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After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea to reach her destination in Greece, the "peace ship" Zamná started her journey back to Cozumel again, on Wednesday.

In August, the magnificent wooden trimaran set sail from Cozumel on a 4½ month sea voyage to Greece and back, via 15 ports in North America, Europe and Africa.

Vital Alsar Ramírez, a wise and much-honored Spanish sailor of 75 years, dreamed up the project in his adopted home in Veracruz, México.

The journey's purpose is beautifully simple: to take a child from the home of the great Mayan civilization in Mexico half-way across the world to deliver a message of peace to his kindred in Greece, cradle of another of the world's great civilizations.

Juan Pablo Tec Chim, the Mayan messenger, thanked the crowd for their support in the Greek port of El Pireo, before the crew started its journey back to Cozumel under the watchful eye of Captain Alsar.

Cozumel voyage
Adios to Greece.

"We will not allow any more marginalization due to differences in race, language, thought, disabilities, religion or social status", Tec Chim said, "love, which is so missing in the world, should be transmitted so there are no conflicts between human beings."

The ship is a unique handcrafted wooden masterpiece, 110 feet (33.5m) long and boasting three masts, she was built by a team of 40 skilled ship makers in Veracruz.

Egyptian, Greek and Mexican influences are visible in the design and the windows are decorated with images that mimic Mayan art.

Cozumel was declared as "Island of Peace" earlier this year due to its freedom from conflict since ancient Mayan times. Because of this honor, the island became a partner in Alsar's maritime project, now known as "The Child, the Sea and Peace".

For more information visit the Zamná website.

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