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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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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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walk1000miles For Charity

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Lots of other participants use their walk1000miles challenge to collect and donate for a specific charity. All the funds coming in for my miles walked in 2017 I will donate to the children’s cancer ward at the UKE in Hamburg. In 2017 I aim to walk (or run) a total of at least 1000 miles. Some background information on this walk1000miles challenge and my reasons for doing it I have talked about in a previous […]

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Kids Research Microplastics In Mussels

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Is it true that microplastics in mussels will harm humans? To answer this and a few other question, a small team of very young researchers entered a nationwide contest. Their topic won them a five day research trip on ALDEBARAN, a professional research sailing yacht. In summer 2017, my eldest daughter will move from primary school to grammar school. She very well knows which grammar school she wants to attend (and, luckily, we agree). I […]

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Outwell Montana 6P, My Outdoor Castle

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I could live in there permanently. Sell the house, move in, enjoy fresh air all year round (ok, including a backup for very cold winter nights). Our Outwell Montana 6P is a fantastic tent for a long term holiday, or something even longer than that. Five years ago some friends showed off their newly purchased tent. It was huge, looked like a UFO and had the entire family in a camping craze. We were still […]

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Outwell Montana 6 Front Extension For Sale

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It is the best add-on we have bought for our Outwell Montana 6P, and now it is up for sale after just three weeks of usage. Why? Because I bought the wrong one! This front extension is intended to be used with a Montana 6, not a Montana 6P. This spring we decided to extend our voluminous and large tent Outwell Montana 6P by a so-called front extension. This front extension is something I love […]

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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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Baltic Sea Calling

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Some call it pond, for others it is already an ocean. Quite a lot of folks hardly know where exactly it is, and some sailors never even dream of leaving its sailing grounds. The Baltic Sea can be described in many ways, some of them are “gorgeous, diversified, underestimated”. As for me: I love it. The Baltic Sea is the largest brackish inland sea on the planet, covering 412.500 square kilometres. The deepest you could […]

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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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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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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 […]