As American adventure sailor Brad Van Liew readied himself for the solo challenge of circling the globe under sail, his children had questions.
Wyatt, 6, asked about the weather and the sharks. Tate, 8, wanted to know why he had to go. Young Tate asked if he would take a moment at the equator to send off a message in a bottle from her, with the hopes that it might be found some day and she would know where it traveled.
“Despite the racing, Tate's message was a priority as I crossed the equator,” Van Liew said.
Nine months later the delicate glass bottle had acquired some barnacles and seagrass before washing onto the small, secluded beach of Guana Bay on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean.