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).

16 October 2006: Christening and departure

The sun21 before its christening at the Schifflände in Basel
Welcome speech by Ralph Lewin, Cantonal Councillor of Basel-Stadt
Daniel Wiener, moderator, welcomes Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey
Skipper Michel Thonney speaks on the dangers of crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Paul Steele, Chief Operating Officer, wishes luck to the sun21 in the name of WWF International
Crew member Martin Vosseler filming for the video blog planned for this site
Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey with the sun21 crew shortly after the christening
Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey did not miss the chance to inspect the sun21 closely
The sun21 heading for the Atlantic Ocean with the cathedral of Basel in the background
Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD and over a hundred years old, took it upon himself to personally bid farwell to the sun21.
Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and Daniela Schlettwein-Gsell (patron of the transatlantic21 project) watching the departure of the sun21 together

Photos by Rafael Dietschy, CH-Basel (10) and Peter Gartmann, CH-Münchenstein (2)

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