“It’s a great honour that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will personally lay the wreath in commemoration of Albert 1er on July 2 on sea in front of the principality”
Jochen Werne, Expedition Leader
MONACO, June 27, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Navigators Heritage Challenge is initiated and organized by Global Offshore Sailing Team (GOST) – a group of dedicated sailors comprised of members from various nations on the globe, many of them with significant sailing expertise on the world’s oceans. It was founded as a private initiative by Messrs. Guido Zoeller and Jochen Werne in 1999. The underlying goal since then has been a contribution to international understanding by creating awareness of selected maritime historical events which had happened in the past and created a more peaceful world in which we live today. For this purpose each year an expedition with a specific regional maritime occurrence were established; recent expeditions include “Antarctic Blanc” in 2018, “Arctic Ocean Raptor” in 2016 and “New Waterloo Dispatch 1815-2015” in 2015.
With the “Antarctic Blanc” Expedition to northern part of the Antarctic from Puerto Williams/Chile, a second self-set goal was established by GOST in addition to the remembrance of the historical past of this continent: to create an additional bridge in international relations between nations, scientists, projects and the public and to contribute to active citizenship in creating outreach and awareness for the fragile environment of the Antarctic continent. The Expedition supported the UN initiative “Clean Seas” to combat plastic waste in the oceans.
The Navigators Heritage Challenge is a 360 nautical miles long offshore sailing stretch where the crews are only allowed to use navigation instruments invented before the turn of the twentieth century. Two 51 feet boats will compete in this competition, starting in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday, 29 June 2019 at sunset, 21:21 CEST; the latest arrival at the finishing line off Monaco is expected on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 15:00 CEST.
With this event GOST will remember the great seafarer and explorer Prince Albert I., the head of the Principality of Monaco (* 1848; † 1922). His predilection was the exploration of the oceans. With this legacy it has been an incentive for this expedition not only to master navigational challenges but also to contribute to sensitize the civil society to the importance and fragility of our marine ecosystem. The UN sustainable developments goals states in goal 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
It’s a great accolade for the Navigators Heritage Challengers and their engagement, that His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is giving the two teams the honor and will personally lay the wreath in commemoration of Albert 1er from the expedition’s flag ship on July 2, 2019 in front of the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco.
On Friday, June 28, 2019, one day prior the start of the Navigators Heritage Challenge, a unique event to create awareness for the importance of preserving the oceans will take place in Palma de Mallorca. The Ocean Heritage Red Carpet Event will be a call for action for supporting the UN Sustainable Development goals featuring the cinematic performance “Oceans in Danger”, produced by Mrs. Martina Hirschmeier.
One can follow the 2 teams, LANSON on Yacht “Leukothea” and HARRISON on Yacht “Teorema” with their positions, sailing strategies, their tweets and moods from their start in Palma de Mallorca passing Menorca till the finishing line close to the principality of Monaco LIVE on our website.
• Antarctic Blanc Expedition: http://antarcticblanc.com/
• Arctic Ocean Raptor: http://arcticoceanraptor.com/
• New Waterloo Dispatch 1815-2015: https://flipboard.com/@gostest1999/expedition-new-waterloo-dispatch-vu2h207by
• UN Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
• Goal 14 – Life below water: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg14
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The Global Offshore Sailing Team has been founded in 1999 by Guido Zoeller and Jochen Werne and is an international group of dedicated sailors comprised of members from all over the world.
The Global Offshore Sailing Team which navigates on oceans worldwide and in which many teammates have naval backgrounds, have made it a priority to keep naval traditions alive and to use expeditions as historic research platforms.
This international team believes it is important to visit the places where history happened, to not only to understand history better but to remember the events that influenced the world we live in today.
The Goal of GOST’s expeditions is always to try to get a sense of the background and the struggles of the Events happened at sea. By doing this we hope to remember all the brave seamen who served their countries on all sides during time of conflict in the world. As our dear friend Peter Nixon, Chairman of the Channel Dash Association perfectly summarized:
„ … working so hard to bring history back to everyone’s attention and recognizing the many great acts of courage performed on our behalf by men and women of all sides during a period of conflict. … It is not about Winner’s or Loser’s. … The world is a wonderful place to live because it is made up of many different, but beautiful countries.… We should be proud of this fact. Equally, we should not be ashamed of our past, nor should we glorify it, for it was our past which created what we are today.”
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