Aegean Cargo Sailing | With the Aegean round coming to an end for 2022, new adventures are beginning.
The Aegean Tour was completed with great success on August 25th when the electric sailing vessel PELAGO docked in Lavrio. With the excitement of action giving way to the collection of data and project results, the Aegean Cargo Sailing team is closing yet another cycle of partnerships, transport and touring experiences successfully.
In the space of two months, PELAGO managed to cover 1200 nautical miles achieving full self-sufficiency with wind and solar power and to complete the pilot implementation of electrification in its zero carbon footprint sea travel. At the same time, it organized 4 awareness raising events in cooperation with local authorities, institutions and producers in Kea, Chios, Ikaria and Syros, and discussed with boaters in the passages of Trizonia, Poros and Kalymnos about the possibility of achieving a sustainable model of mobility and transport adapted to the requirements of climate change mitigation and environmental protection. Starting in April, it carried out transfers of 60 different products from 38 producers in 15 points of sale between 26 Aegean islands, strengthening the existing network of island producers and the cultivation of ecological products and expanding its partnerships with retailers, shops and restaurants that would otherwise remain unconnected.
The power of the sails allowed also this year to support our vision for an eco-friendly shipping and transport project that connects with the land and retail trade, creating a niche market for small island producers to expand their activity and transport their products with the wind. At the same time, it brought us together with visitors from all over the world who travelled with us, experienced the culture and flavours of the islands, visited the producers’ facilities and enjoyed their holidays in an ecological and responsible way.
For all of the above reasons, our efforts are being endorsed and encouraged towards the expansion of our network, partnerships and the services we offer. Next stop in this direction for the well-travelled Pelago is the Terra Madre exhibition organised by Slow Food International from 22 to 26 September in Turin, where more than 600 exhibitors active in the agri-food sector will meet.
We thank all the crew and volunteers for contributing to our actions, our partners at Dock, the Green Fund, Raycap, the Helidoni Foundation, Cocomat.bike, Slow Food and of course all the producers, shops and institutions on the islands for their trust and support for our work.
Source: Aegean Cargo Sailing