In May 2009, started from Zea marina in Athens, “Biking the ocean” a pedal boat where after 100 days and almost 4500 Km will reach Amsterdam. The sole aim of the journey is to raise money through sponsors for charitable purposes, specifically for Villa Pardoes in Kaatsheuvel. Villa Pardoes is a unique building with high-quality vacation units, especially for children who have a life-threatening illness. To run a place like Villa Pardoes is expensive and it is very much depended on donations. That's why the BTO Team will do everything to collect a considerable amount of money for Villa Pardoes, by asking for sponsorships for this project. Your support to the BTO Challenger project means automatically more money for Villa Pardoes.
How can you help? Visit http://www.bikingtheocean.com/
The team for the whole crossing consists of Alex Mutsaars, Matthijs Houben and Mark de Vries who joined the team during the 1st stage in the Mediterranean Sea. The Pedal Boat is in fact an Ocean Boat with wheel drive. The 11 m. boat is equipped with sophisticated navigation systems (solar energy, wind generator, fresh water maker).
Zea and Lefkas marinas also became sponsors of the program offering free hospitality, lifting and launching as well as free repairs to the vessel for the whole time of its stay to the marinas.