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Mediterranea Route | 2013-2019

  • Written by Francesca
  • Category: Logbook

(by Simone Perotti)

In a few hours I’m boarding on Mediterranea again. I’m going back to where I’ve built a new world together with a bunch of adventurers. Every time I board on that boat I wonder whether I’ll be able to represent that world, to live it. There are places, centres of projects and ideas, centres of researches and dreams, that overcome oneself, and one has to deserve them rather than having them serve him or her.

Then I wonder: “Will those about to board be able to see? Which mood, which curiosity will accompany them?”. Have I, have we been able to illustrate what we are doing for years now? Who knows… If I met them on my way to the boat, I would ask them. I would do my best to deter them from boarding. I would like to tell them that sailing is foolish and anachronistic in an age of speed, sailing is a sacrifice in an age of comfort. Yet, I believe it would be in vain. A real route does not lead back to the place of boarding, nor to that of destination. Whoever decides to set sail may not know what to expect, may not understand where he or she is going, but feels something. And I believe this is enough.

Immersed in the changeable Mediterranean flowing under our hull, we have changed our scene already three times this year: from Sicily in Sciacca, Mazara and Trapani, existential prosthesis of a still possible humanity, to rugged and intense southern and western Sardinia, up to the wild and unchanging Corsica.

Last night in your bed and now that you are reading, Mediterranea was sailing in the dark and then in the light between Corsica and Nice, in open waters, on a long hopeful and brave transfer, loaded with emotions bursting from the dreams of its honourable and true crew.

Now it’s up to me the westward route, the French Riviera, Cannes, Porquerolles, Toulon, Marseille, then following an arched route to Sète, Costa Brava, Barcelona, the Balearic Islands… and onward to Gibraltar, Lagos and up to Lisbon in mid-September. The time to thank the captains and the crews that led Mediterranea there, with true and conscious gratitude,… the time for a short leap between pier and stern (a tiny step for a man, but a huge step for a sailor). And Mediterranea will set sail again, the 13thousandth mile to be sailed.

As usual, before boarding again, I wonder “Will I be up to the mark?”, not to perform a task, as tasks are being performed one way or the other, but to face the sea. Sailors sail with questions. Questions are their “apparent” wind, with no real certainty. And true crews do the same, when they escape distractions of the mainland, when they forget the rage that led them leaving. Sailors look at weather maps, follow developing forecasts for Mistral, the harsh wind blowing from Europe. Alone, silent sailors shrug. “We’ll see”, they cut short. Before leaving their terrestrial home, sailors search their bags, trying to figure out if anything is missing. But their bags are always empty. What they need for sailing has no shape, no volume, but takes up much room.

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Beirut. Travel impressions.

  • Written by Francesca
  • Category: Logbook

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(By Simone Perotti)

Two weeks in a town that has divided the crew and the feelings of the crew. Not very useful to list them all. Let's say: some neutrals, some favorable, and one against. Supporters have come to us by our hosts, who has described the town as "hopeless city (people)", "coat of coexistence, then scratching and no one loves the other". "They coexist, they do not cohabit ". "Beirut is not a sea city". "No longer associated with Arab identity or even with a new identity". Who knows ...

In Beirut we've been shooting long and wide, but being so big it's impossible to trace an exhaustive profile. Some beautiful art gallery, voices of a world that someone seemed to be moving in spite of the lack of hope (an Arabic world expert has traced a very penalizing comparison with Tunisian society, for example, in the hope of future projection). Certainly, here the internal and external war has squeezed hard on the key of destruction, and this is a strong attenuation. Crushed walls of melee shots everywhere. A crazy urban setting, traffic and a strong pollution. And the sea, absent, capable of therapy too soft against the wounds of time.

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Levant Sea. Commander's travel notes.

  • Written by Francesca
  • Category: Logbook

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(By Simone Perotti)

We have not told enough about these weks, taken from travel, navigation, and interesting places where we are. We sailed from Limassol (Cyprus), on a route to Beirut. At the port someone warned us, "be careful ... it's dangerous." We wondered if we had underestimated something. Then, as you have to do when you have a precise route in your heart, we left.

The award came right away: the most beautiful border of Mediterranea since the beginning of its journey, even better than we had between Crete and Kalymnos, which was also exhilarating.

Between Limassol and Beirut 130 miles sailing, full cross, two meters wave, on 20 knots of grecale. Mediterranea has touched the 10 knots of speed, remaining always above the 8 and for hours over the 9th. Not a crunch, a tinkering, a flutter on board. Silence. And sea. And wind. And full moon that made us alignment channel at the beginning, then disappear in our wake at dawn.

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The Route 2017

  • Written by Francesca
  • Category: Logbook

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Progetto Mediterranea, three yrs from the departure from Italy, sailing in the Eastern sea. As scheduled, the boat Mediterranea, armed ketch in 60-foot cutter designed by Michel Bigoin, continues the route carrying out its three objectives: nautical, cultural and scientific. And for the summer, as every year, opens the door to his friends and supporters, Progetto Mediterranea is a co-sailing system, supported and done by 49 passionate people, Mediterranei, that alternate on board and carry out activities looking for what, first of all, is an experiment in social sharing: a different way of thinking about ownership, use, travel, cohabitation, discovery. Therefore beside the Mediterranei, at certain times, they may place alongside what we call the Amici di Mediterranea, all those who wish to share values ​​and experiences of the Progetto Mediterranea, if only for a portion of its route. In 2017, the time in which you can come on board from May to September

To learn more about coming aboard, write to: info@progettomediterranea.com

Leave Tel Aviv, and then Israel, Lebanon and the cultural program of the Progetto Mediterranea, going back to Cyprus and then the Greek island of Kastellorizo, famous for being the set of the movie "Mediterraneo" by Salvatores, and even Rhodes. From Rhodes we will cross the Aegean from east to west through Asthipalea and Santorini, up to Kythira. Still a bit of Greece so this year. Still the Peloponnese and arrive in Zakynthos and from there across the Ionian Sea to return at last, after 3 years of navigation, in Italy, in Sicily, the center of the Mediterranean sea.We will sail along the south coast of Sicily among the Pelagie islands: Linosa, Lampedusa (island which first gave us his honorary patronage) and Pantelleria. And of course, Malta, Gozo, Comino, which will represent a short but intense pit-stop in this all Italian part of the Route. Last stage Egadi: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo.


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Cultural meetings in Cyprus: Varosha, the ghost-town and the Famagusta Ecocity Project

  • Written by Francesca
  • Category: Logbook

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(By Simone Perotti)

Larnaka, 25 September 2016, on board Mediterranea.

Christina and Nicholaos, representatives of the Famagusta Ecocity Project (go and see on the web, it's worth), have the faces of young hopefuls. The first news of this our exploration of Cyprus is thus that after 42 years of horrendous conflict, war, walls, death, two young guys can be born that way. And that's great news. They represent, together with their Director Vasya Markides, a project to bring a solution to the vexed question of the Ghost Town, the abandoned and forbidden town of Famagusta 6 square km closed with barbed wire, inaccessible, since 1974, remained crystallized with still parked cars, cups of coffee on the table of the apartments, the windows opened and now smashed by the wind, the clothes on the hangers in clothing stores. Since that day, this place is not a no man’s place.

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Black Sea dolphin - Yunus Karadeniz

  • Written by Giuliana
  • Category: Logbook

In the Black Sea live 3 species of dolphins: the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus ponticus), the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis ponticus) and harbor porpoises (Phocaena phocaena relicta).
The dolphins that live in the Black Sea are genetically and morphologically distinct from other dolphin populations in the western and northeast Mediterranean sea, so that they are recognized as endemic subspecies found anywhere else.

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