Nordseewoche 2015

Nordseewoche 2015

Nordseewoche 2015. After a two year break we spontaneously decided to join Germany’s only offshore regatta in the North Sea – even though previous races had been dominated by unpredictable weather conditions with thick fog and dead calm determining the grib data. We had a feeling this year would be different. After a relaxed transfer through the NOK – always a beautiful sightseeing tour, especially with good weather – we took off towards Cuxhaven. From there we joined the feeder regatta to Helgoland at the crack of dawn on Saturday. Despite a starting…continue reading →
Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Well, we didn’t actually get to see any pirates, even though the odd Boatboy could have passed for one, but a few of the locations the movie was filmed were on the list of the Windward Tour this winter. Thank God the Caribbean is more blessing than curse for sailors these days. By the way, “Boatboys” are a particularly annoying phenomenon found in the English-speaking, more or less poor Windward Islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada. Well, poor at least in comparison to Martinique, which belongs to the EU.…continue reading →
Training tours

Training tours

This summer, Join the Crew (JTC) headed to Greece to host several training tours. Our spring session began with two groups of young people wanting to improve their knowledge of ships, wind and waves. Since participants already demonstrated a certain level of knowledge – some had sport boat licenses or even the sport coastal ship-license – we were able to skip the introductory material and jump right into our training program, which included hard skills such as handling the ship under sails on the water or under power in the harbor. One of…continue reading →
Sailing Malta

Sailing Malta

Two weeks ago we set off for another (perhaps last?) sailing trip this year to the Mediterranean on invitation from Sailing Island, to test one of their Pogos by Malta – maybe we can collaborate next season… The Pogo 40 is a class 40 yacht, upgraded to a racer/cruiser. It is more of a racer though, since there are no doors, only curtains, no stern shower, practically no storage space and no bilge. BUT there is a squarehead-mainsail, water ballast, central navigation station, dual rudder, tiller steering, and retractable genakerboom. All in all…continue reading →
Summer tour

Summer tour

Sun, 25° air, 22° water, Oslo 2014. That’s right – the sea on the threshold of Norway’s capital beckoned swimmers from dawn to dusk this year. A high-pressure system from the Azores had made its way all the way to Scandinavia pushing back the low-pressure system from Iceland and didn’t have plans to move any time soon. The conditions couldn’t get any better for the start of our tour cruising up north… well, actually, they did. The winds were so perfect that we practically surfed through the water from Kiel to Abelo (120…continue reading →
‘HanseSail’ – off to Rostock

‘HanseSail’ – off to Rostock

As in past years, tall ships from all over gathered in Rostock on the second weekend in August for the HanseSail Event. The Kruzenstern and the Sedov were there from Russia, Stand Amsterdam from Holland, the Gorch Fock and of course a number of the tall ships that usually sail the Baltic Sea. For us, all the more reason to take a short break from our Mediterranean excursions and come back to Rostock for the first time in two years. This time is wasn’t on Pippilotta, the tall ship I learned to sail…continue reading →
Sailing Croatia

Sailing Croatia

The last four weeks took Join the Crew to central Dalmatia. Our trip started in Trogir, with its narrow winding streets and beautiful Old Town, from which I didn’t get to see much of since each Saturday we were on land, in our day was jam-packed with greeting new crew and skippers, organizing the shopping for provisions, check-in and planning the upcoming weeks’ tour. At least we had time to enjoy a relaxed dinner and a cocktail or two in some of Trogir’s numerous bars. Saturday evening we cast off with the new…continue reading →
Review to ‘Kieler Woche 2014’

Review to ‘Kieler Woche 2014’

London callin’ – that could be the Motto of Kieler Woche EVERY year, considering the weather conditions of the world’s biggest sailing event. Like every year, sun, wind and rain were constantly in the mix, which fortunately didn’t hamper the start of the Welcome Race – what a great way to kick off the Kieler Woche! We had absolute best Nordic sailing conditions with wind speeds of 5-7 Beaufort. This year, in addition to the traditional ORC-Rating, the races from Saturday to Wednesday were included in the IDM-Rating, which led to the classes…continue reading →
Sailing in Greece = Chaos + Silence

Sailing in Greece = Chaos + Silence

Irgendwie unterscheidet sich Griechenland von allen anderen Segelrevieren im europäischen Mittelmeerraum, auch oder vor allem die Mentalität der Griechen ist anders, manchmal kommt man sich vor wie auf einem Basar im Orient, wo um alles gefeilscht wird, sei es im Restaurant um den Preis für das Menü zum Abendessen oder mit dem Vercharterer, ob man denn noch neue, ordentlich funktionierende Lautsprecher bekommt oder es noch eine Woche mit den Alten aushalten muss. Aber genau diese Sachen machen für mich auch den Charme Griechenlands aus, auch wenn es manchmal anstregend ist. Aber wenn man…continue reading →
Greece – Skippertraining

Greece – Skippertraining

'Ein Meltemi - trocken und kühl bitte!' Nein, es handelt sich hierbei nicht um eine griechische Spezialität in flüssiger Form. Der Meltemi weht für Segler adäquat in den Sommermonaten von Mai bis Oktober aus Nordwest, Nord und Nordost. Er bringt stets heiteres Wetter mit sich und sorgt für gute und klare Sicht. Zusammen mit den überfüllten Häfen, die im Saronischen Golf keine Seltenheit sind, sind dies wunderbare Voraussetzungen für Manövertrainings. Somit gab es also genügend Gründe für uns die Reise nach Athen für "Join the Crew" anzutreten. Unser Job war es anderen Segelbegeisterten…continue reading →
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