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Nov 2nd 2022

Baton Crosses Mediterranean Sea Greece > Cyprus > Israel

The Running Out of Time climate relay to COP27 has navigated seas, mountains, lakes and glaciers on our epic journey. And the crossing from Greece to Cyprus and Israel by sea was no exception! 

Finding a crew with enough experience and speed to take up the challenge of sailing the baton across the Mediterranean in time was never going to be an easy job. However, thanks to the support and hard work of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, an expert team was soon assembled. 

The baton was to travel in style on the aerodynamic Orma 60 Akron Aoton trimaran skippered by the wonderful Konstantinos Antonopoulos! This incredible racing trimaran is the 4 times winner of the Orma Cup so we knew the baton would be in safe hands in all seas for this huge moment in the relay. 

With the support of our Principal Partner Foundation for Environmental Education’s CEO Daniel Schaffer the baton boarded the trimaran on #DAY28 after a baton handover at the legendary Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympic Games and a handover event at the Marina by Team Greece! We had performances, speeches, an olive tree planting ceremony and a sail show by the team before it set sail to Cyprus where it reached shore four days later on #DAY32 and was handed over to Team Cyprus. See all the action on our social media channels

Relay Head of Logistics and Operations Hetty Key says: “For me, the Mediterranean crossing really personified what this really is about - the incredible things we can achieve when everyone works together. This remarkable effort didn’t come about from the work of one person but many. From weeks of hard work with Nikos Petrou and Marina Yeroulanou to the efforts of the crew aboard Akron Aoton - it’s been a joy to see such a challenging section of the route take shape.” 

Later that day having crossed Cyprus with special handover moments with partners CYMEPA, Stelios Foundation, FEE Global and Minister Costas Kadis and Head Commissioner of Environment for Cyprus. 

The baton boarded Akron Aoton again for its final blue stage crossing to Israel, our 17th country on the route and last stop before Egypt! tIt arrived on Nov 1st to a huge reception from Team Israel and local partners Eco Ocean.

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With ‘just’ 938km left to go we can surely say the end is in sight!! We can do this!


When: Friday 30th November to Tuesday 8th November

Where: Glasgow, Scotland to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Stats: 7,767km, 732 stages each around 10 km long, 40 days.  

Partners: UNESCO, Foundation for Environmental Education, Carbon Copy, all partners 

Social media: Instagram @climaterelay | Facebook @climaterelay | Twitter @climate_relay


Larissa Clark, Press Office: [email protected]


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