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Since the disaster we were busy to safe all our belongings into this container. We also did a “work plan” and a listing of all the damages and the broken equipment to get some order and planning into the chaos. Next week we start to take out the timber inside the boat.


Here the house where we got temporarily shelter. Unfortunately, we could not find a place to stay for the future. Building an Igloo is no option, because of extreme temperature changes. We hope to find accommodation in Akureyri ASAP to be able to repair our boat and home.

There is so much to do; sorry not having time for not responding to the many people contacting us. But we like to send a big THANK YOU to all supporters:

The kids together with Mirjam and Sabine painted wonderful “thank-you-cards”. Unfortunately, we don’t have the address information of the donors. If you did a donation to our “donorbox in Geman” or our “donorbox in English“, please send us your address so that we can send the art to you.IMG_2184IMG_5305

More pictures here!

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Step 1: Cleaning up

Thank you very much for your help and for your thoughts at this very moment. In a situation like this, it is so encouraging to hear from friends all over the world.


Sorry for reporting so late, but we are very busy saving our stuff from the ship into a container. The ship does not leak so much anymore after diver “Erlundur Gudmundsson” put butter into the cracks. Thanks to the low temperatures, the butter freezes and we get some sleep and we do not have to pump anymore so often. It is getting dark and cold up here, but our spirits are still high.

First, we cleaned the floating pier from our broken mooring lines:

We hit the floating dock so heavily that it was like a terrible earthquake. Noe told me that he was hiding under the table in the ship when everything was flying around and the wood was bursting! He told me, he learned that in an emergency drill in Alaska.

The worst was the 20-meter high mast, which was like a destructive whip with every hit. Even the navigation light, which had survived all storms for 17 years, was no match for these mighty forces.

The chaos on the boat is frustrating, especially to find always new destructions:

The temperature is dropping every day with the shorter days. Another snowstorm, but that does not stop our kids from working long hours to save our belongings. Mirjam and Sigi were tireless angels and Sabine had to breastfeed “Vital” from time to time. Dario often works until the early morning to answer the most important emails.


On her second birthday on November 16, Mia found a new intact bed on the ship for herself.


Thanks to Vignir Sigurvinsson, deputy manager of “Elding Whale Watching”, we have a place to stay for the moment. Here we can wash, dry and sort all our things. In the evening we cook for our helpers and sleep between our clothes bags in a warm room together.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are urgently looking for a new place to stay, as the house has already been re-let some time ago.


Tomorrow we hope to have everything in the container. Then we want to get the “Pachamama” tight and protect her against the cold and possible storms.

We struggled the last 10 days because here in Akureyri there is only one shipyard “Slippurinn” that can carry out the repair and they told us that they like to help but are too busy. Finally, they have confirmed to start on February 10th. Until then we will remove the wood in the boat to gain access to the aluminum frames. If we get the funds together, we use the time also to order material and to replace damaged equipment.

We also talked to our insurance company. They sent a ship surveyor on board, who confirmed that the boat is not navigable and require major repairs. It looks like that the insurance covers part of the repairs, but we are very grateful for any donation to cover the additional uninsured costs of our disaster.

More pictures here!

TOPtoTOP soll weitergehen!
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Help TOPtoTOP to continue!
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Vielen vielen Dank! – Thank you so much!

Exceptional Storm crashed Pachamama


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Watch what happened (edited by Margo Attaya):

Big Storm Crashed Pachamama of the Top To Top Global Expedition from EcolibriumTV on Vimeo.

An exceptional storm crashed Pachamama in Akureyri on Monday the 6th of November 2017 after midnight, when all boat cleats and 35 mm heavy duty ropes collapsed in the huge swell. We were able to navigate to the next floating peer which moved like a furious snake, where we crashed with full force again and again on a concrete floating pier.

All hands were on the pumps to keep Pachamama a float. Not before the storm was decreasing, the rescue team ashore were able to access the float to get the kids from the boat. The fire firefighters came with a bigger pump and the harbour staff organised big truck tires to avoid more damage.

Hard on the kids seeing Pachamama nearly sinking and now to scope with their damaged home.

No idea, how we overcome this challenge, but we just take it step by step and started to save our belongings on board by bringing them ashore…

We are now in Akureyri at the Arctic Circle in Iceland. It is getting cold, but the people are extremely hospital and helpful: They invite us into their homes and “Erlundur Gudmundsson” was even diving for one hour in these freezing waters. He put normal butter into the cracks so that we got a rest from pumping to keep Pachamama afloat!

In this very moment, we reach out to you and are very thankful for any donation that keeps us and the TOPtoTOP project afloat. You can donate here.

Please help and become part of the project of a full recovery of Pachamama so that she is able to play with the dolphins of our Oceans again!


Please find some film and pics from that night in our dropbox and in the TV – and media reports below:

Federico Dünner passed away

Federico Dünner became a member in 2004 and is one of our most faithful members. He passed away today.

At this moment we are with his wife Elena and his family and friends. We are very sad, but also thankful that we had the opportunity to share some time with such a wonderful person. Here some of many experiences we share with him and the coincidence that he was our angel at Andri’s birth and died on Andri’s birthday:

Federico was driving on the 25th of October 2006 pregnant Sabine to the Clinica Alleman in Valdivia Chile. Andri was nearly born in Federico’s car.

Since 2005 we were always in contact with Federico. Last time in spring over Skype when we sailed through the Northwest Passage to the US East Coast: we lost track. We sailed to Bermuda to the Azores to Greenland and Iceland and tried to skype, email, call Federico without success. In the Azores, I was writing to the priest of the Lutheran Church in Valdivia, so that we can get in contact with Elena or one of his children. But we never got an answer.

Yesterday we had a strange feeling and decided to try again to find out about our friend’s silence. Today we got an email from Erico Kutchartt while we were celebrating Andri’s birthday. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that member Erico Kutchartt would have been able to lead us to Federico’s relatives.

Federico became for me a father and both, Elena & Federico, were the Chilenian grandparents to the whole family. Already when Salina was born on the 11th of April 2005 in Valdivia, Federico & Elena opened us their house. I remember: When Andri was born on the 25th of October, Salina did not let us go to the hospital. We all became nervous when Sabine entered into hard labor. Finally Elena had a great idea: She was putting Sabine’s cloth on and was lying next to Salina in bed. Salina was calm in a moment and we could go to the hospital. Federico was driving as fast as he could and thanks to him, we just managed to be in the hospital in time.

Federico was very much engaged in the TOPtoTOP expedition. I remember the day when the Swiss Ambassador André Regli came to see our expedition sailboat in Valdivia at Alwoplast. Federico was coordinating and organising the whole event and everything worked “tip top” like a Swiss clock! Read the blog from the 4th of December 2012:

Another example of his great help and skills as a problem solver: In Vanuatu, our radar got damaged in a thunderstorm. It was again Federico with his brilliant ideas to sent us the right parts and a manual to fix our radar.

We will carry Federico always in our hearts. We promised him to sail back to Valdivia one day. We are said that we can not see him when we are back. But may it might be possible to carry a souvenir of Federico with us on our continuous journey to save our planet and people in need?

We just got our 6th child “Vital” at the Arctic Circle in Akureyri Iceland (see below). Birth and death are sometimes close and part of life. We are very thankful that we had this pressures time together with Federico. We miss him since we left Valdivia, but know that we meet Federico again in Heaven.

Love and a lot of strength from all of us, Dario & Sabine with Salina, Andri, Noe, Alegra, Mia and Vital



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