlds Oceans. Since I will be sailing through more than one Ocean, I felt this was the most logical charity to try and support.

Many thanks to eBoy for believing in the project and seeing the potential.

I have no idea if this will work. Fingers crossed!


Press Release

A very warm thank you to Daryl Cook for writing a press release for project. A PDF version of this release is available here.

HTML version:


For Immediate Release


Berlin, Germany: September 6, 2006 — American writer, journalist and wit Mark Twain wrote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.?��Ǩ��

And that is what intrepid artist and self-confessed geek Nick Jaffe is planning to do–literally. Nick, with little sailing experience or money to fund the project, is attempting to sail solo all the way home to Melbourne, Australia from the UK on a small boat.

Nick intends to set foot aboard deck of ‘Constellation’ his 1972 Contessa, setting sail from Southampton, UK in May 2007 travelling via the Americas, through the Panama canal, via Pitcairn Island to New Zealand, and is planning on arriving safely at his final destination in Melbourne, Australia in early 2008.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Aussie solo adventurers Kay Cottee, and Jesse Martin, An adventure of a lifetime, Nick’s plan would be an ambitious and bold undertaking for anyone, under most circumstances. But Nick is not your average Joe, nor is he operating under what one might call normal circumstances. He’s a 25-year-old Aussie with a big dream–but at this point in time–very little else, except a boat!

Nick is an aspiring artist who is currently living in Berlin, yet he barely speaks a word of German. He makes a very modest living as a contract computer programmer in Berlin, attempting to save enough money just to pay off the boat, let alone try and cover all the other expenses that go with gearing up to take such a journey.

Nick’s boating experience is as modest as his lifestyle. He has no offshore solo experience (yet), and he plans to sail half way around the world in less than 9 months time.

So why would one attempt such a massive undertaking under such challenging conditions?

In his own words, it (the journey) is “a bringing together of my greatest interests, in order to create a diverse project far greater than myself, one that is overwhelming in every way … a serious act of playfulness, a melting pot of seemingly disparate interests, and the making of a child like fantasy.”

Nick plans on using a variety of online technologies and digital media, such as a blog, podcasts and photography extensively as part of his journey. Leading up to the voyage and while he is at sea, content will be consistently updated in an attempt to create a genuinely captivating and worthwhile project that the world can follow and share his experiences along the way.

Technology will also play a large part in helping him make a safe and successful voyage, via navigation, safety, and communications technology.

Nick is also hoping that his adventure will raise environmental awareness towards pollution free transport, alternative forms of energy and ocean protection, issues that Nick is very passionate about.

Nick’s journey will culminate in an exhibition of what promises to be a spectacular digital collection and other artwork from his time at sea.

A combination of art, technology, environmentalism and adventure, Nick Jaffe’s planned solo boating journey from the UK to Australia in May 2007 is ambitious, daring and bold. In true pioneering spirit it will not only be an exploration of the digital frontier, but a journey and discovery of self.

For additional information contact Nick Jaffe or visit

About Nick:
Nick Jaffe is an artist and software developer who currently lives & works in Berlin, Germany. He?��Ǩ�Ѣs trying to sail home to Melbourne, Australia and write about his tales on the web. He has little money or sailing experience, however he does have a big dream, and (somehow) a boat.

N. Jaffe
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Daryl Cook (Media Relations)
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