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Hansajolle – Back To The Roots

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I have sailed on quite a few different types of dinghies. Now a planned tour with a Hansajolle on the river Elbe had me wondering whether this really was a good idea. The Elbe can be quite nasty, especially when tide runs against wind. The Hansajolle, however, had been planned and constructed with those challenging conditions in mind. With “back to the roots” I don’t really want to imply that sailing on very old or […]

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Come On, Rainbow Pirates, Keep On Going!

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The “Rainbow Pirates“ had quite a crazy day way back at the beginning of March. The result: a 2.050,- € donation! Another great step for the team of “Meer bewegen”. They can now continue their challenging task of getting disabled folks out onto the water and sailing. “Pirate Party” sounds like a lot of fun, and it was indeed for dozens of kids and their parents. The team of “Meer bewegen” (the Rainbow Pirates) also […]

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Three Optimists Extend Rainbow Pirates Fleet

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Third time lucky? It is rather a case of lucky to the power of three – on the very first try. The team of “Meer bewegen” were on cloud nine when they received the news that they had been granted a donation of three new Optimists. They are an extension to their fleet of barrier-free sailing boats. The IMMAC Sailing Academy regularly sponsors training and development of young sailors. One way they are doing this […]

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Rainbow Pirates Sailing Dinghy With Disability Kit

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By accident I literally stumbled over the team of “Meer bewegen” during this year’s Hanseboot. The team’s ambition is to get people with and without disability to go sailing together. They have equipped an ordinary dinghy with a kit especially designed for disability. With that they are roaming the waters on the Wittensee in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. Sometimes little accidents turn out to be a positive event after all. While staring at a rather unusual […]

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Dinghy Cruiser Weekend Havel Lakes

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When spending time sailing an old “15er Jollenkreuzer” (wooden dinghy cruiser, P-Boot), you can very easily forget the noisy and fast living high-tech world. Especially in a beautiful setting like the Havel Lakes. What is it that makes sailing in an old, wooden boat such a pleasure and joy? Maybe its history, being older than the sailor itself. Or the material it is made of, wood, a renewable resource that has been used for centuries. […]

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Long Weekend With A Varianta 18

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Wind almost perfect, lots of sunshine, good company and excellent food. There is hardly anything else you can ask for when sailing a Varianta 18 in the Lübecker Bucht (Luebeck Bight) for a very long weekend. How is that for starting a sailing weekend: air temperature 28° C, wind 2 bft, blue sky, and the forecast not seeing any major change coming. The only unknown for us (two chaps) was the boat, a Varianta 18, […]

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In Danish Waters With My FAM

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A couple of days sailing in Denmark can make such a difference. And being on a tiny Gruben FAM while cruising the mighty seas of this planet automatically brings a major danger along with it: You could get addicted to this kind of sailing. Capriole had been my sailing boat (well, enlargened dinghy) for three years already before I went on this trip along the beautiful Danish island of Als, near the fjord of Flensburg. […]