We are marine biologists who took their Bachelor´s in Biology at University of Navarra in Spain and their Master´s in Marine Ecology and Resources Biology at The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. We met during our studies and our friendship grew stronger in Tromsø where we shared a crazy love for the ocean, passion for adventure and desire to live an alternative/ custom-made lifestyle.
It was in this sub-Arctic region where we experienced the severity of climate change, global warming and plastic pollution which are rapidly degenerating our planet in front of our eyes. Upon those experiences, a strong feeling of responsibility invaded us. The idea of just living that alternative, adventurous life in the ocean turned out not to be fulfilling enough any more.
Our life goals had to be greater than ourselves because our potential for change in this planet was obviously greater than we reckoned before. That´s why we created Marinewide. Thus, more than a company, Marinewide is a lifestyle founded on the belief of a sustainable future and determined to lead the change towards a healthier relationship between human beings and Planet Earth.
Her name is derived from the Latin word for sword, from the scientific name Makaira nigricans, or blue marlin. A strongly built offshore sailing vessel, she moves fast as she cuts through the waves.We have upgraded her for long distance cruising with a 700l water tank, solar panels and a wind turbine to power her lithium batteries. This means we can stay off grid for longer periods of time. In addition, her rig and sail wardrobe has been refitted and renovated to ensure she can withstand challenging offshore situations.
Tromsø has a very special energy, almost magical, that makes any adventurer feel at home. Its remoteness, alpine surroundings, wildlife, the aurora borealis… [sigh] are incomparable. That sort of supernatural force that made Roald Amundsen set base there for his Arctic expeditions, is what made us end up there.
And once there… there is no way back. Moreover, its surroundings offer endless opportunities for mountaineering, backcountry skiing or freediving and spearfishing the whole year round which makes it a paradise for the outdoors, and we are born feral.