26 June 2016 – The Compass Leads the Way

26 June 2016 – The Compass Leads the Way

Enkhuizen (NLD) – Kiel (DEU) The “compass pole” in Harlingen’s harbour is notorious. According to our neighbours in the marina, sailing yachts that need their compass calibrated should only attempt to moor there at high tide, and even then it’s a challenge to throw a line around it because of its height and size. We […]

13 June 2016 – Our Departure!

13 June 2016 – Our Departure!

Amsterdam – Enkhuizen (NL) We cannot sleep. The adrenaline from our farewell party and the excitement about the imminent departure for our trip around the world keeps us awake all night. We fantasize about beautiful destinations, interesting people and sustainable solutions, while the day towards which we have worked so hard is slowly breaking. At […]

7 June 2016 – Final Preparations

7 June 2016 – Final Preparations

Less than one week before we leave Amsterdam! The last few weeks saw us visit potential partners, give media interviews, buy essential gear and say goodbye to some family and friends. Here’s a roundup. Sustainable solutions in the Netherlands During research for our upcoming article on plastic soup, we came across two Dutch initiatives that tackle plastic […]

16 May 2016 – Defying Lucipara’s Natural Condition 

16 May 2016 – Defying Lucipara’s Natural Condition 

“The natural condition of a sailing boat is that something is broken” Ivar likes to say.  “Only after investing lots of time and money in repairs and maintenance, with a bit of luck you could temporarily reach a state where everything works. Enjoy that moment – before you realize it, the boat falls back to its natural condition”. Lucipara² is no exception to […]

24 April 2016 – Sailing Doctors?

24 April 2016 – Sailing Doctors?

A large cut in my skin. I cringe as Floris pushes a razor-sharp needle deep into the flesh, underneath the wound and out on the other side. Just looking at his attempt at stitching me back together makes my hair stand up. I imagine the intense pain I would feel if it were a real wound and my […]

19 March 2016 – The Wonders of Weather Prediction

19 March 2016 – The Wonders of Weather Prediction

Why would we need a course on meteorology – all we need to do is check a weather app, right? It seems a bit of a waste of time and money, but we cannot ignore one thing: we will need a reliable and fast internet connection for our apps to work. A few miles off the coast and 4G rapidly […]

1 March 2016 – Surviving at Sea

1 March 2016 – Surviving at Sea

“What do you mean, we have to jump into 6º C North Sea water?” asks Floris after being told we are going outside to practice our survival skills. “It’s called ‘Survival at Sea’, not ‘Survival at the Pool’”, quips our instructor. Minutes later we find ourselves on the quay of Den Helder marina. It’s raining, it’s cold […]

1 January 2016 – Becoming Liveaboards

1 January 2016 – Becoming Liveaboards

“How on earth are we going to fit all this stuff onboard?” I’m asking Floris when I see the pile of things to move to the boat increasing. I would repeat this question many times on our packing day. However, I must admit that Floris is making sensible choices on what he moves to the boat, […]

11 December 2015 – Our Foundation

11 December 2015 – Our Foundation

As of 11 December 2015 we are officially a foundation: Stichting Sailors for Sustainability. This means that our efforts to find and share sustainable solutions will all be done under the umbrella of a foundation that exists for this specific purpose. By using a foundation we can assure that we do not pursue economic profits – all activities […]

10 December 2015 – Sewing Lessons

10 December 2015 – Sewing Lessons

Once we leave Amsterdam, our goal is to be as self-supporting as possible. Seasoned sailors will know that sails can and will tear on long sailing trips. We want to be able to repair our sails when that happens, so we call in the help of our friend Feitze, who co-runs a sailmaking business in Enkhuizen. […]

23 August 2015 – Sail Amsterdam

23 August 2015 – Sail Amsterdam

I was one year old when my parents took me to Sail Amsterdam – edition 1975. The city celebrated its 700th anniversary that year and decided to host a big maritime event. A fleet of historic tall sailing ships entered Amsterdam via the North Sea channel (Noordzeekanaal) in a parade. They moored in the IJ […]

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

“It looks like we’ll have a weather window with E wind in three days” says Ivar. Neither of us feels like going back, but our fourth and last holiday week has begun and we have commitments back home. We have been keeping an eye on the grib files from site windyty.com, which fairly accurately forecasts the wind for the […]

1 June 2015 – History in Hoorn

1 June 2015 – History in Hoorn

Pinksteren (Pentecost) – another Dutch holiday (although few know why we get a day off)! After our wonderful lunch in Hoorn only a week earlier, we decide to sail to Hoorn again. This time with Ivar’s parents and for dinner. Exquisite, exceptionally tasty, and beautifully presented – once again Marque’s is a treat. Hoorn is lovely, too. […]

16 May 2015 – Reunion in Stavoren

16 May 2015 – Reunion in Stavoren

Ascension is one of the few public holidays in the Netherlands. As it’s always on a Thursday, it’s perfect for a short sailing trip. For Ivar’s friends from his days as a sailing instructor in Friesland Ascension is synonymous with Stavoren – the city in Friesland where the meet each year for a reunion. Ivar missed […]

4 April 2015 – Another New Home in Amsterdam

4 April 2015 – Another New Home in Amsterdam

Spring has come and it is time for us to leave the Sixhaven in Amsterdam. We are sad to say goodbye to our neighbours, who have also become our friends. Ivar spent the last 9 winters there, so it feels like leaving home. In his time there he witnessed the Sixhaven being transformed into energy-efficient and […]

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

Finally – after 15 months of renovations, we are sailing again! Our first trip is taking us to an old time favourite: the island of Terschelling. We leave from Enkhuizen on the 28th of December, where our friend Feitze and his colleague put the finishing touches to Lucipara² by adding new covers for the sails and […]