Sergio Davì warms up engines before doing Palermo-Los Angeles on 12 m dinghy

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Sergio Davì in an archive photo

Sergio Davì’s official tour of Italy has begun with seven stops from Liguria to Palermo in anticipation of the start of the Ocean to Ocean rib Challenge.

It sounds like the name of an unlikely intercontinental flight. Parlermo-Los Angeles. Same latitude but thousands of miles away that Sergio Davì, a sailor from Palermo, decided to tackle for his next venture, the Ocean To Ocean Rib Challenge, obviously aboard a dinghy, an 11-meter Nuova Jolly Prince 38 CC powered by two Suzuki DF300B (those with double counter-rotating propellers) and Simrad electronics. The name chosen for the dinghy that will make the crossing is Arethusa Explorer.

Ocean to Ocean rib Adventure: the Italian warm-up

Departure is scheduled for November 2021 with arrival in February 2022 (pandemic permitting). Like the other feats accomplished by Davì, this time we are sailing on an unprecedented course. From Palermo to Los Angeles by dinghy across two oceans, Atlantic and Pacific for over 10,000 miles of solo sailing. Mission stops include passage through the Panama Canal and the Galapagos archipelago.

Meanwhile, before November, Sergio Davì aboard Aretusa Explorer began his Italian warm-up with a promotional tour from Liguria to Palermo with 7 stops during which seven “samurai of the sea” linked to a Suzuki initiative will board. At each stop on the tour, a samuraidelmare selected by Sergio Davì will board the Aretusa Explorer and have the opportunity to sail with him along the coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

It will also be possible for anyone with a passion for boating and fans of Sergio Davì to meet him personally at the end of each stage, and on some occasions there will also be a chance to try out the raid boat.

Sergio will leave on Sunday, May 23, from the island of Elba to Nettuno and then, weather permitting, continue his journey to Palermo.

 

  • Marina degli Aregai (Santo Stefano al Mare, IM) at the dealer Marine Wizard (for information Tel: (0184)48.02.74, info@marinewizard.it).

 

  • Elba Island. An event will be held at the pier of the Hotel Airone in Portoferraio where it will also be possible to try out the raid boat (for information Tel.: 0565/916459, nauticaloscoglietto@gmail.com)

  • Marina di Nettuno SPA (Rome). Commander Davì and Aretusa Explorer will be welcomed by the Nautica Blue Marine team (for information Tel: 392/9284460, info@nauticabluemarine.it),

 

  • Naples. Pozzuoli will hold a happening organized by Nautica Mediterranea Yachting (for information Tel: 081/8046038, ugolanzetta@libero.it) and on May 21 an event will be held at Sedilmare on 233 Campana Street, Pozzuoli (for information Tel: 081/8041780, info@sedilmare.it).

 

  • Messina. Event with Nautica Femminò at Neptune Marina where it will be possible to try the boat (for information Tel.: 090/3353692, info@nauticafemmino.it).

 

  • Lipari. The staff of Salvatore Natoli Authorized Workshop (for information Tel: 090/9886156, info@nauticaservice.org) will welcome the commander and his RIB

 

  • Arrival in Palermo and conclusion of the tour . The new Xmarine dealer will welcome Sergio Davì to his hometown. Possibility of sea trials after arrival (for information Tel: 091/7840856, xmarinesrl@gmail.com).

Palermo-Los Angeles in an inflatable boat: the route

THE ROOT of the Ocean to Ocean Rib Challenge? The stages chosen by Sergio Davì for the first half of the venture are not very different from those of the 2017 crossing, when he sailed from Palermo to Brazil. After the Mediterranean, route to the Canary Islands and from there down to Cape Verde, from where the longest nonstop leg to Barbados will start, exceeding 2,000 miles (a record within a record). From there, the voyage will continue with scheduled stops in Venezuela and Colombia as well, before sailing along the Panama Canal and moving to the Pacific Ocean. Here a detour to the Galapagos archipelago before resuming seaward to Mexico, with California and Los Angeles as our destination. The duration of the trip, scheduled for fall winter 2021-22, will be about 100 days in total. In sailing Sergio Davì will spend at least 25. Another record-breaking feat on the horizon, all to follow!


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