iFADO IV (El Hierro – Mar, Salitre y Lava)



1st Voyage

This boat was built by students at IES Garoé, from El Hierro island (Canary Islands). The action is running under support of the iFADO project (Interreg Atlantic Program) and led in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). This is the fourth iFADO miniboat from the Canary Islands.

Here are some pictures of student work, including of a sail exhibition at the school of student artwork.

On Friday, May 5, 2023, students from IES Garoé, from El Hierro island joined students from IES Eusebio Barreto in Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, to launch the miniboat named Buche salado II with the Canary Islands Ocean Platform (PLOCAN) and other partners into the sea in the waters of Tazacorte (La Palma). The boat was launched at 10:23 UTC, about 3.5 nautical miles offshore.


To read more about the activity hosted by PLOCAN and iFADO: Alumnos del IES Eusebio Barreto de La Palma lanzan al mar el bote educativo Buche Salado II para cruzar el Atlántico (Students from the IES Eusebio Barreto de La Palma launch the Buche Salado II educational boat into the sea to cross the Atlantic).

On May 19, the El Hierro – Mar, Salitre y Lava was launched off the island of El Hierro. Here are some pictures from the event:


And the news coverage of the launch:

January 13, 2024

After over 200 days at sea, the miniboat started approaching South America again (after another big loop in 2023). An update was featured on the news on January 13 with an interview from Captain Milli:

Sensor Data through November 27, 2023

This miniboat has two GPS systems installed. The reports from the main GPS will show on the map at the top of this page here (which updates hourly with new positions if available). Here below is a map of the data reporting from the second GPS which is connected to the sensor package. In addition to reporting location with a secondary GPS tracker, this system also collected air temperature, water temperature, and orientation of the boat. The system reported through November 27, 2023. The main GPS continued to report after that. If you are interested in looking at the data in a different format from the whole voyage, contact us.

April 9, 2024

At the beginning of 2024, the miniboat sailed into the Caribbean Sea!

April 26, 2024

After a tremendous voyage, the miniboat made landfall in Nicaragua. Stay tuned for updates!