Sirene Issue 7


Sirene is a new magazine tailored for those people who feel close to the sea even when they are far away from it.

We explore the theme of friendship: if born at sea, it lasts forever, even on land. We navigate the Aegean, where you can’t help feeling the attraction for our origins, and free dive in the underwater “cathedral” of Mindanao, in the Solomon Islands and in the sacred cave of Miyako, Japan. We also cross the sea in search of those Islands where the nights are still dark. Plus, our bathing manifesto: at sea, you are free to feel free.

Good summer and happy reading.

Large recycled paper pages, rough and porous as only salt water stains can be, large white spaces, pure as a sea horizon, and page-turner stories that will put you on the same wave-length with a surging community looking at the oceans as the intersection of the planet’s destinies.

Our paper is made from algae, to make use of excess algal blooms from lagoons at risk. For every half kilo of fresh algae, a kilo of wood is saved. The entire productive process has been scrupulously thought out to attain minimal environmental impact.

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The Sky above the Islands

To discover the stars, you have to cross the sea in search of those islands where the nights are still dark.

Amidst the Ghosts of Bernard Moitessier

On the eve of the Golden Globe – the solo voyage around the world in a sailing boat without technology, just as it was 50 years ago – thinking about Bernard Moitessier is almost an instinctive reflex, a common occurrence. It’s harder to separate the person from the character, the emotions from rhetoric. Massimo Morello has tried to do so by following in the tracks of Gérard Janichon, one of those sailors who, before dealing with his own ocean, really wanted to meet Moitessier.

Yesterday, Tomorrow: Nakuru Kuru

Gentleman, sailor, lone wolf, explorer, environmentalist, John Ritter has spent his entire life in constant search for water, in the eternal need to ‘get wet’. He discovered, off the islands of Tavarua and Namotu, one of the most legendary waves in the world, Cloudbreak, his Moby Dick.

The Unsustainable Science of the Waves

The Marshall Islands archipelago, island of Rongelap. The nuclear tests in 1954 in nearby Bikini provoked the evacuation of the local community, the loss of identity and of the ancient knowledge of the ri-meto, the people of the sea. Almost fifty years later, one of the exiles, Korent Joel, shows he can navigate by using the waves to get his bearings. The ancient art of navigation has also survived the atomic explosion.