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Why Have I Bought A Pogo 2 (732 mini doc)?

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“Hubert, seriously, why have you bought a Mini? Why a Pogo 2? What is the big plan behind it all?” Those must have been the questions I got asked most in the last two years. Yes, it was – for German standards – probably quite unusual to buy a boat and immediately hand it over to a young lady. And not for simply sailing, but rather for completing the Mini Transat. However, here are some […]

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walk1000miles – Donations For Children’s Cancer Ward

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It took a fair bit longer than initially anticipated, but just before year-end it was all over. On 27.Dec., I completed mile no. 1000 of my charity walk for the children’s cancer ward of the UKE. Quite a few donations came in, a wonderful purchase is on its way – however, a brief recap first. Some figures first 1.000 miles are roughly 1.609 kilometres, which is 1.609.000 metres. My watch, specifically bought for this walk1000miles […]

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Mini Transat 2017 – Budget And Other Stats

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Initially, I had not planned to repeat my Mini Transat Budget Questionnaire from two years ago. However, sometimes you need to kick your plans out of the window and do what your heart tells you to. So here we go. This time I managed to be there – at the start of the Mini Transat 2017. It was, funnily enough and you will definitely shake your head now, also the first time I set foot […]

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Goal Reached – Dream Fulfilled

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A few weeks have passed since Lina Rixgens has fulfilled her year-long dream, to complete the Mini Transat. This article is my final one about this amazing lady and her project. When looking and reading older articles about Lina’s project, it still feels like yesterday when it all started. She has gone a long way, and she’s done it! The first leg of the Mini Transat brought her some challenges. The second leg was lots […]

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Arrived: Lina Has Completed The Mini Transat

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Lina Rixgens has completed the Mini Transat! She crossed the finishing line on Sunday afternoon. And now, I guess, very big compliments and an even bigger party are due. This is going to be a very short post… She’s done it. Lina has completed the Mini Transat. Her big dream, THE objective and goal of the last years has been achieved. Congratulations Lina, absolutely well done, this is a fantastic achievement!!

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Less Than 100 Miles For My walk1000miles Challenge

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My walk1000miles challenge is nearing its end. Not rapidly, but I’m getting there. And now I am down to a two digit number of still remaining miles. When I thought about and started this walk1000miles challenge at the beginning of the year, it had sounded “quite ok” for being a challenge. Back then, I guessed that the main challenge would not be the physical, but rather the time management part. How right I had been […]

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Walk Up The Mast During A Regatta

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The Mini Transat quite regularly produces the most amazing stories of tragedy, glory, records and new-born heroes. One thing you don’t want to do, whatever your objective, is to walk up the mast during a regatta. Andreas Deubel had no other chance but do it – on day two. Well, I am sure by now you have heard about the Mini Transat. It is a single handed regatta across the Atlantic – in sailing boats […]

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Lina Living Her Sailing Dream

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Right now, Lina is in the very middle of her sailing dream. On 01. October, the Mini Transat 2017 has started and Lina Rixgens was one of 81 Mini sailors at the starting line. I needed a couple of days after the start of the Mini Transat to sit down and write this article. Never had I been to a race start like this one. Even though I was a spectator only, I was emotionally […]

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Final Sponsoring Mini Transat Campaign Lina Rixgens

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In a recent post I wrote about Lina and how she is now so close to fulfilling her very big dream: to participate in the Mini Transat. She has been confirmed as a starter, and today I learned that she might miss out due to running out of budget. The Mini Transat had initially been designed as an alternative to the rich men’s regattas. Small, seaworthy boats, racing across the Atlantic. Lots of improvements by […]

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500 Miles Completed, Half Way Done

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Major milestone completed today. Yes, 500 miles on the clock, first half done. As written in my last walk1000miles newsletter, I am slightly behind my planned schedule, but going strong to be ahead of it all in a short while. In the meantime: a tiny celebration for the 500 miles achievement. I am not really a person looking back too often, my strength is the way forward. Still, when checking out the walking and hiking […]

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Lina Will Sail The Mini Transat

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Finally, the wait is over. Lina Rixgens will sail the Mini Transat. She has captured a place in the starting line-up of the toughest Classe Mini regatta, starting on 01. October 2017. When Lina sent me the screenshot here I had to read it twice to get to the really important part. It is just a tiny note, a message hidden in a longer text. And yet, I can hardly describe the relief I felt […]

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Safety On Board 732 mini doc

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The Classe Mini has done a lot to improve safety on board their minis. Sailing and racing on the Atlantic has become less lethal by the year. The list of safety measures on board a mini is quite extensive. Have a look! Ever since the first boats of Classe Mini have started sailing, quite a few sailors have lost their life. Especially in the early Classe Mini days. No big surprise, really. They are tiny […]

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My Organisational Challenge With walk1000miles

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1.000 miles – 1.609 kilometres. That’s the distance I want to walk or run in 2017. However, one or the other restriction is supposed to make it a bit more difficult, hence my organisational challenge. It is not supposed to be too easy to accomplish, this is a charity event (or project) and my supporters want to have some fun for their money (meaning: see me struggling). Ok, it is not that bad. Not really. […]

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Basics On Microplastics In Oceans

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Whenever I have read up on the topic of waste in oceans recently, I usually found a reference to microplastics in oceans as well. I kind of knew what it was all about. At the same time, I always felt I had no idea. Here are answers to some basic question regarding microplastics in oceans. Have you ever wondered what microplastics really are? Where they can be found? And why we should worry about them? […]

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Andreas Deubel’s Mini Transat Campaign

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Andreas Deubel will complete his Mini Transat campaign in 2017. Oh no, not another brief portrait of a Classe Mini sailor… I can assure you: it is not. I have briefly talked to Andreas and we have exchanged lengthy emails. Why am I writing about him? Because his background and especially his challenges are just so very close to my very own. Just to clarify this upfront: “close to my own challenges” does not mean […]