Departing in December 2018 from Lamu on the Kenyan coast, the FlipFlopi will sail south along the coasts of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and onwards into South Africa. The voyage will take between 3 and 4 months, arriving into Cape Town in Feb/March 2019.
Our biggest challenges will be the wind and the increasingly rough sea as we head south. Traditionally lateen rigged vessels only ventured as far south as Beira (halfway down the coast of Mozambique) – because at this point the direction of the prevailing winds change. The following 3,000kms will be incredibly challenging sailing, culminating in a rounding of the treacherous Cape of Good Hope at the southern point of Africa, and arriving shortly thereafter into Cape Town.
“I have known Ben Morison for a while now, and have become fascinated by his project. I think The FlipFlopi Expedition is a very imaginative and innovative plan that will really focus attention on the urgent need to clean our beaches and oceans.”
Col. John Blashford-Snell with Ali Skanda during a recent visit to Lamu. John is a Flipflopi advisor board member.
HOW LONG IS THE JOURNEY?
The most direct route from Lamu to Cape Town is approximately 5,250kms. But of course sailing boats don't go in a straight line, so the actual distance we sail will be considerably longer.
HOW FAST WILL WE TRAVEL?
We expect to sail approximately 50 to 80 kilometres a day. But we are not in a race - our objective is to make it to Cape Town safely, whilst simultaneously broadcasting the #Plasticrevolution message to a global audience.
WILL WE STOP EN ROUTE?
Yes, we are organising beach clean-ups with local partners, plus visiting a number of marine conservation and plastic recycling initiatives.