Quietly, slowly, Matteo Miceli has come a long way. Do you remember? He set off last Oct. 19 on a solo round-the-world voyage from Rome to Rome-a voyage in complete energy autonomy, thanks to solar panels, wind generators and hydro generators, and food, by virtue of a hydroponic garden below deck and an original source of sustenance. Two hens, La Bionda and La Mora, called upon to produce eggs for the protein needs of the Roman sailor.
SOUTH OF TASMANIA
Today, with 84 days to go, her self-built Class 40 and renamed Eco40 is 300 miles south of Tasmania (and about 1,000 miles from New Zealand), having rounded the Cape of Good Hope and Leewuin. He is in a delicate moment now, because, according to his meteorologist Alessandro Pezzoli, all hell is going to break loose in Tasmania soon. In the next few days, around Jan. 13-14, it will encounter low pressure that, forming within Australia and moving southeastward, will cross Matthew’s route. Miceli will have to “walk the boat but not too far” to avoid the disturbance, and in the meantime he communicates his intention, instead of immediately heading to Cape Horn via the South Pacific, to head north past New Zealand and stop at some remote Pacific islet.
NEVER LOSE THE WILL TO JOKE
Matteo is fine, and he has not lost his usual irony. For example, a few days ago, for the Epiphany, he wrote: “Tonight I hung the stocking outside on the tree, as I did as a child with my brothers, but the hag did not come to fill it!!! Maybe because she understood my style about saving energy?!:-) Since her broom also takes photokineticaspatial energy she must have decided not to come down here, so far away, just for me!!!! Befana I understand you no problem, don’t worry I won’t be offended!”.