Wave Warriors Week on Daily Planet, May 14 – 18 on Discovery Channel

Surf’s up! DAILY PLANET scours the globe for the machines and people who float, dive, hover, or speed across the world’s oceans, pushing the boundaries every nautical mile on “Wave Warriors Week,” Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.

Join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as Canada’s favourite science show gets prepped for an exhilarating summer with one final jam-packed theme week, including a special Alan Nursall Experience on the physics of sailing, the fastest high-performance race boat of the year and a brave British Army commando attempting to traverse the treacherous Pacific Ring of Fire.

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Wave Warriors Theme Week” include:


Alan Nursall Experience: Physics of Sailing with Derek Hatfield

How is it possible for a sailboat to travel faster than wind speed? A great place to find out is on board the Open 60-class “Active House Spirit of Canada” racer with Canada’s most accomplished sailor, Derek Hatfield. Hatfield takes Nursall for a sail on his extraordinary boat – which has raced around the world five times – as the DAILY PLANET correspondent discovers the secrets of getting maximum speed out of the wind, along with the perils of open-ocean solo racing!


The Fastest Race Boat of the Year

It’s hand-made, custom-built and might be the fastest design this year. DAILY PLANET profiles a new Doug Wright original for the Mouawad-sponsored racing team – an offshore high-performance race boat for world-class driver Gary Ballough. Wright takes his old-school, surfboard-building skills and combines it with the latest innovations in structural engineering to make an incredibly fast and durable super boat.  


Ocean Rower

Charlie Martel is attempting to conquer what he calls “the Everest of oceans,” the North Pacific, by rowing solo approximately 10,000 km from Japan to the U.S. The veteran British Army Commando, who specialized in bomb disposal, is no stranger to danger. Martel’s trip is fraught with challenges as it passes “The Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area where large numbers of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions occur often and without warning.

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