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May 14, 2021

Local couple casting off from convention to save the seven seas

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After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

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Two local young people will live on a sustainable, off-grid sailing ship as part of a project to raise awareness about marine conservation.

Emily Horton and Sage Jeffreys will cast off in a month’s time on a marine conservation sailing vessel powered only by the wind and the sun.

‘Our dream is to live off grid on the ocean, whilst fighting for its protection,’ Ms Horton said.

‘We’ll be converting a standardised fossil fuel boat engine with an electric motor, powered through solar.’

‘It’s time we stepped away from outdated practices and rose to the challenge of pushing societal boundaries.’

The couple will seek to engage people all over the world about the fight to save the world’s oceans through their adventure blog ‘The Mer and The Man’ which is already up and running on multiple platforms including YouTube, Paetreon and Facebook.

‘The current global issues the ocean is facing will be the core of our conservation content,’ Mr Jeffreys said.

‘It’s everything from plastic pollution, the fossil fuel industry, industrial fishing, The Great Barrier Reef, and ending the war on sharks.’

‘We really want to invite people to join us on this mission. We want to help unite youth, to reconnect to our voice, our power and our passion to help inspire good for all beings.’

The pair are seeking community support in the form of in-kind donations or sponsorship so they can finish kitting out their vessel with solar panels, batteries and an auto pilot.

They can be contacted at [email protected], or via social media @ The Mer and The Man.

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  1. Blessings on your sacred pilgrimage! !! May you be well supported in this adventure & yr joy be contagious spreading compassion for the ocean mother of all living beings !


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