Life is full of twists and turns, and recently I understood that I needed to get back into sailing. The Sea is my soul-saver, and sailing is my gentle caress for that saviour. There is one major thing which I’ve learnt from my one-year sailing abstinence. Sounds dramatic, which it is not supposed to, and it is just a simple line: If there is a fire (or even a tiny flame) burning deep inside your […]
Two ladies are not happy right now, their search for an aluminium / steel sailing yacht is going round in circles. They sold their previous boat, Luna, a reliable and very well maintained Van de Stadt Orca, because they wanted to sail a slightly larger yacht. However, with their future destinations and general requirements in mind this is a bit tricky, seemingly. The Past: Scotland, North Norway, Shetlands, White Sea, Franz-Josef-Land, Greenland In the past, […]
You might know this one here: Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end. If you start researching who might have said that first, you will stumble upon famous names like Oscar Wilde, John Lennon, Fernando Sabino or Paulo Coelho. Fact is: I don’t care who came up with that quote, but I like it nonetheless.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last week, the German Offshore Youth Award has been handed over. Lina Rixgens had received an invitation for that very official looking ceremony – and won. Lina has sailed my boat, mini doc, all of last year to qualify for the Mini Transat. She took part in various regattas, sailed in winds up to 8 Bft. and in addition to that she also continued with her medical studies. This year she will have a break […]
crazy4sailing is not something I have made up (although I clearly am crazy for it). It is a wonderful combination of a couple of words. It is a state of mind. It is the problem of many spouses. And it is a pretty cool brand. Quite a while ago I have published a post on “Why do you like sailing“? This article has created lots of amazing responses, be it in the comments, emails sent […]