Ophthalmologist Sailing from Šibenik to Brazil Conquers Italian Coast!

Lauren Simmonds

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The journey so far hasn’t been without its problems, but the sailor goes on!

Recently we reported on the bold decision of a Šibenik native who had decided to sail from the Dalmatian coast all the way to Brazil in the name of highlighting the importance of the effects harmful plastic waste has on our seas and oceans.

As SibenikIN writes on the 9th of October, 2018, Grgić ended up being stuck for two to three days in the small Italian town of Cariati until his damaged sails were repaired and the other damage to his boat, St. Mihovil, had had inflicted on it by storms on the Italian side of the Adriatic.

At this point in time, Grgić appears to have arrived almost to the very bottom of the Italian ”boot”, more specifically at its heel.

These were the first issues faced by the Šibenik ophthalmologist who intends to sail to Brazil in the name of the ”Clean Sea, Clean Heart” action, in order to alert the general population to the growing pollution problems caused by plastic waste. As mentioned, he initially set sail from Šibenik last week.

According to his predictions, sailing to Brazil will take up to a month and a half, carrying with him about 300 litres of water and some drinks for ”raising his morale”, as well as enough canned and dehydrated food to see him through the long journey.

After crossing the coast of Italy, Sardinia and Spain, and then passing Gibraltar and the Canary Islands, in front of him lies the open sea of the Atlantic Ocean and all the challenges it brings with it.


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