The Sailing for Sustainability Campaign

Join The Sailing for Sustainability Campaign!

This fall, Global Footprint Network's newest staff member, Nina Bohlen, and three of her friends will be sailing across the Atlantic in support of the groundbreaking work of Global Footprint Network. The crew will sail approximately 2,800 miles from the Canary Islands off of Morocco to St. Lucia in the Caribbean in a 40-foot boat named "Speranza." (Speranza means "hope" in Italian.)

We invite you to set sail with Global Footprint Network by making a financial contribution to support The Sailing for Sustainability Campaign. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated!

Nina and her team's goal is to raise $5,000 for Global Footprint Network through this transatlantic crossing. Your contribution of $28 (1 cent per mile), $56 (2 cents per mile), $140 (5 cents per mile) $280 (10 cents per mile) or $2,800 ($1 per mile) will help Global Footprint Network achieve its mission of helping to make ecological limits central to decision makers everywhere.

100% of your donation will go to Global Footprint Network. All the costs of this transatlantic voyage are being donated by the owner of the boat, the skipper and the crew.

In appreciation for your donation, you will receive weekly emails sent by the crew of the Speranza, documenting their transatlantic adventure, and will be given access to an online photo album of their trip once their journey is complete. Whether you donate or not, you will be able to track the boat's progress as it makes its way across the Atlantic.

For every donation of $280 or more, you will be entered into a special raffle. The winner will receive introductory sailing lessons from OCSC Sailing, one of the top-rated sailing schools in the country. OCSC's Basic Keelboat Certification Package is a comprehensive introduction to the world of sailing worth $890!

In addition, the top three donors will be treated to a sail on San Francisco Bay with members of the Speranza Team and will be served a catered lunch by Barbara Llewellyn Catering. Each donor will be eligible to bring along a friend. Simply click here to make a secure donation on-line today or print a contribution form and mail your gift today!

Please take a moment to donate whatever amount you can afford and join the Speranza Team in supporting Global Footprint Network!

Fast Facts

The Boat: The sailors will be sailing a new 40-foot Hallberg-Rassy (HR 40) sailboat, which is a highly rated ocean cruiser. The HR 40 has won numerous awards, including European Yacht of the Year in 2003 and Boat of the Year in the USA in 2004.

The Event: The sailors are participating in an annual event called the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which has become the largest transoceanic sailing event in the world. This year, 225 yachts from all over the world will participate in the event.

The Route: The sailors will sail the boat Speranza from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia in the Caribbean. They will be following the route that Christopher Columbus pioneered over 500 years ago.

The Dates: The entire fleet of boats will depart on November 20 from a starting line off Las Palmas harbor, and will finish officially at noon local time on December 17, 2005 in Rodney Bay. We expect Speranza to take 3 to 4 weeks to complete the crossing.

The Team: The four sailors who will sail Speranza across the Atlantic are the skipper Ed Witts and three crew members, Nina Bohlen, Gene Scott and Robert Williams.

Is it a race? Some of the yachts will be racing across the Atlantic. However most boats, like Speranza, will not be. Of course, there is an old adage that says whenever you have two sailboats together you have a race!

Safety: Participating yachts must carry a range of safety equipment including a life raft, EPIRB and VHF radio. Daily radio nets contribute further to the safety of participants. In the two weeks prior to the start of the rally, participants may also attend a wide variety of seminars in safety and seamanship.

Sponsors: We wish to thank our primary sponsors, OCSC Sailing and Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning for their generous support of this campaign. OCSC is recognized as one of the top sailing schools in the country and was rated best sailing school on San Francisco Bay by San Francisco Magazine. Barbara Llewellyn Catering is one of California's premier catering companies and is known for producing stunning events from start to finish.

The Ecological Footprint of Sailing

The Speranza team will attempt to sail across the Atlantic without motoring, thus reducing the ecological footprint of their journey. However, this may prove challenging if the winds are unfavorable.


Give $280 or more and become eligible for these special gifts!



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For more information on the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

To see a map of Speranza's progress across the Atlantic
Click here, click on the Race Viewer, and click on the name of the boat "Speranza."

For more information on the Hallberg-Rassy 40 Click here then click on Yachts, then click on HR40.

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