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Thanks to Ekaterina, Gergana, John, Jonathan and Richard joining as from Rye to the Liberty Landing Marina, where director John Puriton welcomed us.
We have an open boat for the New City Kids, a great organization! We hope to work together in the future to help connecting the kids with the ocean.
The Victorinox Team New York joined the boat and we visited the Victorinox store.
Thanks to Björn & Christina from the New York Media Boat we got great footage.
The best for the kids was the ride with the Zodiac of Björn. Sabine & Dario enjoyed the best chocolate ever donated by Pcerrick from Vintage Plantations.
On the way back to Rye on Saturday, Björn & Christina from the “New York Media Boat” escorted us to get some more pictures and film. Vallerie from Le Temps, Kevin and Ellyott joined us. Even the Coast Guard joined us for an hour.
We arrived at the American Yacht Club on Saturday, just in time to paint some Easter Eggs with Bob & Jan. Today we enjoyed Easter with the Hunt family. Monday we go to provision more to be ready to set sail for Greenland.
After our visit in Switzerland to test material for Greenland and visiting schools, we had to say goodbye to the family and friends, not knowing when we see them next. Here Alegra with Dario’s grandma “Nani”, who will be soon 100 :
The Stoeckli Skis, Colltex skins and Diamir bindings for Greenland were performing great in the test climbs.
Mia did her first ski race with Dario’s first skis on the Pizol:
We did after many presentations the last school presentation in Wangs:
We went back to NY and Pachamama was waiting for us in Greenwich, from where we sailed to the American Yacht Club:
We started to do a lot of maintenance work and preparation for Greenland:
…and we continued to give presentations and clean up the world:
In between we were celebrating Salina’s 12th birthday:
Our friend Kathryn in Cordova helped us to get to Switzerland for a month. Myclimate sponsored us to offset our CO2-emissions.
That allowed us to talk at the SuisseNautik Boat Show in Bern and do many talks in schools, but also public presentations in tourist destinations, as well as social clubs and in front of employees of companies and institutions. Again we were able to inspire people to act for our climate.
In between we started testing the equipment to sail and climb the tallest mountain in the Arctic, Mount Gunnbjörn. We use Stöckli skis, Diamir bindings and Colltex skins to climb.
As a base we use the wonderful Pizol in Switzerland, where TOPtoTOP was founded in 1999. Mia, 14 months old, did her first ski run.
In June we like to climb the TOP of the Arctic skiing over 150 kilometers of glaciers from the anchorage in a fjord close to the mountain with the entire family. We like to proof that great achievements can be done in harmony with nature. It will be the first time to access and climb the mountain under fair means.
In the Arctic we like again to collect climate data and climate impacts. We are still looking for a donation for a hydrophone to study the new patterns of migrating whales with rising sea temperatures, check out our wish list.
…but most important will be to connect also Inuit students with students in other locations we visited, to build our major task: building a network of understanding and friendship over borders to problem solve climate change and act for a sustainable future of our planet.
Please join us at our “goodbye presentation” on the 25th of March at 18.45h in the Berggasthof Pizol @ Pizol-Pardiel and for a ski touring trip for everybody the next day, where we meet at 9:00h at the Pizolhütte.
Good news: We are so happy, because we expecting another crew that matching Mia! It might be born in Greenland?
We are expecting to be back on our expedition sailboat Pachamama on the 30th of March.
The director Bob DeAngelo from the YMCA in Greenwich donated us free entries for the whole family to get fit for our next challenge climbing the TOP of the “8th continent”: Mt. Gunnbjörn in the Arctic next spring.
We did a public presentation about our expedition at YMCA to say thank you.
The Patagonia store in New York donated us with some warm clothing to keep warm.
Like always we had our challenges. Doctor Karen Tam was an angel to fix Alegra falling from the mast. She even organized a fundraiser at her home. A famous jazz musician was fixing Salina’s cello when it broke rashing to a presentation in Southport.
Our kids love animals. Tricky to have them on our boat, but we are lucky that we can still enjoy them in the wild.
Visiting thousands of students:
Riverside School, Greenwich was breaking the world record in the TOPtoTOP screaming contest to save our planet. They are so far the loudest, leading before Makkovik, Labrador and Parati, Brazil.
Some public presentations:
Marching for our climate:
Making new friends:
Having a good time!
Don’t worry! – Police man “Andri” is watching for them all over the place. They have nowhere to hyde!