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]

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:



Updates on the progress of the Sail4Syria voyage will be published at: