For the first time after five years sailing around the world ,visiting all continents ,crossing all seas and oceans Sailing vessel Pangaea is out of the water .Time to sort a few problems before we go to the next destination Greenland
After 1460 days on the sea ,yesterday at 4 am I arrived to Switzerland .Little village called Chateau-D-Oex .Situated at around 1000 metres in altitude, half-way between the classy resort of Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland and the small town of Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg, lie the two places of Château-d’Oex and Rougemont. The holiday region of Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud is linked to the Lake Geneva region by the Col des Mosses and by the Montreux – Bernese Oberland Railway. Thanks to its favourable micro-climate, Château-d’Oex has developed into a hot-air ballooning metropolis.
But the older traditions too have been retained: accordingly, the much-loved Alpine cheese of Etivaz is still made over an open wood fire. In Rougemont, many chalets dating back a hundred years bear testimony to the folk art of the region.
In both summer and winter, Château-d’Oex and Rougemont present a diverse range of holiday experiences and sporting activities. Wonderful mountainscapes and old decorated chalets are typical for the villages of the Pays-d’Enhaut.
For the first time after 4 years spending on the sea ,I slept in normal bad without falling down on the floor ,having normal shower with unlimited amount of hot water ,using normal toilet ,all of this is new for me ,for the next month I must adapt to the luxury which is offering dry land .Now is time to have some rest ,do some of the winter activity ,go back home for Christmas see family ,and after all of this back to the real home which is sailing vessel Pangaea .
Tomorrow we are leaving for our last trip from Genova to Monaco after 4 years expedition ,sailing all oceans ,visiting all continents ,covering more than 120.000NM .it is only 80 NM to Monaco ,but can take us forever to reach the finale destination .we can’t wait to be there and have big party .
It felt like our departure from Porto Rotondo in the Costa Smeralda region of Sardinia was overdue, although we will always have fond memories of the friendly locals and the superb food and wine. We set sail for the east coast of Corsica, and as soon as we were out of the protected inlet in Sardinia we started to experience a moderate wind and ocean swell. Within minutes we could see the mountains of Corsica which were surprisingly covered with snow. It’s always a spectacular sight having the combination of snow, the ocean and sunny skies. For the rest of the day we sailed parallel to the east coast of Corsica with generally pleasant conditions. As soon as we had passed the northern most tip of Corsica, the signs of dark clouds on the horizon and a rapidly changing ocean were ominous in the least. By this time night had fallen and the moon shone on larger and more powerful swells. Our destination was the Portofino coast in Italy and although we were 80 nautical miles away, in the midst of heavy seas it seemed an endless journey. The French and Italian coast guard began to radio all boats instructing them to seek shelter. We experienced a night of heavy seas. Our arrival in Portofino was on schedule and we were relieved to anchor in the beautiful bay in Portofino. Within minutes we were however being screamed at by an irate Italian from the marina that our vessel was too large to anchor in Portofino. I felt it was rather a pity that the local Portofinians had been deprived by the local municipal bureaucracy of the site of Pangaea’s presence for at least a day. We immediately proceeded to the much larger marina of Santa Margharita and were granted mooring for a few hours only. We quickly disembarked and walked through the beautiful town of Santa Margharita looking for a place to have breakfast. The shops were beginning to open and some of the local women were on their morning errands as five ravenous, unshaven and probably a bit dirty seamen prowled the streets looking for a suitable cafe. Within an hour we were making our way back to the boat as we needed to press on to Genova, a much larger port where hopefully Pangaea would feel more welcome. We sailed a further 23 nautical miles through some large swells again into Marina Aeroporto in Genova.We are now in port with the ‘big dogs’ and its now gin palace boats on steroids here. Ironically these boats are built for show and would have been swallowed up in the seas we sailed through yesterday. An early dinner at the marina with a bottle of Chianti went down well and more so for some of us as we were served by an attractive African Italian lady…..
is Ancient Greek for “entire Earth”.Is the name given to the last ,
global supercontinent ,which existed 250 million years ago.
The PANGAEA project,which envisages sailing around world in
4 years ,is the brainchild of Mike Horn- researcher ,extreme adventurer,idealist,visionary-a man who is renowned for his daring
expeditions.Based on the central theme “explore,learn,act”,he initiates social and environmental project around globe together with young explorers from all over the world.During the expedition ,the young explorers get to know our planet’s ecosystem and play an active part in helping to preserve our natural world.They become ambassadors ,taking the idea of environmental protection back to their homelands,
where they then initiate their own projects.
Like the expedition itself ,Mike Horn’s vessel PANGAEA,is also named after the last of global supercontinent .Measuring 35 meters
in length it is one of the world’s largest and most versatile expedition
sailboat .Even when the boat was being built,preservation of the
environment was a top priority ,the hull is made from recyclable
aluminium and totally dispenses with the use of marine paint.
Both the integrated waste-recycling system and the on-board generators meet strict ecological requirements .Flexible solar cells in
the sails and on the deck provide the necessary power ,for example.
The PANGAEA expedition covers every continent ,every climate zone and every ocean on our planet.At twelve stations around the globe,
Mike Horn and young explorers initiate ecological and social project such as global warming ,waste disposal and biodiversity ,accompanied all the while by teachers,universities and international organizations.
The mission begins .18 October 2008
Argentina,Ushuaia ,Capitol of the Tierra del Fuego province and for decades the point of departure for Antarctic expedition -was the starting point for another pioneering venture in 2088.
The project is cooled Pangaea .For our” entire earth”. For our planet.For our future.
Observing dolphins and their behavior ,monitoring of the water temperature in the fiords ,identification of flora and fauna, and study of ancient human cultures .With the assistance of marine biologist.
Insight into local,exploration of coastline and coral reefs of the island of Borneo ,recording the island ‘reff data,inside into in the underwater world as well as the lives of the turtle and orang -utan population