Sail4Syria. (Voile pour La Syrie).

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Maria Gallastegui and Simon Moore embarked on the 12 of July on a sailing voyage from London to Beirut in ‘Rumi’ a Wayfarer Sailing boat. We arrived in Calais on Monday the 4th of August and are currently rowing through the French canals to the Mediterranean Sea.  We will be passing through Rheims, Dijon, Lyon and Marseille.

We are keen to meet up with like minded people and groups to take part in solidarity actions for  peace and justice in Syria.

Please contact us by phone on: +33 (0) 785 99 15 21

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The aims of Sail4Syria (S4S), which is a project of London-based Syria Peace & Justice (SPJ) are as follows: [1]·
  • To show solidarity with people whose lives have been torn apart by the crisis in Syria, including those still living in war zones and besieged areas and the more than 2.5 million refugees dispersed mainly around neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey;·
  • To build networks with and support grassroots organisations and communities inside and outside Syria working to address the serious humanitarian and societal issues created by the crisis, as well as those working non-violently for positive democratic change within Syria; [2]
  • To publicise our call for an end to the fuelling and intensifying of the conflict by various governments including UK, USA, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Turkey who have been facilitating the flow of weapons and military equipment into the country to all sides, [3] and without taking their full share of responsibility for the ensuing humanitarian crisis. [4]

SPJ is calling for non-violent action to highlight and challenge the above behaviour and encourage a responsible, compassionate and peaceful approach to the Syria crisis from the international community.

The S4S team is seeking to link up with like-minded groups and individuals as it passes through various cities, towns and villages along its route.

S4S is sponsoring a children’s activity project for Syrian refugee children, in co-ordination with Syrian Eyes. [2]  For more about this project, please click here.

For media enquiries or further information, please contact: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com

Tel:

Simon &Maria (French mobile) +33 (0)785 99 15 21

 or Dan (UK-based): +44 (0)7506 234 091/ +44 (0)7774 543 818

Notes to editor:

1. Syria Peace & Justice (SPJ) is an open, London-based non-sectarian grassroots group, formed in October 2013. It wishes to promote a peaceful end to the terrible conflict in Syria and justice and human rights for all of its people.

More information about the group and updates on the progress of the Sail4Syria (S4S) voyage can be found at:
http://www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com

or http://www.facebook.com/sail4syria

2. SPJ and S4S are currently supporting one group called Syrian Eyes, which is made up of mostly young unpaid Syrian refugees who dedicate their time to providing for the needs of the Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.

Syrian Eyes’ main method of communication with the wider world is through their Facebook page. This is mostly written in Arabic, but does allow non-Arabic speakers to see many photos illustrating their activities in Lebanon. Syrian Eyes describes itself thus*:

“Seeks to provide immediate relief assistance to the displaced people in the Syrian refugee camps in the State of brotherly Lebanon, in addition to the establishment of a small development projects to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of these camps as much as possible.
*auto-translation from Arabic;

3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22906965
4. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/13/syrian-refugee-catastrophe-european-union-united-nations

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 La traduction Francaise:
Maria Gallastegui et Simon Moore sommes partis, le 12 Juillet 2014, dans un voyage de Londres à Beirut, à bord de ´Rumi’, un voilier Wayfarer dinghy de 16 pieds (4,8 m).
Nous sommes arrivés à Calais le lundi 4 Août et actuellement ramons à travers les canaux françaises à la mer Méditerranée. Nous serons en passant par Reims, Dijon, Lyon et Marseille.
Nous souhaitons rencontrer des gens et des groupes aux vues similaires à participer à des actions de solidarité pour la paix et la justice en Syrie.
S’il vous plaît contactez-nous par téléphone au: +33 (0) 785 99 15 21
Les objectifs de Sail4Syria (S4S), qui est un projet de la Syrie la paix et la justice (SPJ), basé à Londres sont les suivantes: [1] ·
  •  Faire preuve de solidarité avec les personnes dont les vies ont été déchirées par la crise en Syrie, y compris ceux qui vivent encore dans des zones de guerre et les zones assiégées et les plus de 2,5 millions de réfugiés dispersés pays principalement autour de voisins, dont l’Irak, la Jordanie, le Liban et la Turquie; · 
  • Pour créer des réseaux avec et soutenir les organisations et les communautés à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur Syrie de travail pour aborder les questions humanitaires et sociales graves créés par la crise de base, ainsi que ceux qui travaillent de façon non violente pour le changement démocratique positif en Syrie; [2] 
  • Pour connaître notre appel pour la fin de l ‘alimentation et l’intensification du conflit par les différents gouvernements, y compris au Royaume-Uni, Etats-Unis, la Russie, l’Iran, le Qatar, l’Arabie saoudite et la Turquie qui ont été facilite le flux d’armes et de matériel militaire dans le pays de tous les côtés , [3] et sans prendre pleinement leur part de responsabilité dans la crise humanitaire qui a suivi. [4]

SPJ appelle à une action non-violente pour mettre en évidence et de contester le comportement ci-dessus et d’encourager une approche responsable, compatissant et pacifique à la crise en Syrie de la communauté internationale.

L’équipe S4S cherche à établir des liens avec des groupes et des individus semblables qui passe dans différents villes et villages le long de son itinéraire.

S4S parraine le projet d’activités pour les enfants pour les enfants de réfugiés syriens, en coordination avec le groupe: ‘Syrian Eyes’. [2] Pour plus sur ce projet, s’il vous plaît cliquez ici.

Pour les demandes des médias ou de plus amples informations, s’il vous plaît contacter: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com

Tél:

Simon & Maria (de mobile français) +33 (0) 785 99 15 21

ou Dan (UK-based): +44 (0) 7506 234 091 / +44 (0) 7774 543 818

Notes à l’éditeur:

1. Syrie Paix et Justice (SPJ) est un groupe ouvert, basé à Londres, non-sectaire base, formé en Octobre 2013 Il souhaite promouvoir une issue pacifique à la terrible conflit en Syrie et de la justice et des droits humains pour tous ses habitants .

Plus d’informations sur le groupe et les mises à jour sur les progrès de la Sail4Syria (S4S) voyage peut être trouvé à:
http://www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com ou http://www.facebook.com/sail4syria

2. SPJ et S4S soutiennent actuellement un groupe appelé ‘Syrian Eyes’, qui est composé principalement de jeunes réfugiés syriens non rémunérés qui consacrent leur temps à fournir pour les besoins des familles de réfugiés syriens au Liban.

Principale méthode de ‘Syrian Eyes’ de communication avec le reste du monde à travers leur page Facebook. Cela est principalement écrit en arabe, mais ne permet non arabophones à voir de nombreuses photos illustrant leurs activités au Liban. ‘Syrian Eyes’ se décrit ainsi *:

«Cherche à obtenir une aide d’urgence immédiate aux personnes déplacées dans les camps de réfugiés syriens dans l’État de Liban frère, en plus de la création d’un des petits projets de développement visant à améliorer les conditions de vie des habitants de ces camps, autant que possible.”
* auto-traduction de l’arabe;

Sail4Syria: fuelled by ‘People Power’…

On the beach at St Margaret's Bay, near Dover.  With supportive local people.

On the beach at St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover. With supportive local people.  04/08/14

Sail4Syria is being carried out on a shoestring budget and could not be possible without all the kind assistance of people who we have encountered along the way.  People have provided support in a variety of ways.  Included below are some of the people and groups who have kept us going…

April 2014.

Thanks to Robert Hoare for his help and assistance in transporting the little boat ‘Rumi’ to the River Thames in Eynsham Oxfordshire.

Thanks to Ben at the ‘Fibreglass Shop’ in Brentford for generously donating fibreglass and assosiated material, to make good the boat!

http://www.thefibreglassshop.co.uk/

Also thanks to John and Anne-Marie from ‘Edge Sails’ who donated our main sail.

The main sail has 3 reefing points allowing us to sail in a much safer way than the sail we originally had.

http://www.edgesails.com/

Thanks to the community spirit of Brentford residence and local boat owners.

12th July – Official departure.Thanks to the great assistance from Chris Roper (East London Against the Arms Fair) and John Kenton who assisted in our launch from Gabriels Wharf, South Bank London.

Thanks to all who came to see us off, friends and family.

13th July -Thanks to ‘Baraccuda Bill’ residing at the South Docks Marina.

Also we need to mention a kindly concern from Ian and Ricky from a Port of London Authority vessel.

14th July Gravesend Sailing Club

Needed assistance from the Gravesend Sailing Club as our ‘centre board’ has become jammed and we are unable to drop the centre board for safe sailing. They volunteered the availability of their on-site crane. We were able to lift ‘Rumi’ out of the water. We discovered several chips in the hull which had to be repaired with fibreglass. The centre board was freed up and functioning well.

Thanks to John,( also known as Fred ) Ron, Bob, Colin and all members of the sailing club who accommodated our presence in a noble spirit.

http://www.gravesendsailingclub.co.uk/gscweb/page.php?3

20th July – Gravesend to Queensborough, Isle of Sheppey.

It was a beautiful day when we departed. On closing on Garrets Point the weather turned foul and we had to battle high winds and strong lashing rain. On heading towards Queensborough we had to take to oars as the wind suddenly dropped. We were very grateful to an offer of a tow from a French yacht and two kindly French ‘gentlemen’ Vive le France!

Queensborough 20th July – 24th July

Had to carry out essential repairs. Stayed on a galleon owned and built by Cap’n Lee who gave great advise and assistance and also breakfast!

http://pirateshipkent.com/

27th – 29th Margate

Adverse weather, taken in the care of ‘Margate Yacht Club’

Thanks for shelter and assistance Peter, Sue and Jason!

http://www.margateyachtclub.org/

29th – 31st July Ramsgate.

Thanks to the help and assistance from the staff of the ‘Harbour Office’ at Port of Ramsgate.

http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/

Thanks to Penny and Donna from the ‘Seamans Chapel’ who will be praying for us during our voyage.

31st July St Margarets Bay, Dover

Thanks to the local community including Nigel and Neil who came to our assistance and who supported us during the time we spent at St Margarets Bay. We had to wait for a ‘good weather’ window for our attempt at the Channel crossing.

https://www.google.fr/search?q=St+Margarets+Bay&client=ubuntu&hs=sB5&channel=fs&gl=uk&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=m03iU8zbJsi00QWlu4GABg&ved=0CDYQsAQ&biw=959&bih=510

4th July Depart for Calais.

At 3.20pm we departed St Margarets Bay. Said farewell the our friends Fred, Julian, Julie, and co.

Escorted by Skipper Marcus and crew David, Richard, and Helen from the ‘Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club’ thanks for your great help and assistance.

http://www.rcpyc.org.uk/

Arrived in Calais safe and sound!

Sail 4 Syria Update

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Maria, Simon and Rumi on shore

Paul, who also made the video of Maria and Simon’s departure which can be seen here https://vimeo.com/101240401, went down to Gravesend on Saturday 19th July and has kindly provided us with a short report (with photographs) about how they’ve been getting on:

“Maria and Simon spent the whole of last week at Gravesend Sailing Club.
The club’s hospitality and help was way beyond the call of duty. Maria
and Simon were allowed to sleep inside the club house and members of the
club repaired and configured the boat to make it fit for the journey.
Apparently, after hauling the boat out of the water, four holes in the
hull were discovered. The sailing club members made all of the necessary
repairs for free. There was also lots of advice on how to proceed with
their adventure in probably the most amazingly sociable and friendly
place you could imagine. As well as helping with the boat repairs and
making preparations for the next stage of the journey, Maria and Simon
also pitched in at the club house doing cooking, cleaning and lots of
tea making. I was certainly carrying a few extra pounds when I left
after munching my way through sausage, egg and beans and a huge lentil
curry. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to find out about the
people at the club. But I got photos of Mike and Colin who were part of
the team helping out with the boat. Maria and Simon have also promised
to go back and give a talk about their journey upon their return.
Weather permitting, Maria and Simon should have set sail again at 7am on
Sunday (20th July).”

GravesendSailingClub

Thank you to everyone at Gravesend Sailing Club for supporting Maria, Simon and Sail 4 Syria. We look forward to sharing more news of their voyage as it develops.

In peace,

Russ

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Colin and Maria

Please ‘like’ Sail4Syria on Facebook for more frequent updates about Simon and Maria’s journey (and far more pictures).

Sail 4 Syria updated departure details

Update: Sunday 13th July 2014

Maria and Simon set off from central London on their Sail 4 Syria odyssey to Lebanon yesterday afternoon.

After spending last night in South Dock in Rotherhithe, this afternoon they will continue eastwards past the Thames flood barrier in Woolwich.

Please support Maria and Simon in any way you can, such as by making a donation to Sail 4 Syria and/or the Syrian Eyes appeal.

Maria and Simon row off down the Thames from central London, 12 July 2014 - Image (c) 2014 D. Viesnik / Syria Peace & Justice)

Maria and Simon row off down the Thames from central London, 12 July 2014 – Image (c) 2014 D. Viesnik / Syria Peace & Justice)

*** More photos from Saturday’s departure from central London: ***

https://picasaweb.google.com/vd2012.pics/Sail4SyriaDepartureFromCentralLondon

http://www.demotix.com/news/5239889/sail-4-syria-starts-gabriel-wharf-london#media-5239857

Click here for a link to a video featuring interviews with Maria and some other Syria Peace & Justice group members.

#Sail4Syria supporters gather on the South Bank of the river Thames in central London on 12th July 2014. Credit: Syria Peace & Justice.

Syria Solidarity activists to sail from London to Beirut

 Sail4Syria duo to depart from the shore of the Thames at The South Bank (the beach next to Gabriel’s Wharf), London, Saturday 12th July 2014 at 3 p.m. (click here for map)
 
On Saturday 12th July, following several months of preparations, two peace activists, Maria Gallastegui and Simon Moore, will embark on a sailing voyage of over 3500 miles from London to Beirut, Lebanon.  This action is in solidarity with the people of Syria. They will travel aboard ‘Rumi‘: a 16-foot Wayfarer dinghy.
Maria Gallestegui on board 'Rumi'.  Sail designed and painted by artist Helyn Gulley.

Maria Gallestegui on board ‘Rumi’. Sail designed and painted by artist Helyn Gulley.

The aims of Sail4Syria (S4S), which is a project of London-based Syria Peace & Justice (SPJ) are as follows: [1]·
  • To show solidarity with people whose lives have been torn apart by the crisis in Syria, including those still living in war zones and besieged areas and the more than 2.5 million refugees dispersed mainly around neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey;·
  • To build networks with and support grassroots organisations and communities inside and outside Syria working to address the serious humanitarian and societal issues created by the crisis, as well as those working non-violently for positive democratic change within Syria; [2]
  • To publicise our call for an end to the fuelling and intensifying of the conflict by various governments including UK, USA, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Turkey who have been facilitating the flow of weapons and military equipment into the country to all sides, [3] and without taking their full share of responsibility for the ensuing humanitarian crisis. [4]

SPJ is calling for non-violent action to highlight and challenge the above behaviour and encourage a responsible, compassionate and peaceful approach to the Syria crisis from the international community.

The S4S team is seeking to link up with like-minded groups and individuals as it passes through various cities, towns and villages along its route.

SPJ and S4S will soon be announcing the sponsorship of a children’s activity project for Syrian refugee children, in co-ordination with Syrian Eyes. [2]  This will be published via the Syria Peace & Justice website.

For media enquiries or further information, please contact: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com

Tel:  Maria: +44 (0)7907 233 861;  Simon: +44 (0)7963 475 195;  or Dan (UK-based): +44 (0)7506 234 091/ +44 (0)7774 543 818

Notes to editor:

1. Syria Peace & Justice (SPJ) is an open, London-based non-sectarian grassroots group, formed in October 2013. It wishes to promote a peaceful end to the terrible conflict in Syria and justice and human rights for all of its people.

More information about the group and updates on the progress of the Sail4Syria (S4S) voyage can be found at:
http://www.syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com

2. SPJ and S4S are currently supporting one group called Syrian Eyes, which is made up of mostly young unpaid Syrian refugees who dedicate their time to providing for the needs of the Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.

Syrian Eyes’ main method of communication with the wider world is through their Facebook page. This is mostly written in Arabic, but does allow non-Arabic speakers to see many photos illustrating their activities in Lebanon. Syrian Eyes describes itself thus*:

“Seeks to provide immediate relief assistance to the displaced people in the Syrian refugee camps in the State of brotherly Lebanon, in addition to the establishment of a small development projects to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of these camps as much as possible.
*auto-translation from Arabic;

3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22906965
4. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/13/syrian-refugee-catastrophe-european-union-united-nations

Pop–Up ‘Syrian Refugee Camp’ – Wednesday 11th June 2014

Syria solidarity in Parliament Square, 11 June 2014. (c) 2014 D. Viesnik / Syria Peace & Justice

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***CLICK HERE for more photos from 11th June action***

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** 9 Million Displaced Syrians Must Not Be Forgotten **

Show solidarity with the Syrian people and support the pop-up ‘Syrian Refugee Camp’

Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1A OAA

Wednesday 11th June 2014

10am to 6pm

No need to bring tents as already organized.

Bring good energy, banners, placards, tea, and coffee.
Check weather forecast for brolly alert!

The U.N. estimates that over 6.5 million people are internally displaced — an increase of more than two million in just six months.

Over 2.7 million have fled Syria to escape the violence, mostly to surrounding countries: Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. This has caused great pressure on the host countries, who are in turn suffering from their own internal turmoil.

The lack of clean water and sanitation in crowded, makeshift settlements is an urgent concern. Diseases like cholera and polio can easily spread — even more life-threatening without enough medical services. In some areas with the largest refugee populations, water shortages have reached emergency levels; the supply is as low as 30 litres per person per day.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/UN-warns-of-drought-crisis-in-Syria-20140408

Arms companies supply weapons to kill predominantly civilians, in other countries and make an obscene amount of money.

The money for the weapons is unwittingly supplied by the taxpayer.

Aid is then sent to these destroyed countries to ‘help the victims’ This is the taxpayer’s money.

Charities are then set up to help in the short fall of funds, again this is the taxpayer.

The ordinary person in the street unwittingly foots the bill to make people they don’t know and will probably never meet, suffer and be killed, while making someone they don’t know and will probably never meet, VERY RICH.

“I hope that those that have the most important responsibility in world affairs will be able to understand that forgetting Syria will be a total disaster,” says António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Wars Fuelled by Western Powers

Blood money: UK’s £12.3bn arms sales to repressive states:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blood-money-uks-123bn-arms-sales-to-repressive-states-8711794.html

Russian arms manufacturer and supplier to the Syrian Government allowed to exhibit at the world’s largest arms fair in London, DSEI:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/05/arms-control-syria_n_3864687.html

The time has come to peacefully decline.

Syria Peace and Justice

http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com

syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com

07506 234 091

Twitter: @syriapj   Facebook: Syria Peace & Justice / Sail4Syria

#sail4syria

Earthian Global Peace Mission

http://earthianblog.wordpress.com

http://tinyurl.com/ophtc7x

Twitter: @earthiankvn   Facebook: Earthian Kvn

#earthianpeace

Peace Strike

http://www.peacestrike.org.uk

07907 233 861

Twitter: @peacestrike   Facebook: Peace Strike

#popupcamps

Latest update for Sail4Syria.

The departure date for the Sail4Syria (has now been moved from June 21st to late June/early July (exact date to be confirmed).   We are in the process of carrying out essential tasks needed to ensure the safe and successful undertaking of our journey.

We welcome all support; if you would like to be involved in the project in anyway (for example with foreign language translation for promotional literature production), please send an email to: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com
All donations are very welcome.

PS:   Maria and Simon will be talking about the Sail4Syria project at the 29th Anniversary of the London Peace Pagoda at Battersea Park, London at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 21st. Please see the following link for details:
http://www.networkforpeace.org.uk/calendar/peacepagoda/2014/jun/29th-annual-celebration-london-peace-pagoda

Sail4Syria

Syria solidarity activists to sail from London to Beirut – For immediate release

Sail4Syria duo to depart from South Bank of river Thames (from the beach next to Gabriel’s Wharf), London, Saturday 21st June 2014 at 2 p.m.

On Saturday 21st June, two peace activists, Maria Gallastegui and Simon Moore, will embark on a 3500-mile sailing voyage from London to Beirut, Lebanon in solidarity with the people of Syria. They will travel aboard a 16-foot Wayfarer dingy:

 

The boat which Maria and Simon are sailing to Beirut

The boat which Maria and Simon are sailing to Beirut

The aims of the Sail4Syria project, which is a project of London-based Syria Peace & Justice are as follows: [1]·

  • To show solidarity with people whose lives have been torn apart by the crisis in Syria, including those still living in war zones and besieged areas and the more than 2.5 million refugees dispersed mainly around neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey;
    .
  • To build networks with and support grassroots organisations and communities inside and outside Syria working to address the serious humanitarian and societal issues created by the crisis, as well as those working non-violently for positive democratic change within Syria;
    .
  • To publicise our call for an end to the fuelling and intensifying of the conflict by various governments including UK, USA, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Turkey who have been facilitating the flow of weapons and military equipment into the country to all sides[2], and without taking their full share of responsibility for the ensuing humanitarian crisis.[3]
The route.  (Maybe subject to change)

The route. (Maybe subject to change)

Syria Peace & Justice is calling for non-violent action to highlight and challenge the above behaviour and encourage a responsible, compassionate and peaceful approach to the Syria crisis from the international community.

The Sail4Syria team is seeking to link up with like-minded groups and individuals as it passes through various cities, towns and villages along its route.

For media enquiries or further information, please contact:  syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com

Tel:  Maria: 07907 233 861; or  Simon: 07963 475 195

Notes to editor:

1. Syria Peace & Justice is an open, London-based non-sectarian grassroots group, formed in October 2013. It wishes to promote a peaceful end to the terrible conflict in Syria and justice and human rights for all of its people.

More information can be found on the group’s website: http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com

2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-229069653

3. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/13/syrian-refugee-catastrophe-european-union-united-nations

Updates on the progress of the Sail4Syria voyage will be published at: http://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com