Finally, after years of postponement, it’s here: from the port of Riva di Traiano, Roman oceanic skipper Matteo Miceli (sailor of the year in 2007 and holder of two Atlantic crossing records on a 20-foot uninhabitable catamaran) set off aboard his Eco40 for a solo round-the-world voyage starting in Rome, unassisted and nonstop in complete energy and food self-sufficiency.
ONE FEAT, THREE RECORDS
We are talking about 27,000 miles, and a feat that aims to set three records: solo round-the-world voyage without fossil fuels on board and thus in energy, water autonomy, first solo round-the-world voyage in food autonomy, and first solo round-the-world voyage of Europe with a Class 40. Departing from Riva di Traiano, crossing the Mediterranean, Gibraltar, then south to Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leewin and Cape Horn, then back to the Mediterranean. About five months of sailing. Not a joke.
ALSO ON BOARD TWO CHICKENS
Eco40 is a self-built Class40, equipped with solar panels, hydroturbines and wind generators for energy self-sufficiency, a hydroponic vegetable garden and two chickens (“the Blonde” and “the Blackberry”) that, together with fishing, will serve as food. The project was developed within the University of Rome La Sapienza, sponsored by the Lazio Region and the Favignana Yacht Club, and is called Roma Ocean World.