In Immagimondo 2007 I met Heraclitus, a research vessel in ferrocement
In June of 2008 I left for South Africa, with the intention to embark.
Heraclitus was conceived after the realization that we live in a water planet.Designed and built by the Institute of Ecotechnics, a nonprofit research institute, the project is directed by Heraclitus Planet Water Expeditions. The institute has designed the Heraclitus for sailing on deep ocean, coral reefs and along the rivers, to explore the tropical forests. Launched in 1975 by Oakland, California, is a Chinese junk with a black hull, red deck, two eyes painted on the bow, according to Chinese tradition, with three masts and square white sails. Since the launch today has traveled almost 300,000 nautical miles, continuously deepening the ancient traditions of seapeople, which made of the planet water their homes.
The expedition to which I have is the present ‘From Cora Sea to Black Sea’, dedicated to the study dell’etnosphere.
The extract of a short essay on the subject, entitled Ethnospherics. Origins of human cultures, Their subjugation by the TechnoSphere, the beginning of an ethnosphere, and steps needed to complete the ethnosphere written by John Allen, quotes
Human cultures today Have Become an ecological and geological scales in force equal tothe previous five kingdoms of life.
Curious for the sea voyage asventures and the cultural aspects related to this project, I worked for several months at the drydock to contribute to the continuation of the expedition.
In September I went to Malawi and spent two weeks as a volunteer in the family home of Quelimane, Mozambique, serving orphaned children.
In late October I returned to the drydock, and in December we sailed off, to Brazil. The crpssing lasted 60 days, with three-day stopover at St. Helena.
After a month in the vicinity of Paraty, with carnival and ship’s lifel I took another break to go to Buenos Aires, where I was working for a few weeks. I returned to Brazil by land, passing by the ruins of the Jesuit Missions and Iguazu Falls.
Once back on board in Salvador de Bahia, after 10 days in the capital of capoeira, music, dance and African traditions, we left for the north and with a few stops we arrived in Croatà, an uninhabited island at the mouth of the river Parnaiba.
That was the last stop before sailing to Trinidad e Tubago, gateway to the Caribbean.
Hurricanes, maintenance and crew management have forced us to stop for three months, until Christmas, the day of departure for St. Vincent.
With successive stages in St Lucia, Dominica, Virgin Islands, we arrived in Puerto Rico in 6 weeks.
In San Juan, I greeted the Heraclitus and his crew, at a time in Jamaica and Cuba, the last stops of my journey.