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Brief description of the holiday
WWF EXPEDITION 2021: research campaign on marine megafauna in the Pontine archipelago, in search of the Sperm Whale.
After the enormous success of the 20-day expedition off Carloforte, the WWF has decided to continue with other expeditions , which differ from each other in terms of destinations and duration, for the purpose of scientific research for the protection of the marine megafauna, including also some endangered cetaceans.
On board these expeditions, WWF will send biologists, naturalists and ethologists aboard an 18-meter schooner, to discover unexplored waters to better understand the impact that man could have had, and could have in the future, on the megafauna. marina of the place.
The goal is therefore to research and monitor the megafauna - Cetaceans, Turtles and Sharks - in this area off the Lazio coast, the ideal habitat of the largest predator in the world: the Sperm Whale . All with specific instrumentation and equipment (drones, hydrophones, cameras and video cameras) to study the distribution and behavior of these wonderful and very important animals and to collect fundamental data to evaluate their presence.
This is a real research expedition, departing from Anzio , which will help the entire scientific community to have valuable information on an unexplored area that could represent a biodiversity hotspot and a very important area of feeding, migration and reproduction for whales. , dolphins, turtles and sharks.
Participating in this expedition is a unique and unrepeatable experience , which will allow 8 travelers to support, in a very important WWF research project, a professional who every day is committed to the protection of marine fauna and the ecosystem in general.
IS IT AN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE?
Yes, in the sense that anyone can get on board this experience, the important thing is to be at ease on a boat and know that it will be a wonderful experience but with rhythms dictated by the real protagonists of this adventure: the cetaceans and other marine animals. There will therefore be navigation and sailing but also moments of fun and strong complicity within the crew, which is united by a common mission: to search and monitor cetaceans to give them the opportunity to continue living undisturbed in their natural habitat. .
THE SKIPPER AND THE BOAT
The skipper of this experience will be Francesco N .. On board with Francesco there will also be his co-skipper and at least two expert biologists / naturalists or ethologists sent by the WWF and other international bodies. For those who wish during the experience it will be possible to learn sailing notions with a small course held by the skipper .
Sailing with Francesco means taking a step back in time, it means experiencing those emotions that only history with its traditions can give you. Lie on the deck, eyes closed, the sun warming your face and feel the gentle roll of the boat as it safely plows through the water. The schooner is in fact built entirely of wood and designed for an environmental awareness project on the theme of plastic in the sea. The guest cabins are two doubles (of which only one is "closed"), one triple (with double berth + 1 single) and one quadruple with 4 single berths.
This boat is deliberately spartan but very charming , so the small price to pay is the lack of some comforts: there is no 220v (therefore it is not possible to use the hairdryer on board) and it does not dispense hot water.
GREEN PASS MANDATORY
Participants of this holiday will be required to show a valid green pass.
This expedition will start with a minimum number of 6 people, so that WWF can at least partially cover the costs of the expedition. From experience on past expeditions, people who board this type of experience often travel alone. The advice is, if interested, to book even at a minimum number NOT yet reached , as it has happened several times to have an adequate number of interested parties but no one who takes the first step, perhaps frightened by the possibility of not reaching the minimum number. Even after booking, as long as the holiday is not confirmed (ie it will have a minimum of 6 people on board) it will be possible to receive a TOTAL REFUND , in the event that the number of 6 people is not reached.
Schooner 60 Piedi, Westergard Boats
Wooden schooner, auric rig, traditional construction
Lung. On deck. 18.14 m wide mt. 4.67 draft mt. 2.49
Comfort: 2 double cabins, 2 triple cabins, 1 quadruple cabin, 1 navigator berth (total 15 beds);
2 bathrooms, dinette, kitchen with oven.
Instruments: compass, VHF, GPS Navionics, manual windlass, awning, tender with outboard.
100hp aspirated FTP engine
Our trip starts here
Anzio, RM, Italia
Friday 29 October from 18:00 until Friday 29 October at 19:00
Our trip ends here
Anzio, RM, Italia
Monday 1 November from 16:00 until Monday 1 November at 16:00
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Other important information
WHAT TO BRING
The boat is not equipped with heating but being entirely made of wood, the internal temperature is still comfortable, being well insulated. For navigation, however, it is advisable to bring warm clothing and a jacket suitable for the season. Hat, scarf and gloves for the coldest. Having said that, the weather might surprise us, the possibility of being able to take an autumn swim is not excluded. For the night it is good to bring a sleeping bag suitable for the season.
Do not use rigid suitcases on the boat, spaces are limited.
It is not possible to use the hairdryer on board and the boat does not dispense hot water.
If you think you suffer from seasickness, you can buy special tablets at the pharmacy.
HOW TO REACH THE BOARDING PLACE
You can get to Anzio with a direct train from Rome. The train journey takes less than an hour and the train station is just a few minutes' walk from the port of Anzio.
Payment and cancellations
For all cetacean watching and research cruises with SKIPPER on board of a SAILBOAT or GOLET the Standard Sailsquare Policies apply..
- If you are more than 45 days away from departure, you can pay a deposit of about 30% and pay the balance within 30 days before departure. For this type of payment there is a handling fee of 25€..
- Until your experience is confirmed, you can cancel your
reservation at any time and receive a full refund of all fees
. Covid19 Policy Update
Are you forced to cancel a confirmed experience when there are more than 30 days to go? Are you unable to travel or reach your departure location due to regulations issued by the relevant authorities? Contact Customer Support and you will receive a full refund of the fees paid.
Special Cancellation Policies apply to all WWF-guided nature observation trips.
If your vacation is not confirmed, you may pay:
- 30% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance when the vacation is confirmed or, 30 days before departure if it is not confirmed before.
If the vacation is confirmed, you can pay:
- 60% as a deposit at the time of booking
- The balance 30 days before departure.
- Unconfirmed vacation: you can cancel when you want: you will receive a full refund of the amount paid, net of any additional services.
- Confirmed vacation: if you cancel your reservation 30 or more days before departure, a penalty of 60% will apply. a 60% penalty. If you cancel less than 30 days days before departure, a penalty of 100% applies.
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Final cleaning
- WWF guide
Not included in the price.
- Meals/drinks consumed ashore
- Trip from and to embarkment/disembarkment port
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Mooring fees
- Tessera associativa ASD - 15€/persona
- 75€/giorno per carburante (da dividere tra i Viaggiatori)
- 25€/persona al giorno obbligatori per la cambusa (effettuata dall’equipaggio prima dell'imbarco)
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately 150-200€ per person.