In the largest ports in the XVI century, merchants often went for a walk every day on the docks with the careful eye to the ships, looking on the decks, watching the deck gear, asking for information. It happened that, after wandering, they approached a sailing ship that would have set out shortly thereafter. They talked to some busy sailors, they asked who was the boatswain, they finally asked for the commander. It was not unusual for the commander that they invited him to drink a glass of wine in the tavern at the port, inquiring with him in detail about the trip that he was about to undertake. “A commercial trip , hmm ... well, where are you leaving for? which is the crew? along which routes, how long will be the journey?” they asked. And so on. At the end of the conversation, after realizing who was the commander, the man, his life and his nautical experience, it could happen that the merchant made his offer: "I take ten karats of the expedition." Quickly, the deal was signed, a signature and a handshake in front of a guarantor. It meant that the merchant financed the expedition because he believed, because he hoped for a return: his money plus a portion of the earnings coming from the expedition. Of course, at his own risk: was that commander really capable as they said? Would that ship have come back? Was he investing his money well? Who could know...
Mediterranea Project is not a commercial expedition and it doesn’t operate traditional chartering activities, it does not aim for any particular economic return except for covering its costs. However, it is organized in a similar way to those vessels of the VXI century. This expedition has goals, a boat, a route, aiming at reaching cultural, nautical, scientific, human relations objectives.
A group of people red, understood, asked for information, and they decided to be part of the expedition, financially supporting the trip, participating in many different ways through collaboration, working together in the organization and coming aboard when it’s possible.
In this way, the small group of founders has become a large group of people, dozens of journey and sea lovers, all engaged and involved, which not by chance are called "Mediterranei". This group supports the expedition, it is an integral part of it, collaborate in the project development, and some of them make up the Committee of Rais, who drives the boat throughout the trip.
No one will receive money in return for the given support, but everyone will collaborate to create, for himself and for others, a return far more rich and important, as well as much less "uncertain": the expedition itself, rich of adventure, discovery, relationships, emotions, information and experiences. Life.
Here they are. Mediterranei:
Simone Perotti - Writer and sailor. Among the founders of Mediterranea Project. "I'm trying to go through the freedom gateway and Mediterannea project is a part of my journey. We have to stop talking about Mediterranean sea, so captivating and rich. We have to sail throughout it, know it. We have to live it. Together."
Francesca R. Piro - Physician and sommelier, among the founders of Mediterranea Project. "On the sea, that found and fascinated me, I recognized my human dimension. Here I am, because I want to live and act." 'The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity' (Amelia Earhart).
Cristina Rubagotti - 'If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea' ( Antoine de Saint-Exupery). "Sea, ancient stories, slow time and shared passion: that's why Mediterranea is my journey."
Andrea Laghi - "Seven-tenths of the globe are covered by the sea. Seven tenths of the human body are made of water. 5 years sailing in the Mediterranean sea to find our deepest identity and to rediscover our roots."
Giuseppe Amato - Father of three twins. "Sailing with Simone Perotti is one of a kind experience...When I left them they had been staying on the boat Mediterranea for 70 days continuously and, except for some ailments due to the efforts required by the management of such a big boat (almost 18 metres long), their eyes were dreamers' eyes."
Manuela Tinti - A doughter, two cats. "I love the islands and the sea, the people, the journey. I love to listen, smile, talk and share. And The Mediterranean is a large island with a lot of land around it, to sail and walk together with you, my friends.'...who tied a sail to the mast and combined the route and the drift, who rowed standing up with long woods: they know that the waters have faces. And over the faces emerge squalls, calms, currents and jumping fish who dream to fly' (Faces-Erri De Luca)."
Cinzia Armelisasso - Physician, volunteer in the association "Sulla strada onlus". "I have many passions in my life. One of these is the sea. In the sea there is the joy that feeds my hope and desire to always explore new paths. For this reason Mediterranea does for me and for my thirst for joy of life."
Massimo Guidetti - "The idea of a man and a team project, the passion for the sea and the dream for a life sharing a journey. A boat and its crew, people sailing in a sea made of places, colours, gazes, words, emotions...life!"
Ivana Boris - "'It's only with the heart that you can see clearly. What's essential is invisible to the eye' (The Little Prince). The Mediterranean sea and Mediterranea. This, for me, is the spirit of the adventure, and I'm delighted to be part of it."
Sara Rosson - "I work as a manager for the professional choices orientation and often I ask the others: who are you? ... Where are you going? I tried to ask myself the same questions... and I met Mediterranea route."
Francesco Nacinovich - "The Mediterranean preserves the history of its people. The laughter and the tears of those who had been enchanted by its waters long before us. Paraphrasing Borges, the Mediterranean is an ancient idiom, and I set the sails to listen, away from the hustle of the mainland, hoping to understand it. For the next 5years the sea will be my country, Mediterranea will be my home."
Fausto Mascadri - “Because after so much running, I need to stop running and start walking again, and maybe to sit and wait... And also because I think there is no better place, to sit and wait, than a sailboat in the middle of the sea! ‘The sea unites people that divides’ (Alexander Pope).”
Alessandra Mieli - Last known job: Journalist. Mediterranea because 'The act of journeying contributes towards a sense of physical and mental well-being, while the monotony of prolonged settlement or regular work weaves patterns in the brain that engender fatigue and a sense of personal inadequacy’ (Bruce Chatwin).
Amerigo Rossi - "The strongest appeal brought by the wind inflating the sails of this project is the opportunity of leaving for a journey to rediscover the roots of a common thought, the Mediterranean koinè reinforcing the consciousness of a two-level citizenship, where men coming from different banks recognize themselves as 'citizens of the Mediterranean Sea'."
Maurizio Villa - "'Sailing on a small boat we can be autonomous, isn’t it amazing? We don’t need anything else, we can take our time back, look at nature again, feeling as being part of it? It s'a life goal, an ideal stirring that drives us to get rid of the superfluous, to enjoy in renouncing rather than in overstocking, to invest in time and friendships ...' - written by Nicolò Carnimeo in 'How deep is the sea' … he was reading my mind."
Roberto Gabaglio - “For me, Mediterranea is the journey of a group of men and women who decide to get together to create value for themselves and for others, having fun. ‘It's the actions that count. Our thoughts, no matter how good they may be, are false pearls until they are transformed into actions. Be the change you want to see in the world’ (Mahatma Gandhi)".
Luisa Tomasi - "I love sea, wind and water! 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover' (Mark Twain). I hope the journey could be the navigation, the wind could be so good to drive us where we want to go, the sea could be rough, just enough to be happy not scary, the places where we'll stop could be full of positive energy and the ports could welcome our body and our soul."
Laura Gensini - "I have always studied art history, but 'there is nothing that has shaped me, fulfilled me, taught me - or built me - more than those stolen hours in the study, seemingly absent-minded, but deeply meditative in the subconscious worship of three or four indisputable divinities: the Sea, the Sky, the Sun. I unknowingly rediscovered wonder and primitive exaltation. I do not know of a book that could have the same value, or of an author who could create within us the same state of fruitful stupor, of contemplation and of communion that I had known...' (Paul Valéry, Mediterranean Inspirations, 1933). When I see the sea now, I realize it has become the greatest source of inspiration in my life."
Angelita Pierro – "I'm a 'bookseller-innkeeper' with behind a road of continuous changes of direction, but still sufficiently idealistic and determined to chase another chance. The magic of the Sea with its elements, the Journey to research myself and a new relationship with others, a new sense of time. Mediterranea, for me, is all this and so much more. It's energy coming from a shared dream of change, that becomes reality. 'The fate shuffles the cards, but we play them' (Bernard Moitissier)."
Laura Murgia - "'I feel a bit like the sea, calm enough to undertake new human relationships but periodically stormy to drift apart everyone, to be alone' (Alda Merino). This is my idea of life, of the sea and the journey, and I could not find better words to express it ... "
Michele Pellino - "My Italian teacher in high school once told me, in reference to my physical features, not exactly from north of europe (in a playful, friendly way): 'Michele, you are the classic Mediterranean boy .... do you know the Mediterranean? The other side!'. Now I would reply that there is also the west and east side which I belong".
Cristiana Chiricozzi - "I've lived between two cultures, the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Seas. I'm a little bit 'Austro-Hungarian' and a little bit ' Etruscan'. For me the sea represents a place which is sometimes at rest and sometimes stormy and I really like exploring a discovering new things. Mediterranea is a chance for us to channel our energy into something new that will bring out the best in all of us. 'In life there are many ways to be happy, one of them is water, another is wind and another is called sun, which always shines after the rain' (Luis Sepulveda)."
Alessandra Lentini – "I've always loved the sea, but only sailing I felt the very strong emotion of freedom and I enjoyed the wonders of Nature. Aboard Mediterranea I have the opportunity to share all this with people similar to me. 'Only by the sea we are really free!' (E. O'Neill)".
Ruggero Todesco - "I'm a very lucky man, blessed by life, but nevertheless searching for new experiences to share with my "new old friends" of Mediterranea. I'm 58 and I have 7 sons, but these are only details..."
Teresa Ferrara - Physician. "Mediterranean Sea to live, finally! Water, light, air, earth: essential, powerful and dynamic elements, like the feelings and relationships that they weave together. An ancient yet modern form of well-being. A culture of travel, of changes and of knowledge that evolves and costantly renewes itself."
Marco Baghin - "I'm a 'son' of Venice, the maritime Republic. The sea in our culture has always been a great opportunity to satisfy our ambitions and curiosities, to fulfill the desire of adventures in remote worlds. I got in touch with sailing only late in my life, but its ancestral moves and habits appeared immediately very close to my person, simple and natural. In other words, they looked familiar. The sea makes man horizons infinite and only asks respect and the bravery to go."
Cinzia Gennaro - "I've looked for my roots in the mainland, but I've found them at the sea, that sea.... the Mediterranean sea, that has whispered me: you are born here! That's why I've decided to be in."
Michela Lippolis - "Sailing, sailing away like one's soul sails even before seeing the light of day" (F. Guccini) A journey of comparison, understanding and acceptance. Necessary at a time when the world seems to go in the opposite direction.
Massimo Acotto - I boarded Mediterranea to leave my safe havens, to take a challenge in search of my Ithaca, happy not to be alone in this journey. In twenty years time we won’t regret it because we will have acted. We might not find our Ithaca but we will be happy we sang, smiled, dreamed, and cooked with the people we chose.
Giuliana Crimella - I come from Mediterranean, which is not South or North, nor East nor West. It's the liquid belly between Asia, Africa and Europe. If one was born on one of its edges, ha has in the blood an archipelago of peoples. We have received from the Mediterranean the civilization voices: vocabularies, arts, genio, foods, drinks, religions, hydraulic, laws and methods to scan the horizon of the stars. (Erri De Luca)
Alessandro Berti - "If a dream is your dream, the one for which you were born, you can spend your life hiding behind a cloud of skepticism, but you'll never get rid of it. Continue to send desperate signals, such as boredom and the lack of enthusiasm, trusting in your rebellion." (M. Gramellini)
Nunzia Siragusa - Hello, I’m Nunzia, I was born in Rome 49 years ago. I’m a veterinarian by passion. I like to solve problems and try to overcome difficulties, build something, sit back and think. I like travelling, taking pictures, swimming, cooking, cleaning, reading. I like listening more than talking. I like floating on the sea making me carry by the wind. I like doing things with others and for others. I don’t like sleeping, I’m out of tune, I’m a vegetarian but I don’t exclude eggs and cheese from my diet. I don’t get tired easily.I chose Progetto Mediterranea because I think I have found all the things I like to do and the opportunity to discover new ones while sharing life’s time with others members.
Emilia Cevasco - I’ m trying to be a free person. I’m a dreamer. I love the sea, the open spaces, the distant horizons, I especially love freedom and I believe in humanity.I believe in a new dialogue between Mediterrnean people. That’s why I’m here!
Dominique Donatella Neubert, called DoDo - Hi, I am Donatella Dominique Neubert, but everybody calls me Dodo. I am born in Paris from a Berliner father and a Venetian mother. Since 50 years I live in Rome. Divorced with two grown-up children, since 9 years I am also Greek, thanks to my partner. Sailing and the sea have always been part of our family life. At two years my father took me by boat, and I never went down.The Mediterranean and in particular the Aegean sea are my world. The Mediterranean Project captured me and confirmed to me that despite my variegated roots, I belong profoundly to this Mare Nostrum. I like everything about our sea, history, geography, people, food and I always feel at home. But I do not like what is happening to the Mediterranean and its people. Participating, even if late due to a somewhat chaotic family situation, was a real dream. Now I'm happy to be here. Glad to meet you. My motto, coined at about 3 years, is "jamais Dodo ne diras Zut, toujours Merde" said in English, "Dodo will never say "Zut" (in French it is equivalent to say "damn!") but always "Shit".
Dario Mazzacurati (coming soon)