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Getting Back Into Sailing

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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 […]

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Looking For Aluminium / Steel Sailing Yacht

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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, […]

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It Is Not The End, Yet

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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.

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All You Need To Know About Celestial Navigation

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When thinking about celestial navigation, the very first thing coming to my mind is a sextant. There is, however, a whole lot more to it than just that. Viki Moore has put together an awesome series of articles on everything related to celestial navigation. Viki wants to sail around the world. If there is one sailor qualified to do so, then it is her. She has more nautical miles in her sailing books than most […]

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Your Chance: Sailing On A Pogo 2

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Have you ever dreamt of a pretty cool ride on an even cooler sailing boat? This is your chance: get onto a Classe Mini sailing yacht (Pogo 2) and race on the Atlantic. Lina Rixgens will take you out for a day you won’t forget. No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced sailor, this is a great chance for something unusual. Spend a day on Classe Mini “732 mini doc” and see […]

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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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Zero Emission Sailing Around The World

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What a trip! Sailing around the world is one thing, nothing unusual for a couple of young chaps. The more than amazing element is that their sailing boat has not used a single drop of fuel. They were running on zero emission. Including cruising the 40 nautical miles along the Panama Canal. How did they do it? The four guys from the Eco Sailing Project first had an idea, which turned into a plan, which […]

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Any Young Sailors Around?

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No, I am not trying to set up a talent pool for the next generation of America’s Cup sailors. What kept the question of “any young sailors around” in my head was my own experience from ex- membership in two sailing clubs, as well as friends’ experiences from their clubs. A recent article by Judith brought this topic back to the surface and has led me to ask some folks all around the world what […]

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Three Weeks Sailing In Denmark’s Beauty

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The Danish South Sea, or Southern Fyn Archipelago, is one of my absolute favourite spots for sailing in Denmark. I have sailed and explored those waters on boats ranging from 18 to 44 feet. And I am always more than happy to read other sailors’ stories and experiences. One of them is Øyvind Hansen, a Norwegian living in Denmark. Here is a summary of his sailing tour on board S/Y Ramsalt, a Beneteau Oceanis 373 […]

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Being Seasick Is… Yuck!

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Have you ever been seasick? I mean, really really seasick? It happened to me once, and I can assure you I do not need a second round of that. Here is some background and advice on seasickness, how to avoid it and how to deal with it. It was the second night of our 230 nm nonstop sailing trip from Flensburg to Gothenburg on a 44ft yacht. My watch ended at 22:00h, next one to […]

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Why Do You Like Sailing?

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Sometimes a question gets fired into your comfort zone, and the first idea of an answer is something like “That’s easy, because… ehm… it’s obvious!” That’s what’s happened recently when a friend posed a very simple question. “Why do you like sailing?” So, what is it about that sailing business? Apart from a perfect chance to get rid of as much money as you can afford – and sometimes even a lot more than that […]

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Cruising With Kids

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Sailing around the world, kids on board, having the time of your life. Really? One who certainly knows is amazing Dini Martinez, s/v Happy Dancer. Enjoy her wonderful, inspiring and encouraging article. We’ve been living aboard Happy Dancer, our Moody 425 centre cockpit sturdy sailing boat for over eight months now. We, that’s me, a 30 year old yogini from down under, a 34 year old Argentinean accountant aka Papa, and our 3.5 and 1.5 […]

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Nothing But Fun Sailing A Dehler 31

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On a sunny afternoon in May 2014 it got a little crowded in a Dehler 31’s cockpit. That was, however, exactly what we had in mind. It was the start of a wonderful sailing week in the Danish South Sea. The idea was quite simple: Two days of getting to know the boat, family sailing and relaxing on the water. Then reducing crew size and heading off to adorable Danish islands, enjoying some brilliant sailing […]

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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, […]