For 17 years, the Schwoerer Family together with volunteers from 58 nations has led the “TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition” conducting field-based research for universities, scientists, and research organizations, visiting the world’s remote regions and sharing examples of innovative solutions to protect and conserve our planet. It’s the first expedition connecting all climates, traversing seven seas, reaching the highest peaks of all seven continents, powered only by nature and the human spirit. After 100,000 nautical miles covering over 100 countries, more than 120,000 students got inspired to act. On this unique expedition, Sabine & Dario Schwoerer gave birth to Salina, Andri, Noe, Alegra, Mia, and Vital.
A creasy storm crashed Pachamama in Akureyri in the very North of Iceland close to the Arctic Circle on Monday the 6th of November 2017 after midnight, when all boat cleats and heavy-duty ropes collapsed in the huge swell. We were able to navigate to the next floating peer which moved like a furious snake, where we crashed with full force again and again on a concrete floating pier.
All hands were on the pumps to keep Pachamama a float. Not before the storm was decreasing, the rescue team ashore were able to access the float to get the kids from the boat. The fire firefighters came with a bigger pump and the harbor staff organized big truck tires to avoid more damage.
Hard on the kids, seeing Pachamama nearly sinking and now to scope with their damaged home. Hard on us, after 18 years putting so much energy in our mission to save the planet.
No idea, how we overcome this challenge, but we just take it step by step and started to save our belongings on board and bring them ashore...
The aluminum frame of the hull is severely damaged. The repairs will succeed USD 75'000.-. Please help and become part of the project towards a full recovery of Pachamama.
In this very moment, we reach out to you and are very thankful for any donation that keeps us and the TOPtoTOP project afloat.
Join our efforts so that Pachamama is able to shine under the sun and play with the dolphins of our Oceans again!
Thank you very much!
Sabine and Dario Schwörer
with Salina, Andri, Noe, Alegra, Mia, Vital and Mirjam