Barcelona-Odessa Expedition 2005  
On the 1st of September, the Spanish record man Alvaro de Marichalar (only sportsman who managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a water-scooter) will try to navigate from Spain to Ukraine, aboard a tiny water-scooter.

The aim of this unique expedition is to vindicate the founder of the city of Odessa: José de Ribas, a well-known Spanish adventurer and seafarer.

Catalonian aristocrat Jose de Ribas, known as Russian Admiral, Iosip Deribas who founded the city of Odessa in the 18th century (1794)

Distance: 3.000 nautical miles of solo navigating.
Departure date: 1st of September, 2005
Departure point: port of Barcelona
The sportsman will navigate solo. Alvaro will travel alone: without the support of a boat. .
Average navigation time per stage is 10 hours (sportsman will navigate always standing up to avoid spine problems)
Expected arrival date: End of September, 2005
Previous Lap: (Departure date: August, 30) Formentera island (Balearic Islands, Spain) - Valencia - Barcelona


Bandole (France)
Genoa (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
Messina Strait (Italy)
Santa Maria dýi Leuca (Italy)
Pátrai (Greece)
Athens (Pireas, Greece)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Varna (Bulgaria)
Constanta (Rumania)
ODESSA (Ukraine)

The history of Odessa:

Odessa was founded in 1794 by Spanish Admiral Jose de Ribas.

The city has a heroic past. Early in the XV century the Slav settlement of Kachibei was situated in the vicinity of Odessa. It was later taken by the Turks, and a Turkish fortress, Hajibei, was built in 1764 on the same site.

In 1764 the Empress Catherine the Great, of Russia formed the territories newly acquired in the south-west other empire into a province called Novorossiya.

During the Russo-Turkish war of 1787-91, the Russian troops, commanded by the Spanish Admiral, Don Jose de Ribas, took the fortress. De Ribas was a Catalonian aristocrat born in Spanish Naples, of Spanish and Irish stock (his father was a Spaniard, his mother Irish)

Don Jose de Ribas, recommended the site for the region's principal port. Its harbour was deep and nearly ice-free. Breakwaters could be cheaply constructed and would render the harbour safe even for large fleets. In 1794, Catherine the Great gave it her approval. She immediately sent twenty-six thousand roubles to Jose de Ribas to build a harbour. This new settlement was given the name Odessa.

The biggest street in Odessa has been named Deribasovskaya in honour of the city's founder, Jose de Ribas.

The flag of Barcelona will be taken all the way to Odessa, and the flag of Odessa will be taken to Barcelona, in order to twin both cities.

Expedition objectives.-

1. Vindicate the founder of the city of Odessa: José de Ribas, a well-known Spanish adventurer and seafarer.

2. Make people aware of the need to respect our ocean and nature.

3. Promote sports and a healthy life (against the abuse of drugs and alcohol) The sailor follows always this philosophy.

4. Promote peace and concord.

5. Promote fair play in sports.

6. Help two charity institutions: PROYECTO HOMBRE - and FEFOC (Fundación Prevención Cáncer)

Important Notice: both charity institutions, have received a contribution handed by our Expedition sponsor: Fundación RENTA Corporación.



RENTA Corporación (Fundación Privada)

FEVE (Ferrocarriles de Via Estrecha)


Universidad SEK

Jets Marivent









NAUTICA PINS (Formentera)


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