SIX 6 PACK - SAND ISLAND YACHT CLUB

 

  THE $BILLION DOLLAR WHALE - KULO LUNA

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The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hook. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the whale.

 

 

 

(Original Book Chapter 15) Six Pack - 200 N, 1600 W

 

 

 

DARWIN TO ADELAIDE <<<

 

The start reminded Steve of the Oxford and Cambridge university boat races along the River Thames in London. An imaginary line had been drawn on the ocean between two Marshall boats that were anchored. Each contender had to be behind this line . It took several attempts to line the boats up, even with only a mild sea.

 

In between and as close as they could get from almost every vantage point, the media were snapping pictures and shooting video, for their news channels.

 

Six contenders were doing their best to keep their vessels in line for a fair start, not that a few meters would make a lot of difference in a race that was likely to last one hundred and fifty days or more, over more than 40,000 kilometers. Perhaps quite a lot less time for the winner, and many more nautical miles for the last to cross the finish line.

 

Irresistibly, the press had labeled the six challengers the 'Six Pack,' after the plastic rings that beer cans used to be packaged in for supermarkets.

 

The competitors were the Elizabeth Swan, Khufu Kraft, Photon Planet, Seashine, Starlight and Sunriser.

 

The Elizabeth Swan was the hottest contender and the odds on favorite to win because of her clocked speeds during trials.

 

Starlight was held to be the next fastest boat with Photon Planet third, followed by Seashine, Sunriser and last but not least the Khufu Kraft. Each design was quite different from the other, some large and some small.

 

Starlight was captained by Sarah Jones, coincidentally, a former partner of John Storm from many years ago when students. They had been partners for years enjoying sailing and diving together, but disagreed on politics and career paths and soon became friendly rivals as the wounds healed over the years to allow them to compare notes even, and still go home separately.

 

The Photon Planet was a smaller, faster development, from a team who'd advised on the PlanetSolar concept. The Turanor PlanetSolar was the world's first solar powered boat to circumnavigate the globe in 2012. This entry was from a Swiss consortium, enthusiasts who were keen to keep some of the younger family members of the original team in the frame.

 

Seashine was quite a large vessel fielded by a Canadian consortium, where their Prime Minister was doing all he could to combat climate change and other marine conservation issues.

 

Sunriser was an Australian entry developed from the Solar Sailor concept, except that it featured vertical wind turbines.  The Solar Sailor was designed by Robert Dane before 2000. The Solar Sailor was a harbor ferry, the Sunriser was an ocean going vessel.

 

The Khufu Kraft was an entry from Egypt and other Middle Eastern backers, with the son of a Sheik at the helm; Abdullah Amir, noted for his conservation efforts. This boat harked back to the days of the Pharaohs, styled on the lines of those ancient craft, brought into the modern world as a large yacht.

 

Staying on station with a tide pushing them back and forward required a little jostling on the part of the captains using forward and aft thrust, but finally all of the entrants were in a line of sorts and a flare was fired to signify the start of the race followed by a very loud horn that echoed across the harbor deafeningly.

 

Great swirls of water jetted backwards from the propellers of all six racers to an uproar of appreciation from the gathered crowd who whistled and clapped, some throwing hats and anything else handy into the air. Others jumped up and down and hugged the person standing next to them, some even kissing in the excitement, then realizing too late they didn't know the person who they had just kissed.

 

The cheering died down as the Elizabeth Swan made it out into open water way ahead of Starlight, who was some way ahead of Photon Planet, with the other three stragglers bringing up the rear. Despite her magnificence, the yacht Khufu Kraft, was the slowest vessel, but still gave a good account of herself, in the absence of diesel fumes.

 

A media scrum on water developed as the press boats rushed after the Six Pack. They could not keep up with the Swann and Starlight. A helicopter was covering the story for Sky News and their editor Tom Hudson, capturing some stunning aerial views of the boats leaving the harbour, including circling the race leaders.

 

As the gap widened and the boats grew smaller on the horizon, silence descended on the crowd at the start line, just like the start of the Volvo Ocean Races. Then, after a respectable time and to fill the void, the event organizers opened up on loud speakers:

 

"Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to thank you all for coming to make this event what it is. As you saw for yourselves these boats can really move - the future of zero emission ocean transport perhaps. I'm here with .......... "

 

Meanwhile, nearly six and a half thousand kilometers away north-west, as the crow flies, another kind of contest was playing out as pirate whalers began their hunt for what they thought would be easy prey.

 

WHALING CHASE >>>


 

 

 

Six and a half thousand kilometers away, pirates are about to begin their chase of two whales in the Philippine Sea.

 

 

SCENE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

 

   

 

Chapter 1

Arctic Melt  (Prologue)

580 W, 750 N

Chapter 2

Freelance

510 30N, 00

Chapter 3

Flashback

420 N, 880 W

Chapter 4

Sydney Australia

330 S, 1510 E

Chapter 5

English Inventor

270 30S, 1530 E

Chapter 6

Bat Cave

330 20S, 1520 E

Chapter 7

Arctic Circle

500 N, 1700 W

Chapter 8

Whale Sanctuary

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 9

Moby Dick

420 N, 700 W

Chapter 10

Pirates

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 11

United Nations

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 12

Black Market

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 13

Solar Race

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 14

Darwin to Adelaide

130 S, 1310 E 350 S, 1380 E

Chapter 15

Six Pack

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 16

Whaling Chase

240 N, 1410 E

Chapter 17

All Hands

240 N, 1400 E

Chapter 18

SPLASH

40N0, 1550 (Whale Trust Maui)

Chapter 19

Sky High (deal)

380 S, 1450 E

Chapter 20

Empty Ocean

200  N, 1600 E  (middle of Pacific)

Chapter 21

Abandoned

200 N, 1300 E  (off Philippines)

Chapter 22

Open Season (water)

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 23

LadBet International 

470 N, 70 E

Chapter 24

Billion Dollar Whale

250 N, 1250 E

Chapter 25

Hawaii

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 26

Rash Move

140 N, 1800 E

Chapter 27

Off Course

150 N, 1550 E

Chapter 28

Shark Attack

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 29

Sick Whale

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 30

Medical SOS

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 31

Whale Nurse

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 32

Learning Curve

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 33

Storm Clouds

150 S, 1550 E

Chapter 34

The Coral Sea

150 S, 1570 E

Chapter 35

Tell Tail Signs

230 S, 1550 E

Chapter 36

Plastic Island

20 S, 1600

Chapter 37

High Regard

20 S, 1600 E

Chapter 38

Tickets Please

20 S, 1600 E

Chapter 39

Media Hounds

170 S, 1780E

Chapter 40

Breach of Contract

200 S, 1520 E

Chapter 41

Botany Bay

350 S, 1510 E

Chapter 42

Fraser Island

250 S, 1530 E

Chapter 43

Congratulations

250 S, 1530 E

Chapter 44

Sweet Sorrow (epilogue)

250 S, 1530 E

 

 

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL

 

The graphic novel translation omits many of the above chapters (in grey) entirely, and condenses others, aiming for a lively visual read.

 

 

SCENE

DESCRIPTION

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Scene 1

Climate Change (optional)

1st Chapter

Scene 2

Sydney Australia

Scene 3

Bat Cave

Scene 4

Aleutian Islands

Scene 5

Pirates

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Scene 6

Solar Boat Race

2nd Chapter

Scene 7

Darwin to Adelaide

Scene 8

Six Pack

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Scene 9

Whaling Chase

3rd Chapter

Scene 10

Empty Ocean

Scene 11

$Billion Dollar Whale

Scene 12

Rash Move

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Scene 13

Off Course

4th Chapter

Scene 14

Shark Attack

Scene 15

Sick Whale

Scene 16

Medical SOS

Scene 17

Whale Nurse

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Scene 18

Storm Clouds

5th Chapter

Scene 19

The Coral Sea

Scene 20

Plastic Island

Scene 21

Media Hounds

Scene 22

Breach of Contract (optional)

Scene 23

Fraser Island

Scene 24

Congratulations

 

 

 

 

This story is a modern Moby Dick, the twist being that there is a happy ending for everyone involved with the $Billion Dollar Whale, even the whalers. Herman Melville would have approved.

 

 

 

 

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