We learned more about the effects of climate change while doing an interview with a local scientist, restocked our water and food supplies and finally continued our journey towards Europe. Followed by loads of dolphins we had to sail against the winds, which can be really frustrating. The catamaran was jumping up and down and being in bed felt like a boxing fight. Somehow we managed to reach Tarifa after another week on the big blue sea. Exhausted from the lack of sleep and happy at the same time we had a few days in the windsurf capital of Europe.
5290 sea miles later, the 72 day long adventure finally ended in Marseille. Journalists, sponsors and friends welcomed us “back on land” with a little surprise party.
Looking back I am really grateful for this experience. I am going to miss the constant battle with the elements, to see nothing but the vast horizon and being able to observe the marine life in their natural environment. It made me realize how small we are. There is so much more we don’t know about the ocean and it is hard to understand that we leave our traces thousands of miles away from any civilization. I hope this journey and the upcoming documentary will translate scientific findings and facts into a language especially young people will understand. It is a global problem where every one of us has a certain responsibility to act. We have to throw old habits over board and reduce plastic waste in our daily life or at least find a way for a better waste management so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. In the end we all sit in one boat that is called “earth” and surrounded by water.