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When a mythical boat comes back to life, we are happy.
On July 29, the Lisca Bianca, the boat with which Sergio and Licia Albeggiani sailed around the world between 1984 and 87 (We also covered this in October 1987 in a nice report titled “Globetrotter at 60.”) Will see the water again After more than two decades of neglect and after a restoration that involved, as part of the “LiscaBianca – Navigating Inclusion” project, young people from the Palermo Juvenile Detention Institute, Sant’Onofrio Recovery Community in Trabia, SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees), and INAIL.

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The sailing plan of Lisca Bianca

THE STORY OF WHITE FISHBONE
Palermo, early 1980s. Sergio and Licia Albeggiani, he a construction engineer and she an elementary school teacher, have always loved the sea. They have a dream, to sail around the world. They decide to retire early to realize their project. They had an ocean-going boat, the 11-meter (36-foot) Carol Ketch Lisca Bianca, built, relying on the skilled hands of a craftsman, Carlo Treviso, a shipwright from Porticello, a historic fishing village near Palermo: the boat was built to a 1924 design by American John Hanna and was launched on November 14, 1981

The carnet of the Albeggianians' trip from the October 1987 GdV
The carnet of the Albeggianians’ trip from the October 1987 GdV

THE JOURNEY OF LIFE
On September 23, 1984, Sergio and Licia set sail from Sicily, and after quickly leaving the Mediterranean, they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and embarked on a 30-thousand-mile voyage that in three years would chart the world’s most beautiful seas: from the Canary Islands to the Antilles, from the Galapagos to Hawaii, from the Maldives to the Red Sea. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, they reach as far as Australian shores, encountering communities of Sicilian emigrants. In 1987, after three years of sailing, and after seeing places of extraordinary beauty, meeting different peoples and cultures, and experiencing the sea amidst enjoyment and hardship, they returned, crossing the stormy waters of the Red Sea that, from the Suez Canal, led them back to Sicily, where in Porticello there is a crowd of five thousand people waiting for them.

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Sergio and Licia’s journey on Lisca Bianca

THE DEATH OF SERGIO
Sergio writes the book “The Distant Islands,” which chronicles the entire journey around the world, now republished by Mursia Editore. After a year, Sergio and Licia resumed the sea, but during the second crossing, the dream was abruptly broken by Sergio’s death. The boat would remain locked for years in a storage facility in Palermo, suffering gradual deterioration.

Lisca Bianca before restoration
Lisca Bianca before restoration

SAVE WHITE FISHBONE!
At the time when the demolition was ordered, yacht designer Francesco Belvisi and sociologist and criminal mediator Elio Lo Cascio decided to found the “Lisca Bianca” Association to salvage the boat, imagining that it could be used in projects aimed at the inclusion of disadvantaged and at-risk social groups. The project started in 2013, and now, after three years of hard work, carried out with passion and enthusiasm, Lisca Bianca is back to shine. www.liscabianca.com

THE VINTAGE PHOTOS OF THE WHITE FISHBONE LAUNCHING

THE TEASER OF THE FILM “WHITE FISHBONE”

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