My name is Matteo Pont. I'm 27,
I'm Italian, I'm a graphic designer.
I decided to sail on a sailboat.

I grew up in a mountain village and my life always been an earth-life. Then, two years ago, I discover the sea. I decided to sail on a sailboat. I want to see what lies beyond. Beyond the horizon, on the other hand, far away. A horizon that is not only a geographical line, a limit, but it’s the set of our own limitations, of my limitations. I want to go further. And to tell you what I’ll found on the other side.

THE PROJECT

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP.

40.000 MILES \ 360 DAYS \ ONE RACE



Clipper World Race. 
Three words.
A world of water, storm and discovers.

I entered in the Clipper World Race Crew. An ambitious project, eleven months of sailing, the entire circumnavigation of the planet within the only regatta for non professionals, touching the five continents, organized by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first yachtsman who circumnavigate the world, alone, without stops, in 1969.

An adventure that will make me cover 40.000 miles, racing within a 12 ships-fleet, crossing two times the equator, facing 65 knots-fast winds, with temperatures from below zero to 40 degrees. An adventure on board of a 70feet long Clipper, with other 21 travel companions. I know that during navigation I’ll have to deal with strain, with the desire to go back home, with the wish to stop to rolling of waves. I know what I am going to face, and it’s what I dream. I want to do it because I want to learn, to keep discovering, to come back and have a story to tell about what’s on the other side. I want to be able to tell what it feels like to be in the middle of the Atlantic’s waves, what do you see from water, rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

All this it’s on you, on your generosity and curiosity to get a story in return.

THE BOOK

Seayonara will become a handy manual of the sea for those who, like me, are not skilled seaman but are moved by a strong passion.

I work in visual communication, for me to visualize other people’s thoughts is spontaneous.
I want to put all on a side, for a moment, and try to work on something strongly personal, something that will end up on paper, back on white, something to leave to future generations, in the form of a diary. All the material I’ll collect will create SEAYONARA, a manual written by a boy with the desire to go far away, by sea, to keep looking for something else, to tell what’s on the other side. This will be an editorial product for enthusiastics, for beginners, for graphic designers, for any other designer, for who share and love travelling, adventure stories.

THE PERKS

SHIP’S BOY — 1 €

Thank you for you support.
You'll receive a personal thank you e-mail once seayonara is
successfully funded and yes your name will be written
inside the book.

TRIMMER — 10 €

You will receive a postcard from my
journey across the world.
+ your name will be written inside the book.

GRINDER — 25 €

You will receive a sea you soon silk printed t-shirt.
+ your name will be written inside the book.

BOWMAN — 35 €

You will receive a sea you soon signed poster
+ your name will be written inside the book.

HELMSMAN — 50 €

You will receive one printed copy of the book
(approximately published at the end of 2016) with a written
personal dedication on it.
+ your name will be written inside the book.

WATCHMAN — 80 €

You will receive one printed copy of the book
(approximately published at the end of 2016) with
a written personal dedication on it.
+ a sea you soon signed poster
+ your name will be written inside the book.

OWNER — 130 €

You will receive a gift pack of the book with a personal
written dedication
+ a sea you soon signed poster
+ a sea you soon t shirt
+ 5 snapshots from my journey
+ your name will be written inside the book.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE — 500 € (only 5 backers)

You have the opportunity to send me a letter (promise not
to read it), that I will put inside a bottle and drop
it into the ocean. Someone, someday, might find it...
+ a sea you soon signed poster + a sea you soon t shirt
+ 5 snapshots from my journey
+ your name will be written inside the book.

OCEAN IN A BOTTLE — 1000 € (only 3 backers)

After my return, you will receive a bottle of ocean water,
with a label stating the date and place of the withdrawal.
+ a sea you soon signed poster + a sea you soon t shirt
+ 5 snapshots from my journey
+ your name will be written inside the book.

WORLD IN A BOTTLE — 2500 € (only 1 backer)

After my return, you will receive a bottle of ocean water for
every ocean I've been to and a bottle of ground for
every continent I've been to.
+ a sea you soon signed poster
+ a sea you soon t shirt
+ 5 snapshots from my journey
+ your name will be written inside the book.

ABOUT ME

When I was young my grandpa
told me that the ocean is a really
huge place, with flying fishes.


For me that was something completely amazing, like a fairy tale. Fishes able to fly. Whoa.
Now, I’m getting older. I know about that fishes, and I know that, unfortunately, not everything in this world is like a fairy tale. But, if you believe in your way, you can turn it better.
I’m a graphic designer, I work with my friends in Turin in a graphic design collective called Boumaka. I go to sail every time I can: with strong wind wind, or with no wind at all. It makes me happy. It makes me free.
I love to play with words and typography, I love the “mamihlapinatapai” meaning, I love colours and I love reading the names of remote places on old maps.