AEGEAN CARGO SAILING

Locally Made Products

From Greek Islands

by Wind

  

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 OUR GREEK ISLANDS PILOT VOYAGE WAS A SUCCESS! (June 2017)

2017 sailing trip in 6 aegean islands aiming to revive the ancient cargo sailing routes and show how we can today transport with zero carbon print and help the local and traditional economy

SAIL MED's crew joined the sloop Pelago to sail to Greek islands and Attica as a clean energy cargo vessel connecting communities and promoting healthy local island products, clean air and seas.

Links:

Voyage Wrap Up Article Here

Our Voyage blog.

 June 2017 Aegean Cargo Sailing Route

June 2017 Aegean Cargo Sailing Route

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We Believe

Our seas and air can be free of shipping pollution (dirty bunker fuels, black carbon, etc.). The wind should be harnessed to sail cargo. The maritime shipping industry is terribly outdatedTourists and consumers can drive forward change. The Greek products that we showcase are awesome.

We Promote

Smart thinking about clean shipping. Smarter ways to think about the food we eat / products we use, and where they come from. Wind energy solutions for small and large cargo maritime vessels. Consumption based on quality and health, not quantity. Greece’s history of sailing cargo since ancient times.

For more on the history of Aegean Cargo Sail see our Background Poster

 
Over 200 years after steamships first began crossing the ocean, wind power is finding its way back into seafaring. 
— Business Insider. March 2017
 

 

USING THE WIND TO TRANSPORT GREEK ISLAND PRODUCTS

 
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We are sailing towards a future that's free from polluting and depleting fossil fuels

MISSION

SAIL MED promotes wind energy innovations in clean shipping. We also aim to enhance local economic developments, small-scale farming, food security, health, and education. SAIL MED is based on the need to eliminate pollution from fuel for maritime transport. It is part of the international SAIL TRANSPORT NETWORK program organized by the non-profit organization GLOBAL VILLAGE.  

Why Shipping? The shipping industry is terribly outdated in its dirty emissions and scary dependency on fossil fuels. The world’s 90,000 oil-burning ships contribute to climate change, harm marine environments and kill at least 60,000 people a year from toxic emissions. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are projected to increase by 50-250%, if business as usual continues.

Why Greece? 

The ancient Greek civilisation was highly dependent on sailing transport. In Greece, we aim to demonstrate that it is possible today to ply traditional and new sailing routes in the Aegean for exchanges between islands and ports of mainland Greece. For this purpose members and friends of SAIL MED in June 2017 have  sailed on the leisure sailing boat PELAGO to Kea, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Ikaria, Samos and return to Athens. In the islands, they chose typical products that could be the subject of future trade exchanges and provided symbolic samples to show to local stakeholders, pointing out that they were exclusively transported with wind power (except for port approaches). See our Aegean Cargo Sailing video. 

This year 2018 we will repeat and expand our voyage,  sailing a bigger sponsored sailboat,  in May and June, northwards with the south winds through Kea, Andros, Skiros and the other Sporades islands, to the North Agean islands of Limnos and Lesvos.  Then the north winds will take us to Hios,  Psara, Samos, Ikaria,  Patmos to the northern Dodecanese and back to the Athens area via Amorgos,  Naxos,  Paros, Mykonos, Tinos, Syros and Kea. 

If you are interested in participating to any part of our voyage as a volunteer please register in the appropriate section of our website. 

For the glory of the Aegean Sea’s history of sailing – that for millennia connected continents for trade and cultural exchange – our crew hopes that practical, valuable skills will be on the rise for clean maritime transport, small-scale farming and healthy local products.  

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