Since leaving Easter Island nearly two weeks ago, Race for Water has covered a good third of the route to Papeete and French Polynesia. The crew has naturally got into a good routine aboard: meeting on Monday, respite on Sunday, day watches, night watches, odd jobs and improvements to the boat. “The catamaran likes us to take care of her and we’re sparing no effort!” admits Annabelle, second in command.
Annabelle: “I lose track of the days, except when it comes down to taking stock of the situation aboard. For me though, once we’re at sea, the days gone by are gone, and what’s to come will be what it will be.
We’re at the mercy of the elements, they are what decide our arrival. We just have a little room for manoeuvre by opting to position ourselves a little further south or north!
One thing for sure is that we’ve covered 815 miles and we have 1,500 to go.
We’ve had several opportunities to fly the kite, 4 flights in total over 3 days.
Two flights were dedicated to research and development for our partner Skysails. These flights are organised by Bernd (the Skysails engineer in charge of the Kite project on Race for Water) and the crew is assisting him with that. Bernd is on-board in a bid to continue enhancing the towing kite system.
Two flights have been for Race for Water, led by the crew. They help us to save battery power and make faster headway.
We’ve also been continuing with our “Plastisphère” sampling. To date we’ve taken 6 samples, which systematically reveal microplastic and all manner of plankton fauna.
Pathy and Petero have settled in very well to life aboard. Pathy has been having sleep therapy, dictated by a rather hectic life before we left and mild seasickness. There’s nothing to fear though, as she says: “The bed is my friend! As soon as I begin to feel ill, I take refuge in it and I get a bit of sleep!” However, we are now seeing more and more of her! She’s finding her sea legs!
Pathy and Petero are each recounting our voyage in their own way: Pathy with his cameras and his video camera; Petero with her wooden scissors, her vision as an artist and her storyteller soul.
Petero has set himself up in the workshop where he’s sculpting. He wants to know everything, he wants to write our biographies, how we got where we are and about this adventure and what it means to us. He’s also planned to sculpt a wooden panel for each of us, which is representative of each one of us in relation to the odyssey. He’s also shared his sculpture knowledge with some of us. Once we make landfall, he’s going to spread the word about our odyssey during conferences.
Pathy is using modern technology. She’s intending to launch a Facebook page for the Rapa Nui for Water and use the social networks to communicate.
Each person is keen to share their experience and exchange ideas about in their own way.”
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Following a ten-day stopover among the Rapa Nui people, Race for Water has weighed anchor and is now making towards French Polynesia, where she is due to make landfall in the first week of October.
Pascal Morizot, captain of Race for Water: “During this month at sea, the crew is playing host to two choice guests, the two founders of the “Rapa Nui for Water” committee, whose creation was formalised last Saturday with Marco Simeoni, president of the Foundation. Pathy Hucke Hucke, Franco-Rapa Nui, is in charge of the Rapa Nui Magic Visual, an audiovisual production company for promoting Easter Island. Petero Hucke Atan has previously filled the post of teacher on Easter Island. A genuine connoisseur of the ancestral culture of Rapa Nui and Polynesia, he is also an artist, sculptor and engraver, and he has brought along some material to make a few creations during the voyage.”
All the Race for Water Foundation teams would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the Rapa Nui population for its welcome. The two-year bond and the continuous work during that time between the various entities have enabled some important agreements to be put in place in terms of energy for the future of the island.
Together with the ongoing succession of meetings with officials, aboard Race for Water, as on every stopover, there is also a string of classes. In this way, 150 Rapa Nui youngsters have been able to visit the vessel, which is an ambassador for energy transition: “An unforgettable experience!” beams a young man, as he steps off the boat.
Making the most of the downwind conditions, the crew took the catamaran out to sea towed by a new kite in the colours of our title partner BREGUET for the 2017/2021 odyssey.
Franck David, director of the odyssey: “We sailed between Anakena on the north coast, and Hanga Roa, via the legendary site of Tongariki where fifteen unique Moaï are exhibited… It was a magnificent moment for us, as well as for those who were accompanying us. It’s important to be able to show how our vessel operates in situ. It’s essential to demonstrate that sailing with clean energies is possible and that energy transition is a reality.”
There are still a few meetings on the programme for Easter Island before the vessel sets a course for French Polynesia on Monday. Among these is an artistic encounter between Marc Aymon, Swiss singer and ambassador of the Foundation, who is present at this stopover, and a local group. For some days, rehearsals have been in full swing and there is the promise of a wonderful collaboration, filled with emotion and sharing… Watch this space!
The bonds between Rapa Nui and the Race for Water Foundation hark back to May 2015, when the first odyssey made landfall on Easter Island with the objective at the time of making an accurate analysis of the plastic pollution of our oceans in line with NOAA protocol, which was applied to each of the beaches on the islands visited.
In 2015, Rapa Nui had already made quite an impression on the Race For Water teams with the terrifying observation about the extent to which this, the most remote island in the world, is impacted by the daily pollution of microplastics washing up from the oceans.
Since this time, the Foundation’s teams have maintained regular contact with the local authorities and officials in a bid to continue weighing up which solutions are best suited to dealing with the island’s problems and constraints.
Easter Island, which from Friday 31 August is playing host to the Race for Water vessel and its teams for ten days, ranks among the Foundation’s key sites in terms of the implementation of the Biogreen solution, which enables the optimum conversion of all types of plastic waste into electric power.
As such, today, the signing of a draft agreement between Mr Petero Edmunds, Mayor of Rapa Nui and Marco Simeoni, President of the Race for Water Foundation is an important step forward in achieving the end goal of providing Easter Island with a sustainable and efficient solution.
During the official signing, Mr Petero Edmunds testified to the importance of a switch towards sustainable environmental solutions for his island henceforth: “We need to make big changes in terms of the processing of waste and renewable energies. Race for Water is showing us that efficient and appropriate solutions do exist and these are totally in line with our vision for Rapa Nui’s development”.
Marco Simeoni expanded on the subject: “The Biogreen solution developed by the Franco-Swiss manufacturer ETIA and the Race for Water Foundation could ultimately enable nearly 16 to 20% of Easter Island’s electrical requirements to be generated through the processing of all the household waste (excluding compost) as well as the uncontrolled waste washing up onto the island’s coastline each day. This Biogreen solution could also ultimately be integrated into a more global solution in terms of energy self-sufficiency for Rapa Nui through an ambitious project based entirely on renewable energies and the circular economy”.
In this way, the Race for Water Foundation will actively pursue this collaboration with its partners with an objective of 2020 for the implementation of the Biogreen solution on the island of Rapa Nui.
Al cantante suizo del Valais, Marc Aymon, le apasionan los desafíos, los enfrentamientos, el riesgo y los encuentros. Después de haber grabado en Nashville (EE. UU.) o colaborado con el letrista bretón Alexandre Varlet, Marc aborda canciones patrimoniales, eternas con letras escritas entre finales del siglo XIX y la década de 1920, en su última obra: “Ô Bel été”.
El hombre, apasionado por los descubrimientos, es además muy comprometido. Después de una reunión con Marco Simeoni, por quien se siente muy inspirado, Marc Aymon se ha unido a la gran familia Race for Water para transmitir el mensaje de la Fundación.
Estuvo presente a nuestro lado, durante la escala en Isla de Pascua.
“Mi primer encuentro con la Fundación Race for Water fue a través de Marco, quien me habló del barco que ya había visto en fotos. Pero, como tengo un lado Rapa Nui, ¡tengo que tocarlo para verlo! Fue la razón por la cual acepté esta invitación a compartir la escala en la Isla de Pascua con vosotros. Cuando vi llegar el catamarán, fue increíble: frente a mí, un barco, un desafío tecnológico: dar la vuelta al mundo durante cinco años gracias al viento, el sol y el agua. Todavía hoy, me sorprendo en cuanto subo a bordo.
Lo que me gusta de Race for Water es esta noción de desafío y logro. Cuando me embarco en un proyecto artístico, no estoy seguro de llevarlo a cabo. Creo que Marco tiene este talento: ¡se lanza, se compromete y las cosas se hacen realidad!
Cuando conocí a Marco, inmediatamente me invitó a conocer a los Rapa Nui, para ver sobre el terreno concretamente el trabajo de la Fundación en relación con los plásticos y la máquina que los convertirá en energía. También me propuso conocer a los músicos.
Entré en contacto con una pianista reconocida internacionalmente, Mahani Teave. Luego, con su esposo Enricé Iqua, un músico increíble también. Nos vimos y repetiremos en perspectiva de una noche musical antes de que zarpe nuevamente el barco. Conocí a los percusionistas indígenas, ¡que tocan con mandíbulas de caballos! Me siento en una misión cultural donde los géneros se entremezclan.
Cuando canto con un músico local, es una especie de firma, de intercambio, un apretón de manos. Ambos damos un paso hacia el otro. Sucede algo que es un muy buen punto de partida para el comienzo de una aventura.
Eso es exactamente lo que hacéis, Race for Water, en cada escala. Llegáis para proporcionar una solución al problema de los residuos plásticos, necesitáis la confianza de las personas con las que os encontráis: debemos crear vínculos antes de poder ofrecer una solución concreta. Lo cual puede llevar un tiempo, pero al final, funciona. Lo que está sucediendo aquí en la Isla de Pascua es el mejor ejemplo.”
A Swiss singer from the canton of Valais, Marc Aymon loves nothing better than a challenge, the thrill of danger and of fresh encounters. Having recorded in Nashville (USA) and collaborated with the Breton lyric writer Alexandre Varlet, as part of his latest opus, “ô Bel été” (Oh beautiful summer), Marc is tackling a series of eternal songs relating to cultural heritage with texts written between the end of the 19th century and the 1920s.
Keen on discovery, he is a committed man. Following an encounter with Marco Simeoni, which he found inspirational, Marc Aymon has joined the big Race for Water family to spread the Foundation’s message. He was alongside us during the stopover on Easter Island.
Marc Aymon: “My first encounter with the Race for Water Foundation was via Marco, who told me about the boat, which I’d seen in photos. However, given that I have a little Rapa Nui quality to my character, I have to touch to see! That’s why I accepted this invitation to share in the stopover on Easter Island with you. When I saw the catamaran arrive, it was incredible: there in front of me was a boat, a technological challenge: to circumnavigate the globe in five years using the wind, the sun and water! I’m still amazed today when I climb aboard.
What I love about Race for Water is this notion of a challenge and accomplishment. When I get going on an artistic project, I’m not certain I’ll realise it. I think Marco shares this same fibre: he goes for it, embarks upon it and things get done!
When I met Marco, he immediately invited me to meet the Rapa Nui people, to see the Foundation’s work in the flesh on the ground with regards to plastic and the machine which will convert it into energy. He also suggested I meet the musicians.
I notably got in contact with an internationally renowned pianist, Mahani Teave.Next, I met up with Enricé Iqua, her husband, he too an incredible musician.
We got together and we rehearsed with a view to putting on a musical night before the boat set sail again. I also met percussionists, Rapa Nui people who play with horses’ jaws! I feel as if I’m on a cultural mission where all the genres blend into one.
When I sing with a local musician, it’s a kind of signature, an exchange, a handshake. Each of us takes a step towards the other. Something happens which is an excellent starting point for the beginning of an adventure.
That’s exactly what you do, Race for Water, at every stopover. You come along to provide a solution for the problem of plastic waste, you need the people you meet to trust in you: you need to create bonds before you can come up with a practical solution. It may take time but in the end, it works. What is happening here on Easter Island is the perfect example of this.”
The Race for Water catamaran has made it safely to Easter Island having already completed a third of her journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Escorted by pirogues to her anchorage, the crew was given the traditional Rapa Nui welcome with an Umu Haut – namely chicken baked in the earth, a symbol of the spirits’ virginity, followed by the donning of garlands of flowers.
Franck David, Director of the Race for Water Odyssey: “These moments are always very emotional. We’re happy to rediscover the Rapa Nui and their enthusiasm once again, three years on from our first stopover.”
Ahead of them lay ten packed days including a workshop and a series of meetings with the local authorities and students.