Students at Brockwood Park School in Hampshire, UK, Finn Cameron-Turner and Tereza Deminova, both 17, built a 16’ Matinicus double-ender. They had some help from a mentor and other students during the construction at the international school located in England’s Hampshire countryside, but it will be up to the two of them to row and sail the boat over 1,500 miles from Mainz, Germany, to Sochi, Russia, Tereza’s home town.

They’ll cross Europe on inland waterways, the last of which, the Danube, will deliver them to the Black Sea for the final leg along an exposed coast. For Finn and Tereza, the voyage is more than a summer vacation. They’ll continue their education by learning about navigation, sailing, and different languages and cultures. The state of the global environment is of great concern to them and they hope to demonstrate that travel, even for Tereza to get from school to her home in Sochi, can be done with a minimum of ecological impact. We’ll follow along on the adventure with regular installments of videos from Finn and Tereza. Watch this video to get to know the two adventurers.

Watch Episode 1