"What a lucky bastard I am," I thought, watching the early-bird commuters on the Jamestown bridge. But then I spotted the first Styrofoam Dunkin' Donuts coffee cup being swept along by the incoming tide. A couple of soda bottles and a few plastic shopping bags later, my dream date with Mother Nature was pretty much over; the jetsam kept taking me back to the previous weekend's seminar at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and the darkened ballroom where Mark Schrader and Herb McCormick (see his Sail Green story, "Dying from Seas of Debris," ) talked about their Around the Americas expedition. Mark is captain of Ocean Watch, the sailboat that carried crew, educators, and scientists from Seattle through the Northwest Passage, around Cape Horn, and back to Seattle in just 13 months. Herb, a CW editor at large and one of four permanent crewmembers, filed frequent blogs and stories for the magazine (see "Closing the Circle," November 2010), several of which included accounts of environmental calamities they'd witnessed. But like the occasional candy wrapper blown out the window or can that slides off the deck, these could be easily overlooked.