SOLO WORLD TOUR VIA JET SKI
We manufacture product in so many countries around the world we gravitate to people and personalities that live, love and travel the world without fear.
We all have preconceived notions of who a person is, where a person comes from or what a person can do. Everyone who knows me knows that I like to break that model and I don't fit into any preconceived box. This would explain the rare gems of personalities that come into both Thomas' and My life.
Alvaro showing Me (Michou Mahtani) the map he is charting around the globe.
Enter Don Alvaro de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada (Alvaro de Marichalar). Alvaro rode into french art liaison Gabrielle Hatchuel's and our lives on his famed jet ski named Numancia.
The name of his jet ski honors a tiny city which resisted the Roman Empire Invasion of Spain 22 centuries ago. This same city made the Roman Empire change the calendar making the calendar year begin on January 1st, the legacy of Numancia is so great not only is it the base of the Marichalar family property it is also had inspired Cervantes to write a poem and luxury group LVMH to name a wine after this legendary town.
Alvaro aboard his Jet Ski Numancia
If you have not realized already fasten your seatbelt you are in for a trip around the world on a waver runner that will break boundaries, open minds and connect us all.
Alvaro, the 3rd of 6 children (Amallio, Ana, Alvaro, Jaime,Luis, Ignacio) from one of the most noble families in Spain Marichalar y Sáenz Tejada, came to Miami in 1982 and fell in love with the Jet Ski. He holds 14 world records in distance and time. He began to organize 40 expeditions around the world interacting with people and cultures in the most organic of ways a verified "Truth Seeker" a very real human experience.
Alvaro set up the first satellite and mobile companies in Spain and has been a real estate investor over the last 25 years enabling him to find his true love on the sea. Besides being an entrepreneur he rather a wealth of experience in place of material wealth.
As we are all relegated to our homes and long for time spent by the oceans in the summer it's important to note by the year 2050 there will be more weight in our oceans in plastic that weight in fish.
Alvaro sees this 1st hand. The percentage of water on this planet 71% is almost equivalent to the water in the human body. As a brand we strive to make all our products recyclable so we resonate with this on a deep level.
The idea of riding a jet ski around the world came to him via one of his ancestors Tristan de Luna y Arellano. Born in Borobia, Spain, to a noble family Tristán de Luna came to New Spain, and was sent on an expedition to colonize Florida in 1559. Tristán established an ephemeral colony at modern-day Pensacola, the earliest multi-year European settlement in the continental United States.
Linked by his family ancestors, Tristan de Luna, Alvaro had the idea to model his trip around the globe after Magellan only this time by a more modern way of travel.
Ferdinand Magellan (/məˈɡɛlən/ or /məˈdʒɛlən/; Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães, IPA: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃w dɨ mɐɣɐˈʎɐ̃jʃ]; Spanish: Fernando de Magallanes, IPA: [feɾˈnando ðe maɣaˈʎanes]; c. 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, which was completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.
Alvaro departed on the 10th of August 2019 at 2pm as Magellan & Elcano did 500yrs ago!
He departed the same date 10th of August 2019 at 2pm as they did 500 years before hoping to complete his trip in the same amount of time it took Magellan and his team to circle the globe proving the globe was round and not flat.
Magellan left Spain with 5 Boats and 250 sailors. He died in the Philiipines. Elcano returned to Seville with 1 boat and 18 sailors managing to complete the very First Circumnavigation of the World.
Alvaro left from the same port in Spain and said his prayer at the same church in that of Magellan ( see video below).
He reminds us how the Ocean is the great connector of us all. When Christopher Columbus arrived to the America's a new culture arrived with him. The best of Greece, Egypt and Persia came along via Sugar Cane from Arabia , lemons from Persia, Law from Rome and much more.
In place of conquering cultures that pre existed his arrival all the native nobility in these countries had auto recognition by the Crown of Spain via The Laws of Burgos (1512) also considering the natives as subjects of the King with equal rights as every other Spaniard. Miscegenation promoted by the Spanish Empire created a new race in the Americas exactly as the Roman Empire did in Europe 22 centuries ago.
Alvaro has used his knowledge and experience to pen books, give lectures (see below) not only about experience but the principal and reasons based on value justifying the next choice we all make in life encouraging people to fight for their dream without any fear.
Alvaro speaking to 1300 US Marines in Pensacola, FL.
At a time of our planets history where everyone has become so boundary cognizant and xenophobic we need people like Alvaro to keep showing us there is a greater strength in being connected rather than separated.
In finishing, this expedition is one of heart mind and soul. A true gentleman who ride the waves traveling via jet ski from Panama to Alaska to Russia and on to India as he continues to navigate around our globe in search of the meaning of life recapping his stories along the way to help all of us be fearless in our lives while we sit at our desks trying to find true meaning of experience.
Alvaro has created an impressive following of brands that have back his expedition including UBS Bank , Audemars Piquet (2006 Hong Kong to Tokyo), Panerai, Ikepod among many others.
Follow Alvaro as he travels the world on his jet ski:
The Laws of Burgos (Leyes de Burgos), promulgated on 27 December 1512 in Burgos, Crown of Castile (Spain), was the first codified set of laws governing the behavior of Spaniards in the Americas, particularly with regard to the Indigenous people of the Americas ('native Caribbean Indians'). They forbade the maltreatment of the indigenous people and endorsed their conversion to Catholicism. The laws were created following the conquest and Spanish colonization of the Americas in the West Indies, where the common law of Castile was not fully applicable.
Your writing opens my eyes to things beyond my periphery. I love these gentle awakenings that spark my imagination and fuel my creativity.
Thank you very much for feeling, understanding and expressing in such a beautiful and sensitive way what I am doing out there in the wild ocean when solo navigating towards the unknown Blue Horizon…
Being alone in the liquid Desert aboard my tiny 11ft vessel NUMANCIA allows me to study the Truth of our existence along with the Truth of Nature.
That’s why it gets very easy for me to understand, respect and love every kind of Culture, Race, Religion, Sensibility or Feeling as long as the person’s behavior and soul are noble. Noble meaning the only concept Nobility really means and stands for: BEING A GOOD PERSON AND BEHAVE ACCORDINGLY.
What you write on your Blog about my current Endeavour will help me reinforce my motivation in order to keep going and keep trying circumnavigate our beloved Planet following the watermark of Magellan and Elcano along with the rest of the heroes who made it for the very First time 500 years ago.
Thanks again and I hope your beautiful Blog and my Expedition together will inspire the challenges of some of your readers by showing the fact nothing is impossible if we decide to make it possible.
Very best wishes.
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