The daily mileage on the Intracoastal Waterway is between 40 and 60 miles - we can only travel on the channels during the day.
We are following a cultural way through names of several antique and Christian heroes on the intracoastal channel - from Titusville to St. Augustine. The former conquered the city of Jerusalem and the latter wrote about the divine city in the 5th century - "De Civitate Dei". There was nothing in Titusville that reminded us of "Good Friday" (Karfreitag). The city of Daytona Beach seemed culturally more attractive to us; we ended up in a store with antiquarian books run by a long-haired owner.
On the evening of Easter, we arrived in the oldest Spanish town of North America: St. Augustine. In 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city. He arrived with 1500 warriors and colonists. The Indians of the Timucuan tribe had no other choice than to watch how the Spanish sequestered their homeland. There is nothing in the town which reminds us of these indigenous people today. Indeed, the city emanates a Spanish atmosphere and is a first class tourist attraction. In the late 1880s, the pioneer entrepreneur Henry M. Flagler, whose palaces dominate the centre, built the railway to Miami; but later, he founded the Standard Oil Company. As a matter of fact, we parked again at the gasoline station in the marina - once more... Now our solar bark is running towards Jacksonville, or even more northwards, towards the border of the State of Florida.
6th April. It's already the fourth day we are travelling to the North on the Intracoastal Waterway - a complex system of channels and lagoons, very different from travelling on the sea. We left the luxury zone between Miami and Palm Beach. The places where we stay for the night are mostly small places - a marina, a shopping mall, a gasoline station, and nearby a railway track with very long cargo trains - two or three locomotives and over a hundred wagons. We hear their honking every night on the boat.
Near the Cape Canaveral - from far away we see the rocket ramps - the waterways consist of large lagoons the size of some Swiss lakes; but the dominant bird here is the brown pelican with its golden crown and its dark brown neck. There are many and very long bridges - great for us that we don't have a mast; so we can pass most of them without waiting for the opening of the bridge.
John Vanleer, our host in Miami, joined us in the marina of Sebastian and is staying with us for a couple of days. We are learning a lot from his vast knowledge and experience.
Other than on the ocean, many people along the waterways see our boat. We are therefore floating now with two large text banners. They were organised and brought to the boat by John. They reveal what this adventure is all about. And the gestures of enthusiasm from the other boat people tell us that they understand.
Going north, on the intracoastal, you will meet the site of the Atlantic base of American Navy. Be sure to have enough time to visit this place where hundred of modern and ancien navy boats stay together. There are two marinas for you.
Your mission is of international importance. While there are surely many New Yorkers eagerly awaiting your arrival, the sad truth is that the United States and New York State are no longer world leaders in clean renewable and sustainable energy. Here is hoping that you can raise some awareness!
It seems like just yesterday you were in Waitikubuli (Dominica)...now you are on the continent...wonderful proclamation by the mayor of Miami
All God's blessings and thanks for making this giant step for Earth.
Sharon, Fitzroy and the children of Dominica
rolf rauschenbach, basel:
dear martin and crew
what a pleasure to see how successfully your endeavour unfolds! i got just back from buneos aires, where i participated in a conference on direct democracy in latin america (www.dd-al.ch). it seems that more and more citizens around the globe would like to have a say in politics, hopefully also to vote for more solar power!
best wishes - rolf
Prof John Kontos:
My warmest congratulations on your wonderful achievement.
A question for the future:
Would you support an idea of stablishing regular sea-transport in the Aegean Sea with a similar ship?
Has anybody from Greece approached you?
I would be more than willing to help as much as I can towards involving Greek authorities for support and funding.
Please let me know with whom I may discuss the matter further.
All the best to you "Saviors of the Earth"
Dear Prof. Kontos,
we are delighted to hear from you. It would be, of course, fantastic, to have
a similar ship in the Aegean Sea - with the potential of a big multiplying
effect - because it's seen and experienced by many people there who travel
from island to island.
The easiest way to proceed: Contact Mark Wüst and Richard Mesple from
MW-Line, the shipyard which built our boat (www.mwline.ch or phone:
0041 24 430 40 70). If you can coordinate the funding, they can build the
boat for you that you need.
With sunny greetings from the Sea next to the coast oif Georgia,
Martin Vosseler, M.D.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurer gelungenen Überfahrt! Wir wünschen Euch ein gutes Gelingen für Eure Weiterfahrt nach New York auf dem Intracoastal Waterway! Eure Unternehmung ist einfach genial!
Andreas Wiese von
If you get this in time, consider visiting Beaufort, North Carolina, on the Intracoastal Waterway. There are multiple marinas that can service transient boats, and various historic attractions near the waterfront, as well as the Maritime Museum, and restaurants. This is also a good place to stock up on supplies, since the canal traverses remote locations north of Beaufort, and other than Oriental, the villages are spread out, and stores may be limited until you get closer to Virginia.
I hope the weather cooperates for you!
We are very exiting to see you again after your amazing trip.