A qualified skipper and first mate will man the boat. The rest of the crew will consist of artists. Sailing skills and experience are not mandatory for participating artists.
The proposed journey will take place over the course of a year and be broken up into five legs, at which points participating artists may embark and disembark.
While prior sailing experience is not necessary, the real preparation will take place in the participant’s state of mind prior to departure, with the challenge being to find a mental hold while at high seas for prolonged periods of time. The participants should also be able to project themselves not only into their individual participation on a leg of the journey, but also into the project as a whole.
Point of No Return (PNR) is a navigation concept which defines the point beyond which one must continue on one’s current course of action because turning back no longer makes sense. As the majority of the journey will take place on high seas with weeks of not seeing the shore, everyone on board will have to undergo their own personal PNR; to be aware of the moment when one stops doubting and thinking they could return to shore and accepts that they are aboard for a long duration of time surrounded by nothing but the sea.