Palma.—Nick Mason, aged 15 and Sebastian Page Franklin, aged 16, expect to sail their open dinghy, Rocky, the 160 nautical miles in between 10 to 14 days.

At night they will either attempt to sleep in the bottom of the boat, or on a beach.
Yesterday, a large crowd of family and friends gathered as they set off on their epic journey which has gathered a great deal of press attention over the past couple of months with the two lads even winning the Best of British contest held at Mood in collaboration with the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

And they hope that all that extra publicity will boost the money they can raise for their chosen charity.
Mediterranea runs programmes here in Majorca and in Africa.
Here they are instrumental in providing books and milk for junior school children and have organised a number of food stations throughout the island during the time of Spain's economic crisis.

During their voyage, they will also be sending back information to Ondine, the local association committed to protecting the island's marine eco-system.

Ondine is promoting sustainable fishing methods so that fish stocks in Majorcan waters can recover.
Ondine Escape is passionate about nature, so much so we have a conservation department working on local conservation projects in the Balearic Islands and internationally.

They are also partners and sponsors of Asociación Ondine, Majorca's Leading Marine Conservation Organisation.
Every morning the sailors will be getting a weather forecast and, if they are unable to sail, they will spend the day cleaning local beaches and telling people about their trip in the hope of securing any few last minute sponsors.

And it is still not too late to help.
If you would like to sponsor us, please get in touch through the blog or Facebook and the team will get a sponsorship form to you. Alternatively, it is possible to donate directly to the Mediterranea bank account at Banca March in Portals Nous (Account Name: Organización no gubernamental Mediterranea, Account Number: 0061 0178 52 0048520111) or via PayPal through the

Please put your name and “SailAid” on any donations through the bank or paypal so they know who all the sponsors are.
And, if you happen to come across them as they put into port, give them a hand in any shape or form be it food, water or a hand with running repairs.


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