UNIFIL peacekeepers on patrol in Lebanon. Photo: UNIFIL

The WLCU delegations attended the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference in Beirut , organized by the Lebanese ministry of foreign affairs, from May 30 to June 1/ 2014.

Vessel captain, Amyr Klink was born in São Paulo, son of a Lebanese father and a Swedish mother. He began visiting Paraty (RJ) with his family when he was only two years old. This historic city, located on the Coast of Brazil, is the place that inspired him to travel the world. He married Marina Bandeira in 1996 and the couple’s twin daughters, Tamara and Laura, were born in 1997, while Marininha, their youngest daughter was born in 2000.

Amyr Khan Klink was born on September 25th, 1955, in the city of São Paulo, the first of Jamil Klink and Asa Frieberg Klink’s four sons. At the age of ten, Amyr bought his first canoe, in Paraty – Max – this purchase was the beginning of a collection that would exceed 30 vessels.

In 1978, when he was 23 years old, he took his first international trip, on a motorcycle, to Chile.

Five years later, in 1983, he finished building his first boat: the I.A.T, with which he would do his first solo South Atlantic rowing sea crossing. The 3,700 miles / 100 days journey through the Atlantic ended on September 18th, 1984, in Bahia, and is depicted in the best seller, Cem Dias entre o Céu e o Mar.

In 1986, Amyr took the first of his 15 trips to Antarctica. When he returned, he began building the Paratii. With this boat, in 1989, he made his debut as a solo sailor on a journey that lasted 642 days, spending seven and a half months waiting out the Antarctic winter period. He sailed a total of 27 thousand miles – a journey described in Paratii, Entre Dois Pólos.

Four years later he became the founding partner of the Museu do Mar in São Francisco do Sul, in Santa Catarina. The year of 1994 marked the beginning of the construction of the Paratii 2 sailboat.

In 1996, Amyr married Marina Bandeira, a sailor with over 100 competitions in her CV. In 1997 the twins Tâmara and Laura were born.

The following year, Amyr set sail on yet another solo journey. On board of his Paratii, he began the project Antártica 360 Graus, doing the polar circumnavigation, using the most difficult route. It took 88 days, 14 thousand miles and one more book: Mar Sem Fim.

In 2000, his youngest daughter, Marina, was born. The following year, after seven years, Amyr finishes building the Paratii 2, the most modern sailboat ever built in Brazil. Between December 2003 and February 2004, Amyr repeated the polar circumnavigation, this time with a five men crew. The trip lasted 76 days, non-stop, and covered 13.3 thousand miles.

In 2006, he released his last book, Linha D’água.

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