Down load press release!
Time has flown by since our last report, as we get closer to the starting line of the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race! PACHAMAMA has never looked better, with sparkling new logos on the Hull and sails, and even a bright new cover for the main-sail and dingy!
She looked very impressive as the centre-piece at the race press conference at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia last Wednsday. There, we gave a Press Conference and the whole family was filmed and interviewed by nearly all channels in Australia, including ABC, SBS, Channel 10 and FOX sport! The next day, the expedition even got a mention is the prestigious
Sydney morning herald, and an article and photo publicised in the Daily Telegraph!
But amidst all the bustling preparation for the race, the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition has still been working hard to promote it’s cause! On the 25th of November, Dario visited a local school from Kirribilli, and had a fun time with the school giving a presentation.
He also had the time, in between repairing and preparing the boat, to do a clean up and tour in the Blue Mountains, with the boys from St Andrews Cathedral High School! The boys learnt plenty along the way about the effects we have on the environment, and the importance of keeping nature clean and beautiful! They also got a good lesson in waking up at 4am for a brisk morning hike! 🙂
And we can’t forget about Salina and Andri, who have also been having a fun and busy time, helping their folks with the boat preparations, and spending some quality time at Sydneys Taronga Zoo to appreciate the wonderful wildlife!
But after a few very demanding and busy weeks, PACHAMAMA and it’s crew are finally ready to set sail for the first time in a long while! First stop will be newcastle, north of sydney, before we make our way across to Lord Howe Island! The island is renowned for it’s unique natural beauty and biodiversity, and has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1982. This makes it a perfect destination for the TOPtoTOP expedition, especially due to the direct threat climate change poses towards the islands fragile ecosystem. Hopefully, the trip will be a wonderful experience, and everyone is looking forward to finally opening the sails and making the journey across a stretch of the Pacific!