In 1994. I took part in the first leg of the Croatian sailing expedition
"Arctic - Antarctic" where I served as the expedition liaison for eastern
Canada. In the summer of that year, we sailed on a 20 m (65 ft.) ketch "Hrvatska
Cigra" ("Croatian Tern") to the southwest coast of Greenland.
The goal of the expedition, which is to take course over three years, was
to navigate as close as possible to the North and South Poles. The journey
started in Croatia, continued along the east coast of Canada, through the
Northwest Passage, along the west coast of North and South America, around
the legendary Cape Horn, and back to Europe.
With a crew of predominantly Croatian sailors, our aim was to draw the
attention of world media to the Republic of Croatia (and have fun in the
meantime). The voyage led us to many ports in Canada, the United States,
Chile and Argentina. This provided an excellent opportunity to present the
Republic of Croatia in a new way to other nations, and to strengthen the
links among Croatian emigrants living abroad. Coming from a country of skilled
and determined sailors, our goal was to reach out and strengthen our reputation
as enterprising and friendly people worldwide.
Picture you see here was taken while the crew members relaxed in a natural
hot spring in southern Greenland (white blobs in the background are large