The sun21 crew at the press conference after their arrival in New York (Beat von Scarpatetti, David Senn, Michel Thonney, Martin Vosseler, Mark Wüst, from the left)
Arrival in New York City
The mayor of Miami, Manuel A. Diaz, presents the crew the Keys to the City of Miami.
Arrival at Martinique.
The sun21 heading to Martinique.
On the way to the Canary Islands.
Due to a storm the sun21 sought refuge in the harbour of Casablanca (Morocco).


Jan 27, 2007: Six days away from Martinique

26°C / 79°F
Position:16° 21' N-51° 44' W
Wind: 18km/h

The electricity supply for computer, camera and external harddisk caused Martin some trouble while cutting a film on the navigation techniques of the "sun21".

On Saturday morning, the sea was almost completely calm again. The water was transparent blue, turquoise – ideal conditions for the noble visitors, who surprised us. There they were, up to 8 feet long, approaching slowly and elegantly from the dephts of the ocean. Their back shimmered in a fluorescent light blue, the scale robes were shining in discrete gold, two perpendicularly floating fins in bright yellow: In this solemn way, the Golden Mackerel entered  the scene. Not caring for human beings, they just passed by and gave this peculiar boat a casual yet dignifying eye. But sometimes, a sudden impulse let them jump high into the air, as a surprise for the stunned two-legged watchers. Thanks to this outburst of joy and magnificence, they carry a second name: Dolphin Mackerel. They mainly feed on flying fish. Apparently, the prey is easier to be caught by them than to be filmed by us.

Additionally, more pragmatic aspects influenced our working day. Martin was involved in cutting a film on the navigation techniques of our boat on his laptop: This became a truly Sisyphean task. For several hours, the electricity supply for computer, camera and external harddisk was impeccable. But then – whew — blackout! What happened? The thermostat turned the system off and protected the converter from being overheated. Just as the external harddisk is not driven by its own accumulator, the loss of material was inevitable. Once again, dear! Dinner: Swiss «Roesti».

Sea: calm
Wind: E 10 kn
Speed: 4-4,5 kn
Mileage: 93
Distance to La Martinique: 542 miles



Mein Beileid, lieber Martin, zum verlorenen Film. Kam der Walfisch doch bei Euch vorbei?

Wie ich Euch beneide um Eure 26°!

Lieben Gruss, Regina


I'd love to see photos of the Mackerel -- seemed like quite the sight!

Bon Voyage!

Kklaus Renoldner, IPPNW Austria:

Gute Fahrt! Wieviel Tage gibt es jetzt kein Land zu sehen ?


bravo pour la démonstration ! dites donc vous ne vous faites pas que des amis chez les actionnaires de la " World petroleum" maintenant vous pourrez demander aux compagnies suisses de navigation d'étendre l'expérience. un mauvais point pour la tv suisse pour laquelle vous n'existez pour ainsi dire pas . Bon voyage. comptez-vous revenir par la même route ? Philippe Pully Suisse.

Elly von Orelli:

An Martin und David,

schön, dieser Beweis, dass gewissen Meeresbewohnern der unscheinbare menschliche Zweibeiner so völlig "wurscht" ist!! Findet Ihr nicht auch?

Dennoch: schade um Deinen Film, Martin.

Liebe Grüsse, Elly

Marianne New:

Sorry about your film, dear Martin, but glad for the meeting with all those incredible creatures.

Are we going to hear where and when you will land in Florida? I would love to come to meet you there, before David leaves you.

Hang in there! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Marianne

Denise Schenkel:

"Man entdeckt keine neuen Erdteile, wenn man nicht den Mut hat, alle Küsten aus den Augen zu verlieren." (André Gide)

Lieber Martin

Die Küsten habt ihr längst aus den Augen verloren, ein neuer Erdteil liegt vor euch. Und ihr habt bestimmt schon einige neue Erdteile entdeckt auf eurer Überfahrt - auch im übertragenen Sinn! Frohe Fahrt weiterhin und ein gutes Ankommen in Martinique.

Seid alle herzlich gegrüsst aus Riehen


Thomas Schiess:

Hallo Ihr Seefahrer

Oh sorry für die Filmpanne, aber ohne Verlust geht nichts. Shackelton hatte auf seiner Antarktisexpedition 50% aller Fotos unwiederbringlich mit dem untergehenden Schiff verloren...

Ich bin mir da gar nicht so sicher, dass die Menschen den Wundertieren der Meere "wurscht" sind. Sie beobachten und begleiten euch schon die ganze Zeit und freuen sich über euer zukunftsweisendes Unternehmen. Sie werden sich öfter auf ihre Art mit einem outburst of joy zeigen ... Was trennen wir, was schon immer verbunden war...


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