Sailing & Surf Paradise: Exploring the Southern Charms of Puerto Rico

Von |2024-02-20T13:23:55+01:00Februar 18th, 2024|Kategorien: Atlantic Crossing, Boatlife, Nautor’s Swan, Puerto Rico, Sailing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Embarking on a nautical journey in the south of Puerto Rico unveils a world where the waves become your dance partners! Rincon's Serenade of Surf and Sun: Rincon, known for its mesmerizing waves, attracts sailors seeking the perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. As a sailing enthusiast, navigating through the crystalline waters surrounding Rincon feels like choreography with the ocean's rhythmic dance. The vibrant surf culture adds a unique charm to this coastal gem, making it an ideal destination for those craving a connection with both nature and the thrill of the sea. Don’t miss the LIGHTHOUSE | Surrounding the Faro de Punta Higuero (Rincón's lighthouse), Parque Pasivo El Faro has small kiosks at the water's edge. If you're lucky, you may spot a whale in the distance. Exploring Ponce – Carnival, History, and Beyond: Ponce has a yesteryear charm and an increasingly cosmopolitan vibe! Dive into the vibrant chaos of the Ponce Carnival, a lively celebration that unfolds with colorful parades, music, and a jubilant atmosphere. Ponce's vejigante masks are made of lapermâché and are most prominent during the February carnival. Many have tican and Native American elements. Sailing into Ponce provides a unique perspective, allowing you to witness the festivities from the tranquil waters, creating a memorable contrast to the lively streets. Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club: For sailors seeking a haven off the coast, the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club is a maritime sanctuary. Nestled in a picturesque setting, this club offers not just a dock for your vessel but a community where fellow sailors share tales of the sea. Enjoy the camaraderie, facilities, and perhaps even participate in local regattas for an added dash of competitive spirit. From food trucks to farm-to-table restaurants to simple roadside stands, the southwest has great dining and snacking options. Sample [...]

Sailing Serenity: Exploring the Unspoiled Beauty of Isla de Vieques

Von |2024-02-13T15:13:20+01:00Februar 13th, 2024|Kategorien: Puerto Rico, Sailing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Looking for a place to play Robinson Crusoe? Well, here you can wander along almost any stretch of sand and rarely see another soul. As you sail along the pristine coastline, the allure of secluded beaches and untouched landscapes welcomes you to a world of tranquility. For decades, Vieques grappled with a tumultuous history, marked by a clash between islanders and distant federal authorities. Two-thirds of the island's expanse, predominantly on the eastern end, served as a U.S. Navy bombing range, while the western tip functioned as an ammunition dump. The aftermath of a tragic bombing incident in April 1999 sparked widespread protests, eventually leading to the military's departure on May 1, 2003. Paradoxically, the military presence inadvertently shielded Vieques from rampant resort development. Today, the former naval grounds have transformed into the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. The woodsy western end boasts cycling trails, offering a scenic ride around Monte Pirata, the island's highest peak. Year by year, more of the eastern region opens up, granting access to breathtaking beaches that gently slope into the calm embrace of turquoise waters. One of the refuge's highlights is Puerto Mosquito, a bay shaped like a flask inhabited by bioluminescent microorganisms. Kayakers can revel in the enchanting spectacle of glowing waters at night, creating a mesmerizing experience amidst nature's wonders. Sailing the turquoise waters around Vieques, Puerto Rico, with a light breeze, savoring lobster delights, and celebrating 35 years of cherished friendship with Angela Barzen 💋 As you sail around Vieques, the endless palms lining the shore stand testament to the island's pristine allure. The absence of resort developers, coupled with the protection afforded by the wildlife refuge, ensures an untouched paradise for those seeking solace on the high seas. In the embrace of Isla de Vieques, the echoes of a tumultuous past [...]

Setting sail for Culebra and Culebrita, the jewels of the Spanish Virgin Islands

Von |2024-02-04T11:56:29+01:00Februar 3rd, 2024|Kategorien: Sailing|

Located just to the west of the USVI and BVI, the islands of Vieques, Culebra, and Culebrita dominate the Spanish Virgin Islands cruising grounds. You’ll find all sorts of habitats including mangroves, rocky coastlines, vibrant coral, and gorgeous caribbean sandy beaches. Top highlights include hiking to the lighthouse on Culebrita, swimming, visiting the notorious target practice tanks on stunning Flamenco Beach (or Playa Flamenco) at Culebra, and witnessing the bioluminescence at Mosquito Bay. Lighthouse As we made our way around the east end of Culebra, the island of Culebrita came into view. We headed over to Culebrita, and we anchored Ambra in turquoise water near the Culebrita Lighthouse. Drone view The lighthouse is the only remaining Spanish-era structure in the Culebra archipelago. Construction of the lighthouse began on September 25, 1882, and was completed on February 25, 1886. The Spanish Crown built the lighthouse to help secure its claim over the main island of Culebra. We set off on a 15-minuted hike that afforded some amazing views. We spent a long while up at the lighthouse, and we got some beautiful photos. Savoring a serene dinner aboard Ambra as the Caribbean sun dips below the horizon. Under the moonlit sky, giant fishes gracefully dance around our boat, adding a touch of enchantment to our nautical journey. Join us, where waves tell tales of the past, and every shore promises tranquility. Back to boat life, where the gentle sway of our Swan 48 becomes the rhythm of our days. Embracing the serenity of living aboard, the sea becomes our home once again.


Von |2024-01-31T15:35:04+01:00Januar 31st, 2024|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , |

La Terraza di San Juan Boutique Hotel, a lovely place to discover the city! Old San Juan is Puerto Rico's quintessential colonial neigh-borhood. Narrow streets and plazas are still enclosed by thick fortress walls, and bougainvillea bowers spill over exquisite facades. A walk along streets paved with slate-blue cobblestones leads past colonial mansions, ancient churches, and intriguing museums and galleries. Vivacious restaurants and bars that teem with life young and old are always nearby, making it easy to refuel and reinvigorate anytime during your stroll. Vibrant hues and lively spirit paint the canvas of life in Puerto Rico, where every moment is a celebration of color and culture. San Juan’s vibrant charm stole our hearts! Highly recommend this lively destination. Excitement builds as Captain Torsten sails our way, arriving tonight with Anke in tow.

Ahoy, fellow sailing enthusiasts – Embrace the winds of change !

Von |2023-11-03T07:04:30+01:00November 3rd, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Enhance your brand's presence in the world of sailing! Today, we're going to set our course towards the fascinating world of influencer marketing and explore how it can benefit the sailing industry. So, hoist the sails and get ready for my deep dive into the advantages of influencer marketing. 1. Mass Reach: One of the most compelling advantages of influencer marketing is the massive audience reach it offers. Influencers typically boast a substantial following, which can be an invaluable channel to promote sailing-related products and services. Whether it's high-performance sailboats, innovative marine equipment, or sailing apparel, influencers can swiftly connect your brand with their extensive and engaged followers. 2. Relevance: The sailing community is all about authenticity, and influencer marketing thrives on just that. Followers genuinely choose to connect with influencers, making their product endorsements feel like a seamless addition to their personal preferences. When an influencer effectively promotes a sailing brand, it becomes an integral part of their followers' sailing world. 3. Trust: Building trust is a cornerstone of any successful brand, and influencers are no exception. These social media stars have invested time, effort, and dedication into crafting their own unique brand. Just like sailing brands strive to establish trust with their customers, influencers have earned the trust and loyalty of their followers. This trust can be seamlessly transferred to your sailing products or services when you partner with influencers. 4. Trendsetting: Influencers are trendsetters in their own right, and their followers look up to them as style and lifestyle icons. They influence not only the products their followers buy but also the experiences they seek. By partnering with influencers in the sailing industry, you can tap into their trendsetting abilities and present your brand as the epitome of what's in vogue on the open waters. 5. Clear [...]

Water Generators: Harnessing the Power of the Sea

Von |2023-10-19T12:52:50+02:00Oktober 15th, 2023|Kategorien: Energy Management, Hydro Generator, Sailing|Tags: , |

Introduction Sailing enthusiasts, imagine powering your vessel with the very essence of your environment – the sea itself. Water generators, like the groundbreaking Watt&Sea system, do just that. In this post, we delve deep into the world of water generators, uncovering their efficiency, minimal maintenance requirements, and unobtrusive operation. Let's set sail into a greener future! Efficiency on the Move One of the most remarkable features of water generators is their ability to generate electricity as your vessel sails. These innovative systems harness the energy produced by the movement of water against their adjustable blades. This unique characteristic makes them highly efficient, especially during passages and while cruising. As you navigate the waves, Watt&Sea quietly transforms water's kinetic energy into a renewable power source. Quiet and Unobtrusive Much like wind generators, water generators operate with a hushed grace that doesn't disturb the tranquility of your sailing experience. Imagine gliding across the water, listening to the soothing sounds of the sea, without the disruptive hum of traditional generators. Watt&Sea's commitment to preserving the serenity of your voyage is truly remarkable. Minimal Maintenance For sailors, the journey is everything. Water generators enhance this experience by requiring minimal maintenance. This means you can focus on your adventure, not on energy management. However, it's important to look after your propellers and carry spare units, especially if you plan on crossing seaweed-heavy waters, as we did during our Atlantic journey towards the Caribbean. Watt&Sea stands out as a trusted hydrogen supplier, offering both 300 Watt and 600 Watt systems with varying shaft lengths. These systems are designed to be fixed at the transom of your boat, weighing between 8 to 9 kilograms depending on the shaft length. They are compatible with 12 and 24 Volt systems. Remember to disconnect the hydrogenerator when your [...]

Electric hybrid and propulsion systems for sailing vessels

Von |2023-10-17T10:57:13+02:00Oktober 15th, 2023|Kategorien: Electric Propulsion, Sailing|Tags: |

Electric hybrid and propulsion systems for sailing vessels, such as those offered by companies like Oceanvolt (website:, are innovative technologies designed to revolutionize the way sailing vessels operate. These systems combine traditional sail power with cutting-edge electric propulsion technology, resulting in a more sustainable, efficient, and eco-friendly sailing experience. Here's a closer look at how these systems work and their key components: 1.Electric Propulsion System: Electric propulsion systems are the heart of the setup. They consist of electric motors and controllers that replace or complement the traditional diesel engines found in sailing vessels. These motors are powered by batteries and have several advantages, including quiet operation, reduced emissions, and instant torque for enhanced maneuverability. Today you find shaft drive systems or pod drive systems. The new 48V pod drive system, combine a sail drive unit and hydrogenerator. The pod drive can control the pitch of the propeller blades to optimize the angle for ultimate efficiency in both propulsion and electricity generation. Today a propeller on a sailing yacht is only foldable to offer less resistance while sailing. 2. Battery Bank: The power source for electric propulsion is a battery bank. These batteries store electrical energy, typically from renewable sources like the hydrogenerator, solar panels or wind turbines. The stored energy is then used to drive the electric motors, providing the vessel with the necessary power for propulsion. 3. Regeneration: One of the key features of these systems is their ability to regenerate power. When the sails are capturing wind energy efficiently, excess energy can be redirected to recharge the batteries. This regenerative feature extends the vessel's range and reduces overall energy consumption. 4. Hybrid Capabilities: Electric hybrid systems often offer a hybrid mode, allowing sailors to switch between electric and traditional propulsion as needed. This flexibility ensures reliability and [...]

10 years of sailing a Hallberg Rassy 43 and a Swan 48. A letter to my captain!

Von |2023-09-23T07:18:54+02:00September 23rd, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Hallberg Rassy 43 Victoria Amorgos Greece 10 years living part time on board Dear Husband and Captain Torsten, I can hardly believe it's been ten years since that memorable day when you acquired your beloved sailing yacht, a Hallberg Rassy 43 named Victoria. It feels like just yesterday when we embarked on this incredible journey together. The adventures we've shared aboard Victoria are etched in my heart forever. Sailing from the serene Baltic Sea to the vibrant shores of Turkey was a dream come true. The memories of those azure waters, starlit nights, and the joyous laughter we shared on deck are treasures that time can never fade. Victoria, with her graceful lines and steadfast presence, became more than a vessel; she was our sanctuary and companion on the open sea. The countless sunsets we witnessed, the tranquil anchorages we discovered, and the warm hospitality we received in distant ports all became a part of our story. In 2019, we made the bittersweet decision to part with Victoria, selling her in Greece. While it was a difficult farewell to a faithful friend, it marked the beginning of a new chapter in our sailing adventures. Now, we find ourselves sailing our lovely Swan 48 named Ambra in the Caribbean. The turquoise waters and balmy breezes of this tropical paradise have brought a fresh dose of excitement and serenity to our lives. Ambra, like Victoria, has become our trusted companion in exploring the beauty of the world by sea. As I reflect on these past ten years, I am grateful for the journey we've taken, the vessels that have carried us, and the unwavering bond we share. Here's to another decade of thrilling voyages, tranquil moments, and new horizons, all aboard our beloved Ambra. May the wind always fill her sails, and [...]

Swan Magazine

Von |2023-09-16T12:59:45+02:00September 16th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Life's most touching surprises often arrive when least expected. We're deeply thankful to Nautor's Swan for documenting our dream journey from Tuscany to the Caribbean in their magazine. Owning a Swan is not just about the boat itself; it’s about Unparalleled Service for Swan Owners Owning a Swan is not just about the boat itself; it's about being part of a community that values excellence and adventure. Nautor's Swan provides an unparalleled level of service and support to their boat owners. 1. Customization: Swan owners have the opportunity to customize their yachts to their exact specifications, ensuring that each boat is a unique reflection of its owner's desires. 2. Maintenance and Repairs: Nautor's Swan offers a global network of service centers staffed by highly trained professionals. This ensures that Swan owners receive top-notch maintenance and repair services wherever they may be sailing. 3. Events and Regattas: Nautor's Swan hosts a range of exclusive events and regattas, allowing Swan owners to connect with fellow enthusiasts and put their boats to the test in friendly competition. 4. Resale Value: Swan yachts are renowned for retaining their value over time. The brand's reputation for quality and performance makes Swan boats highly sought after in the pre-owned market. Conclusion Nautor's Swan stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of sailing. Their iconic sailboat designs, commitment to innovation, and unwavering dedication to providing outstanding service to Swan boat owners make them a true leader in the industry. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or dreaming of your first voyage, Nautor's Swan offers an experience like no other, where elegance and performance come together on the open seas. being part of a community that values excellence and adventure. Nautor's Swan provides an unparalleled level of service and support to their boat owners.

After the Atlantic crossing – what next?

Von |2023-08-09T08:03:58+02:00August 5th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , |

Planning Your Next Move After the Adventure!     Ahoy, fellow sailors!   Let me tell you, crossing the Atlantic was an epic adventure of a lifetime! The excitement was contagious as we left the Mediterranean, sailed down to the Canary Islands, and geared up for the big Atlantic crossing with our trusty boat, Ambra. We were all so stoked and spent hours and hours prepping for the journey – safety checks, communication setups, weather forecasts, you name it!     But you know what made the whole experience even better? The legendary ARC parties every night! Oh boy, we danced, laughed, and made friends for life. It was like one big sailing festival on the high seas!   After we docked in St. Lucia, the partying didn't stop. We had a whole week of celebration with all the other ARC participants. Picture this: a bunch of sailors planning the best spots for Christmas and New Year's Eve Party – we were living the dream!     Now, the big question was, what's next for us salty souls? Some crew members decided one ocean crossing was enough for them. Fair enough, it's not for everyone! But there were those adventure junkies who couldn't get enough and were ready to take on the Pacific like true sailing warriors.     But wait, here's the fun part – most sailors planned the crossing, but the post-Atlantic steps? Not so much. It was like, "Our plan is to have no plan" – until the hurricane season came knocking. Not a great idea, trust me!   Planning the next steps is crucial, and in this blog post, we will explore some options and considerations for sailors after completing the Atlantic crossing.   After our arrival in St. Lucia we had the next party [...]

Superyachten, Savoir-Vivre und unser geklautes Dinghy!

Von |2023-08-09T08:05:23+02:00März 25th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , |

The Bucket Regatta St.Barth is on! Ankerplatz Gustavia am ersten Regatta -Tag! The St Barths Bucket Regatta is an invitational regatta. Participation is offered to cruising yachts whose length is 30.5 meters or greater. Sunset vibes Jedes Jahr im März liefern sich aufsehenerregende Segelyachten bei der Bucket Regatta ein Wettrennen um einen Eimer (vom englischen bucket). Die Bucket-Teilnehmerliste enthielt auch dieses Jahr wieder einige der spektakulärsten Segel-Superyachten aus der ganzen Welt. 20 -25 knots of wind, Perini, Copyright ©️ Biggi Krumm Party on Almyra Darunter auch einige große Schwestern unserer Swan 48 Ambra und die ganz großen italienischen Perini. Was als Spaß-Event an der US-Ostküste begann, wird seit 1995 rund um St. Barth nach dem Vorbild des Segelrennens Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez ausgetragen: eine dreitägige Regatta mit jeder Menge Partys. (By invitation only!) Drinks on Almyra II, a sailing yacht with a length of 49.8 m. The yacht's builder is Perini Navi from Italy! The world's racing elite is in to the port of Gustavia! Swan LOT99 vor meiner Linse … impressive! Wir waren ganz nah dran! Wir sind mit einem schnellen Motorboot auf die riesigen Segelyachten zugefahren, um unsere Instagram Reels zu filmen. Die wunderschönen Yachten kamen uns mit 20 Knoten entgegen, es war ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl… 24 sailing yachts competing in the 2023 St Barths Bucket Regatta Überhaupt meint man hier sowieso man wäre im Hafen von St. Tropez. Feine Restaurants, coole Boutiquen und ganz viel französischer Flair hier in Gustavia. Gustavia heute stark vom französischen Savoir-vivre geprägt. Diskretion ist Ehrensache! Auf dem Globus ist das Eiland nicht einmal zu erkennen, und dennoch trifft sich auf St-Barthélemy – kurz St-Barth genannt – alles, was Rang und Namen hat. Allerdings ohne dass es alle Welt weiss. Denn auf St-Barth regiert das Gebot der Diskretion. Unsere Presse-Einladung erhalten wir [...]

St.Martin and Sint Maarten 5 years after Hurricane Irma

Von |2023-03-17T11:19:37+01:00März 17th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing, Worldcruising|Tags: , , , , , |

Pinel Island St. Martin is known for its half-French, half-Dutch culture, the Sint Maarten – Heineken-Regatta, and its picturesque beaches (with famous views of the planes approaching and leaving the Caribbean island). Anchorage Pinel Grand Case Beach 5 years after Irma and rebuilding is far from being completed. Hurricane Irma struck the island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin on September 6th, 2017. Irma was a category 5 storm with strong winds that reached a peak intensity of 177 mph (285 km/h). Hurricane Irma had a devastating effect on the infrastructure of the island, entire marinas on the French side of Saint Martin were left in ruins due to boats colliding with each other as a result of the strong winds. Approximately 95% of the buildings in Sint Maarten/ Saint Martin were damaged and 60% of those buildings were totally uninhabitable. 5,5 years later and the destruction caused by Irma is still visible. Orient Bay: 5 years after Hurricane Irma and rebuilding is far from being completed. The destruction caused by Irma is still visible…. Don’t miss Pinel Island, a charming small island just a 5-10 minute boat ride from Orient Bay. Clear turquoise water and white sand beach. A slice of heaven! There are two restaurants on the island. We visited Karibuni. You can go for a hike, see iguanas, snorkel and stay the night ⚓️, sometimes some swell coming over the reef. Karibuni Right next to the runway of Saint Martin's airport, there’s Maho Beach. It is right under the flight path of the planes taking off and landing, so they fly extremely low here. When they take off, they expel jet blasts, which can literally blow you away. The Dutch side of St. Maarten generally sees more tourists, thanks to being home to the airport and the place where cruise ships dock. [...]

Catching the Breeze at the
Sint Maarten – Heineken-Regatta

Von |2023-03-16T09:44:13+01:00März 16th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Es war der Knaller und wir waren dabei ! Die 43. Sint Maarten – Heineken-Regatta ist die größte Regatta in der Karibik und zugleich auch die wahrscheinlich größte Warmwasserregatta der Welt. Ich durfte als Bloggerin im Presse-Team dabei sein und auf dem Presseboot sensationell nah an den schnellen Yachten vorbeifahren und war mitten im Geschehen. Mit Greta von When Sailing auf dem Presseboot Torsten konnte mit dem holländischen Racing Team (Ocean Race VO65 Sprint Cup) am 3. Regatta-Tag mit segeln und sogar ans Steuer der gigantischen Yacht. Top speed über 20 Knoten, einmal um die Insel in 3 Stunden! Ein echtes Highlight …. Torsten am Steuer der Jajo Greta im Mast der Jajo Wir hatten so viel Spaß mit Greta und Michael von der ForTuna (Insta: When Sailing) und Ina und David von Kon-Tiki ! Wir haben zusammen gekocht, gefeiert und haben viel über das Leben auf einem Segelboot philosophiert. Frauen Power pur: Greta und Ina besegeln die Welt! Top Sushi Dinner, Dankeschön David und Ina WHAT A RIDE 🔥 Serious fun St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! Mit Jelmer und Team bei der Pressekonferenz This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to experience sailing on the VO65 ocean racer Teamjajo skippered by Jelmer van Beek 👌 Great young #OceanRace team of Jelmer and his powerful female team mix. Top speed over 20kts. Thank you for having us, you are fantastic ! Living „The Long Time Sailing Dream“ is a challenge. It's sometimes frustrating, sometimes infuriating. Sailing involves getting outside your comfort zone, taking chances, taking risks. It isn't always fun. It isn't always relaxing. But it is memorable, and very often life-changing. Winning team You make friends when you travel like we do, when you're thrown together with strangers in a strange land. You learn things about other cultures, and about [...]

Reisen 🆚 Urlaub?
Was ist der Unterschied?

Von |2023-03-12T21:36:05+01:00März 12th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , , , , |

Der erste wirklich große Unterschied ist wohl die Zeit, die man für eine Reise investieren muss. Während ein Urlaub drei Wochen meist nicht überschreitet, segeln manche Globetrotter jahrelang durch die Welt. Intensives Reisen bringt Dich im Gegensatz zu einem erholsamen Urlaub an Deine Grenzen. Wer reist, sollte risikobereit sein. Zu einer langen Reise mit einem Segelschiff gehören auch schlechte Tage, Verzweiflung, Probleme und vielleicht sogar der ein oder andere kleine „Nervenzusammenbruch“ dazu, denn vor allem an diesen intensiven Gefühlen und den damit verbundenen Problemstellungen und deren Lösung kannst Du charakterlich wirklich wachsen. Da eine Reise eben keine „heile Traumwelt“ ist, sondern Dich ständig vor Probleme stellt und Dich dazu zwingt wichtige Dinge zu organisieren, gibt sie Dir ständig die Gelegenheit neue Fähigkeiten zu entwickeln und ein starkes Selbstbewusstsein zu erlangen. Dabei ist es vor allem die Unvorhersehbarkeit – wie sich die Reise entwickelt, welche Route Du genau einschlägst oder welche Herausforderungen der nächste Tag für Dich bereithält, die Deine Zeit auf Reisen zu etwas Besonderem macht an dem Du persönlich wachsen kannst. Wir erleben den Alltag in anderen Ländern und Kulturen hautnah und erleben die Dinge, die auch die Einheimischen täglich tun und können so ein Land sehr intensiv kennenlernen. Das spannende an unserer Reise ist für mich: • Wir lernen und sehen Dinge, von denen wir zuvor nie gehört haben. • Wir verlassen jeden Tag die Komfortzone und machen Dinge, die wir uns vor einem Jahr nie zugetraut hätten. Wir haben in den letzten Monaten ein Erdbeben, ein Seebeben, 2 Vulkanausbrüche und mehrere Stürme erlebt. Wir erfahren jeden Tag viel über die Probleme der Einheimischen auf den karibischen Inseln. Trotz massiven Infrastruktur-Problemen und ständigen Hurrikan-Gefahren sind die Menschen hier übrigens unglaublich gelassen und positiv. Als Reisender lernt man so ganz schnell, sich selbst nicht als „Zentrum des Universums “ [...]

We are proud to share that we made it into the latest Yacht Magazine (Germany) !

Von |2023-08-27T08:03:15+02:00März 8th, 2023|Kategorien: Nautor’s Swan, Sailing|Tags: , , |

Atlantic crossing: The CEO of a major company takes a sabbatical to cross the Atlantic. Telekom-CEO Tim Höttges did exactly that on our Swan 48 Ambra. How was it for him and skipper Torsten? Atlantic Crossing: Telekom-CEO Tim Höttges hat eine Auszeit genommen und ist auf unserer Swan 48 Ambra über den Atlantik mit gesegelt. Wie war es für ihn und unseren Skipper Torsten Krumm? Check out⬇️ Hier gehts zum Yacht Artikel Ambra bei der Ankunft vor St.Lucia in der Karibik an der Ziellinie der ARC

9 Splendid Beaches In Anguilla

Von |2023-03-04T21:41:36+01:00März 4th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Road Bay Anchorage and customs Covering 35 square miles, Anguilla may be small, but it certainly packs a beautiful punch. Over 33 flawless beaches stretch across its shores, offering access to some of the most serene beaches visitors are likely to see. Seriously, these beaches are so gorgeous, they may ruin other beaches for you. With so many lovely beaches on offer, it can be tough to choose which to visit first. Our list will help you decide where to start your next holiday! 1. Shoal Bay2. Rendezvous Bay3. Meads Bay4. Savannah Bay5. Sandy Ground Beach6. Barnes Bay7. Little Bay8. Cove Bay9. Captain’s Bay A truly exceptional beach hugs the shore of Anguilla's southwest coast. It, too, boasts the luminous turquoise water made famous in this region, and its soft, sugar-white sand is a welcome treat for toes everywhere. Called Rendezvous Bay Beach, this lovely strand is one you won't want to miss. Cap Juluca, Belmond Hotel Another northwestern gem, Meads Bay Beach is a wonderful spot to relax . This beach offers a wide expanse of sand so soft, it's actually challenging to walk on, but boy is it a comfy place for a nap. Locals always frequent the best places, and they choose this lovely beach time and again. Actually, Meads Bay Beach has a loyal fan base both on the island and across the world. Yes, the vibrant blue water helps entice visitors, but it's the serene locale that keeps them coming back to this beach in Anguilla. Cap Juluca, Belmond Hotel Luxury hotels like the Four Seasons have latched on to this beach's immense beauty, popping up between Barnes Bay Beach and this spectacular spot. The upside of their attention: well-kept shores, fine restaurants, and first-class spas. Four Seasons Anguilla was wonderful except for the fact [...]

CARIBBEAN HEAVEN: Ile Fourchue and little Sandy Island

Von |2023-02-26T10:17:42+01:00Februar 25th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Little me swimming 🏊‍♀️ Hello again dear Greta SY ForTuna We checked out of St Barths at Gustavia, but made our way for an overnight stop in a quiet bay on Ile Fourchue, an uninhabited and private island a few miles North West of St Barths. The tiny bay had a few mooring buoys and we were able to pick up a mooring close to the shore. We spent the day swimming, snorkeling, and hiking. Ile Fourchue has four rocky peaks in its “corners” and the views are insane. From each peak you can see St Barths, St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius , St Kitts, and Anguilla. We flew the drone and watched the sunset from the top together with our friends from SY WhenSailing and SY Kon-Tiki. Hike to the top We stopped overnight on the uninhabited island of Tintamarre, a lovely day anchorage but a very rolly mooring spot.... Ile Tintamarre We are sailing to Anguilla today to meet Kim ans Marie from SY North Star. They are currently snorkeling on Sandy Island, so let’s check out! Sandy Island A LITTLE DOSE OF CARIBBEAN HEAVEN: Sandy Island Sandy Island, 6 km away from the Anguilla Beach coast, has a beautiful stretch of beach, perfect for strolling. The island is also surrounded by a number of reefs.Anchoring is quite tricky. Only use the designated mooring area to drop anchor and dinghy to shore. Video Sandy Island Grab a rum punch or your snorkel gear and check out the reefs on the island's north and west sides. 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐣𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 1

St. Barth: A little piece of French Riviera in the Caribbean!

Von |2023-02-25T18:02:42+01:00Februar 25th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Shell Beach Our mooring, Gustavia St Barths will always be the place to be! For a small island, St. Barth feels like a much bigger place. Above the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, the hills rise asymmetrically and pitch toward one slope, much like an ocean wave. The towering palms, night-blooming cacti and decorative blooms of wild trumpets and frangipanis, make it hard to imagine that all of St. Barth was once an active volcano. 7 min walk from the Marina:Shell Beach Gustavia The population of St. Barth is approximately 9,000 people, most of whom are French expatriates or the descendants of the original French settlers. But St. Barth, which was discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named after his brother Bartolomeo, is more than just a French collective. The best mooring for Ambra After the first French colony failed 1648, the next 200 years saw many inhabitants: from the Knights of Malta to the British military to the Swedes, who stayed on the island for nearly a century. Today, sailors to St. Barth come to the island for three reasons: the beauty and the feel of France in the Caribbean. There are sixteen beaches in St Barths. From Shell beach with its infinite shells to Salines and Governor with its turquoise waters or Colombier only accessible on foot or by boat. Besides the modern shops selling French fashion, most of the architecture in Gustavia dates back to when the Swedes arrived in the late 1700s. Prada, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes—all the luxury brands are present in the small town of Gustavia… The Carnival of Saint Barts offers a costumed parade open to all in the streets of Gustavia. We had a blast yesterday ! St.Barth ~Anchoring and Mooring Balls: It is possible to anchor in the outer harbor, or [...]

Barbuda: Absolute tranquility and seclusion

Von |2023-02-17T12:24:25+01:00Februar 17th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Barbuda Princess Diana Beach Barbuda is a private oasis of pink- and white-sand beaches that’s known for being one of Princess Diana’s favorite destinations. But the peaceful Caribbean island was devastated in 2017 when Hurricane Irma hit! Exciting crossing to Barbuda! Crossing Antigua - Barbuda Once we cleared the protection of the reefs north of Antigua a big squall came through and the wind was very gusty. If you are 6nm away from Barbuda, you still can’t see it, it is a very flat island. It’s not easy to navigate through the shallow waters…. but look at the turquoise waters! No boats in sight, but we do see the AIS of 2 boats anchored on the SE tip under Spanish Point. It’s too late in the day for us to navigate across Gravenor Bay, we can only do that safely when the sun is up and we can see the reefs. Paradise So we aim to anchor next to Coco Point Lodge. We anchor close to the shore in 5m of turquoise water. There is a beautiful long white beach in front of us! The beach bar "Shack A Kai" is located on one of the best natural beaches in the world – Princess Diana Beach. Enoch prepares awesome lobster on his Beach-BBQ, with fresh coconut water, finshed with a shot of rum. "Shack A Kai" contact details: Whatsapp / call ahead on +1 (268) 714-6612 or +1 (268) 734-6618 or e mail to There are not many weather-protected bays around Barbuda, except two on the south side, but in calm weather and prevailing tradewinds you can anchor safely and comfortably anywhere on the west side between the beach and the reefs, in excellent holding. Only in wintertime when a northerly descends, are you better off some other place. [...]

Antigua: Pigs on the beach and superb views

Von |2023-02-15T02:46:26+01:00Februar 15th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Sunday Sundowners at Shirley Hights Shirley Hights Party Shirley Heights is a high point that affords a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours. The view is especially spectacular at sunset when all of English Harbour is all lit up. From 4pm until 10pm every Sunday, party until the sun goes down with drinks, barbecue and local bands playing Caribbean flavored music. This is the perfect crowd to meet all the crews ⛵️⛵️⛵️ Nelson Dockyard Marina Nelson’s Dockyard Marina is the only continuously working Georgian Era dockyard in the world. English Harbour is one of the most beautiful and safe natural anchorages in the Caribbean. Two hundred years of Royal Navy heritage…. Nelson‘s Dockyard is full of stories Nelson Dockyard The Nelson’s Dockyard Marina is probably the prettiest piece of living history in the Caribbean today. Once the base for the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Dockyard is now a busy destination for Superyachts and Cruisers alike. Freemans Bay Freemans Bay beach at the entrance to English Harbour is definitely a must stop. Here are a couple of turtles local to the water here and a resident stingray. Rowing across the Atlantic! The arrival… This is a popular anchorage and the holding is generally good but can be a bit uncomfortable when the wind shifts to the south. Tuck in behind the reef if there is space. There is good snorkeling off the reef and the beach is great for lunch and sundowners. Be careful not to anchor in the fairway which is marked with channel buoys. The channel leads you into Nelson’s Dockyard Marina or further round into the sheltered Ordinance and Tank Bays. Jolly Harbour Jolly Harbour ⚓️ Jolly Harbour is an idyllic Caribbean racing and cruising destination for all yachtsmen. It features a nice [...]

The French archipelago has a little something for everyone.

Von |2023-02-01T21:42:14+01:00Januar 31st, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , , , |

The French Butterfly Island is a sailor’s paradise perfect for “la belle la vie”—the beautiful life. Guadeloupe is one of our top picks! Guadeloupe is one of the Eastern Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. It is made up of six inhabited islands. The two main islands of Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, look like the wings of a butterfly from above. While Guadeloupe is popular among French tourists (I mean, it IS a French island), it’s a little less known to North Americans. What makes the island unique is its overwhelming and undisturbed natural beauty. Unlike many Caribbean islands, it is not plastered with huge capacity resorts. It’s tropical, volcanic, French-style, and off the beaten path! Basse-Terre is mountainous, volcanic, and has lots of places to go hiking and waterfall chasing. This is where you’ll find the Guadeloupe National Park, and protected marine areas that are fantastic for diving, like Reserve Cousteau. Chocolate and coffee are also produced in Basse-Terre. Chute du Carbet The Carbet Waterfalls are a series of three cascading waterfalls on the lower slopes of the volcano, La Soufriere. Bouillante Anchorage : Bouillante, Basse-Terre, in front of the natural thermal springs heated by volcanic activity !!! The temperature can reach 80°, fortunatelly the waves refresh the temperature of the hot spring. You can spot Iguanas on the beach, in the trees, on the rocks, in the gardens…. Grande-Terre – which despite its name (meaning 'big land') is far smaller than Basse-Terre. Its south coast, with reef-protected waters and golden-sand beaches, is the country's main resort area. By comparison, the eastern side of the island is barely touched by tourism: it's largely open to the Atlantic's waves, and instead of beaches has crashing surf off much of its rocky coastline. It is popular with surfers, however, who converge on the [...]

Les Saintes: The pearl of French West Indies

Von |2023-01-28T22:12:51+01:00Januar 28th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Bonjour…. This place feels more European than Caribbean, it’s charm and people are warm and enchanting. Les Saintes are a group of nine islands six miles off the coast of Basse-Terre. Only two are inhabited, with most sailboats heading to Terre-de-Haut for old-school Caribbean charm mixed with buildings which look like they’ve been transplanted from Brittany. Les Saintes Bay on Terre de Haut is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world and is best experienced from above – the views over the bay from Fort Napoleon are spectacular. From the top, we could see our anchorage and surrounding islands. Fort Napoleon sits on a hilltop overlooking town, offering stunning views of Terre de Haut, as well as housing a small but interesting museum. I loved being able to eat all my favorite French foods – especially after the heavy and deep-fried cuisine of Dominica and I loved hearing the language of love all around me. I hope Les Saintes continues to stay off the radar for years to come. Because that is why it is special. If you really want an incredible Caribbean experience away from the big resorts – you should definitely consider Les Saintes. You won’t regret it. We recommend to explore Le Bourg, Terre-de-Haut’s capital very early in the morning before the day tours from Guadeloupe arrive. Get lost in the tiny alleyways of the Old Town while admiring the colorful gingerbread houses with their gardens and small restaurants. The neighborhood of Le Mouillage, near the harbor, is where you will find many historical buildings and a beautiful beach with pélicans and iguanas. It is free to anchor, however, you must do so outside of the clear yellow markers in deeper water further from shore. There is a good dinghy dock to [...]


Von |2023-01-22T11:46:41+01:00Januar 22nd, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Dominica 🇩🇲 Ankerplatz bei Pays Dominica ist definitiv bisher mein Star unter den Englischen Antillen, nicht nur weil die Insel die Kulisse für den Film Pirates of the Caribbean 2 war. Die Insel ist ein herrliches Naturparadies mit unberührten und wilden Stränden, Flüssen und einer herrlichen Unterwasserwelt. Ein einziger, riesiger tropischer Garten! Dominica ist nur 50 Kilometer lang und 22 Kilometer breit. Etwa 73.000 Menschen leben hier. Davon - und das ist eine Besonderheit - rund 2.200 Ureinwohner. Gesprochen wird hier hauptsächlich Englisch, einige Bewohner unterhalten sich auch auf Kreolisch. Middleham Falls ist Dominicas höchster Wasserfall ! Wir wanderten im strömenden, tropischen Regen bei 28 Grad für 2,5 Sunden durch den Regenwald und es war grandios! Selten so einen gewaltigen Wasserfall in einem Urwald gesehen. Die Prince-Rupert-Bay, eine grosse Bucht im Nordwesten der Insel, geschützt vor Wind aus N-NE-E-SE, ist der beste Ankerplatz auf Dominica. Seicht abfallender, gut haltender Sandgrund mit Seegrasfeldern. Mit Kim und Marie beim Tauchen PAYS, die Organisation der Führer und Boatboys dort, haben etwa 35 Moorings ausliegen, man kann auch ankern. Sie bieten neben Security auch die alle Touren an, den Indian River und die Chocolate Factory war wunderschön. Am Strand gibt es einige nette Restaurants, wo sich bei Sonnenuntergang alle Segler treffen. Ihrem Namen hat Dominica dem Entdecker Christopher Kolumbus zu verdanken. Zum Zeitpunkt seiner zweiten Atlantikreise fuhr Kolumbus am 3. November 1493 an einem bis dahin unbekannten Eiland der Karibik vorbei. Auch wenn ihm an diesen Tag keine Zeit für einen Inselrundgang blieb, gab er der Inselschönheit trotzdem einen Namen. Dabei richtete er sich nach dem Wochentag, der zu Lebzeiten ein Sonntag war - und so erhielt Dominica ihren Namen. Shuttle zum Markt Indian River: This boat-trip along a coastal swamp forested river is perfect for the bird watcher or nature-lover. The area is [...]

Martinique: Dem Zauber des Lebens auf der Spur

Von |2023-01-11T18:16:36+01:00Januar 10th, 2023|Kategorien: Sailing|

Bonsoir Martinique Saint Anne Ankerplatz mit Beach Bar Okay, wir als Langzeitsegler sind irgendwie verwöhnt. In den letzten Jahren haben wir die schönsten Segel-Reviere, Küstenstädte, Mini-Inseln und fast jede Bucht von der Ostsee bis in die Türkei sowie fast alle kanarischen Inseln be-segelt und erkundet. Zanzibar Martinique Immer auf der Suche nach dem ultimativen Paradies sind wir jetzt einen Monat in der Karibik unterwegs und die Bilanz ist positiv, aber auch durchaus gemischt. Der spannendste Moment ist und bleibt immer der erste Eindruck, wenn wir uns einer neuen Insel nähern. Manchmal ist es das Licht, oder auch Geräusche oder Gerüche, dann wiederum prägen sich die Häuser am Strand ein. Oder ein anderes Mal erstrahlt sogar die Insel in ganz speziellen Farben. Im Fall von Martinique sind es die Palmen und die tropischen Blumen. Anchorage Ambra Anse Mitan Markt bei Le Marin Martinique liegt mitten in der Karibik und gehört zu Frankreich und dies merkt man sofort. Alle Annehmlichkeiten – wie das Bezahlen in Euro, das Telefonieren im heimischen Netz, und ein recht westlicher Lebensstil erwarten euch also auch auf der Insel. Baguette, Croissant und Carrefour überall. Dementsprechend muss man auch mit französischen Preisen rechnen. In guten Restaurants ist es hier teurer als in München. Gute Restaurants gibt es allerdings wenige, die regionale Küche ist im einiges besser als auf St.Lucia aber insgesamt zu viel Frittiertes, wenig Auswahl an Gemüse und Früchten und überraschend wenig frischen Fisch! Ankerfeld bei Le Marin Meine Highlights auf Martinique kommen hier: Anse Mitan Die Ankerplätze vor Saint Anne und Anse Mitan im Süden von Martinique sind perfekt und Ihr könnt problemlos auf sandigem Grund ankern. Außerdem ist der Ankerplatz ein guter Zufluchtsort vor den Winden und man kann mit der Fähre von Pointe du Bout in 10 Minuten Fort-de-France erreichen. Anse Mitan ⚓️ Habitation Clément, [...]

Tobago Cays: Lost in a windy paradise!

Von |2022-12-29T16:51:10+01:00Dezember 29th, 2022|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: , , , , |

Known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines, Tobago Cays Marine Park comprises five picture-perfect, uninhabited islands surrounded by a clear lagoon. Small beaches of white sand blend into luminous clear water. North Star on the left, Ambra on the right! There are two main anchorages in Tobago Cays. The first is on the north side of the reef. There are mooring buoys and places to anchor between two tiny islands. The anchorage is, however, open to the full force of the ocean winds, which are sometimes strong. You can anchor just west of Petit Rameau, in the cut between Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau, to the north or south of Baradel, or between Baradel and the other islands. Here, you’ll find sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, small systems of mangroves, and the most well-developed coral reef complexes in St. Vincent. Swim with the resident turtles, snorkel around the almost 2.5-mile-long Horseshoe Reef, or simply relax on a magnificent white-sand beach—each island has at least one. If kite surfing is your thing, the Tobago Cays are an excellent destination to tear across the water behind the protection of the reef and with the steady trades in your kite. Arrange for a beach barbeque with one of the local boat boys! (Romeo is our favorite!) Dancing on the beach after Dinner If you don’t find the boat boy vendors, they’ll find you. They can help you out with most anything you need: supplies, ice, quick trip to one of the other islands, etc. Just ask and they will probably figure out a way to make it happen for you. Vendors that sell shirts, food, etc are limited to Petit Bateau at the north beach. The reef Many specialize in beach barbeques and will be happy to [...]

“A mind is like a sail. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”

Von |2022-12-25T13:43:51+01:00Dezember 24th, 2022|Kategorien: Sailing|

A sailboat represents your life. The hull is like your body that allows you to move around and do things. The winds are like your thoughts that fill the sails of your mind and push you from one destination or scenario to the next. If we look around, the sea is filled with other sailing vessels. Most let the wind take them where it will. The sails fill up with any gust that arises so the journey through life is aimless and bewildering, since the destination is constantly changing. Many people would really like to get somewhere. They just haven't learned how to operate the jib and the boom, how to lower the sails in a violent storm. Some boats glide along efficiently. They seem to effortlessly move toward a destination. I think we all want to be like that boat that sails effortlessly and purposefully. Let’s open our minds, as if our minds were sails….. Merry Christmas, dear friends. Have a fantastic time. May you be surrounded by love and mindfulness, we look forward seeing you next year! Biggi & Torsten Although simplified, holiday celebrations aboard a cruising sailboat are no less magical. Celebrating Christmas in Bequia with fellow cruisers!In Admiralty Bay, on the south-west of the island, the sparkling waters are dotted with the crisp white sails of catamarans and yachts of all sizes. The sheltered bay has long attracted seaman and explorers, pirates and buccaneers, including the infamous Blackbeard kwho landed here in 1717. Christmas Party Bequia

Mustique: The anchorage of my dreams….

Von |2022-12-29T16:19:07+01:00Dezember 23rd, 2022|Kategorien: Sailing|Tags: |

Whether you’re an escapist, a sun-seeker or someone who loves the idea of exploring a new tropical locale, Mustique ticks all the boxes: creamy beaches, perfect blue water, a smattering of just-right waterfront outposts for drinking and dining and a nearly nonexistent crime rate. Vegetable stand The natural beauty of Mustique creates the perfect place to recharge….. Dinghy Dock near Basils Bar Basil’s Bar is a great place for a casual night on the island or a perfect lunch overlooking Britannia Bay. Basil’s serves classic bar food with a twist and the menu can be found here. I love listening to the local bands play and dancing at Basil’s. We love a trip to “town” everyday, which should be said loosely because town consists of Corea’s (the grocery), The Pink House, The Purple House, and Sweetie Pie Bakery. Along the ocean you can pick out fresh seafood from a little fish hut and fresh produce from the Mustique vegetable stand. Oh, and there is a liquor store open only when they feel like opening it, no actual business hours. The island has a unique history, too. It was purchased in 1958 by Colin Tennant, a London socialite who spent the next 20 years transforming it from an anonymous spit of land into a glamorous hideaway for jet-setters, royals and celebrities. Mick Jagger's Mustique villa is located on the beach with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and L'Ansecoy Bay! Basils Bar Britain’s Princess Margaret was one of the island’s first villa owners; before long, she was joined by Mick Jagger, David Bowie and, later Bryan Adams, Shania Twain and Tommy Hilfiger. Queen Elizabeth has made several visits, as have Prince William and Kate Middleton, both as a couple and, later, with their children in tow. The only mooring allowed is [...]

First impressions after our Atlantic Crossing!

Von |2022-12-23T13:18:30+01:00Dezember 17th, 2022|Kategorien: Sailing|

Start Las Palmas Let’s ask the Captain: How you did you like the Atlantic Crossing in a sailboat and what were your impressions? In the first few days, I hardly knew an answer to the question and just said amazing or great. In the meantime (5 days later) I reflect a lot about the question and realize more and more what really makes the trip special for me. Strong NE Wind near Las Palmas Here is a first summary, but there is more to come: We decided to join the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ) and that was a great decision. The route that we took was from Gran Canaria, an island off the west coast of Africa, directly to St Lucia in the Caribbean. The ARC community is great and they are looking after each other on the way. In case you need help, you will get support and everyone will try to do what they can. In addition there is a great preparation, handbook, online training, live events, a week of preparation in Las Palmas and finally a lot of parties. In case we would do it again, we would join the ARC again. Las Palmas and the Canarian Islands: Don’t leave it to the last minute- the Islands are great and quite different.Mooring fees are affordable. Sometimes it is not that easy to find a weather window in Gibraltar for your departure. You can go directly, visit Marocco on the way or go via Madeira. We went directly which is approximately 600sm and we had a great trip. This was a great preparation for our crew and exposure to Atlantic sailing. We visited Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Gomera and Tenerife and stayed 4 weeks on the islands. After a week of socializing, parties, training, pre-cooking, provisioning [...]

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