While exploring the Gambier archipelago in French Polynesia, the corona crisis reminds us of the importance of local resilience.
Pitcairn’s remoteness makes its people self-reliant. They live with what they have, nature blossoms, and consumerism is non-existent.
Our leg to isolated Easter Island is the longest so far. Its intriguing history and engaged residents provide important lessons on sustainability.
Together with guests we visit a nature restoration farm, before preparing our boat for the Pacific. We celebrate Christmas on a remarkable island.
We leave our floating home in Chile for a trip back home to reunite with family, friends, followers, and partners.
Our busses & backpacks tour continues through Peru and Chile. We discover stunning nature, indigenous culture, and many inspiring sustainable solutions.
To avoid the hurricane season in the South Pacific, we make a Plan B. We leave Luci behind to explore more of South America by bus with our backpacks.
More than three months we sail through the Patagonian wilderness, fighting headwinds, cold, and rain. The spectacular nature reinforces our conviction that it needs to be preserved for future generations.
In Ushuaia we visit an Earthship. With friends we test the Patagonian waters and explore stunning glaciers and bays. It leads to adjusted plans.
As we leave Mar del Plata and sail south to Ushuaia, we enter the notorious Furious Fifties, where challenging weather and spectacular nature await.
We discover Buenos Aires and make new friends. Also, our preparations for Patagonia come into full swing: we do boat maintenance, pick up trainee Lars and provision for the next months.
Friendly people, sunny spring weather, a laid-back atmosphere, an inspiring organic farm and a sustainable school. Uruguay truly was an unexpected gem!
We are running out of time in Brazil. Our 90-day visas are about to expire, but the weather isn't very cooperative. Will we be able to timely reach Uruguay?
Whales treat us to a spectacular show as we sail to Rio de Janeiro. On land we learn that agroecology is more than an environmentally sound farming method.
We sail along the Brazilian coast, enjoy its green vegetation but also learn of its destruction. And discover a farming method that cooperates with forests.
From Cape Verde we set sail for Brazil, our longest trip so far. As we cross the blue desert, we deal with varying weather and find a paradise-like oasis.
We sail to Cape Verde where we discover marine ecosystem restoration initiatives and learn how to build with recycled materials. A true taste of Africa!
We hop between the Canary Islands and discover their stunning natural beauty. We also learn about banana logic and a unique renewable energy storage system.
After almost two years at sea, it’s time for a trip back home to share the 30 sustainable solutions we discovered in Europe with our followers and partners.
We sail from Morocco to the Canary Islands. With friends we explore its volcanic landscapes. Luci gets hauled out for repairs and maintenance.
When we leave the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean welcomes us with calm weather and fresh fish! And brings us to another world...
Despite the strong headwinds, we make progress sailing west. We visit Malta, Tunisia and Sardinia. And celebrate a lively Christmas in Palma de Mallorca.
We sail alomg the west coast of Greece and to the island of Crete. We look for sustainable olive oil, enjoy nature's beauty, and immerse in history.
Sailing Croatia has ups and downs: strict immigration, thunderstorms, beautiful islands and a family birthday celebration. We clean beaches and visit Venice.
While sailing upwind into the Adriatic Sea, we discover sustainable initiatives, learn about history and meet old and new friends in Greece and Albania.
During our Italian summer, we find a way to deal with the peak holiday season and the extreme heat. But then Luci decides to start a journey on her own...
On Sardinia we visit the local currency Sardex, a good solution for a more local and stable economy? And friends and family also visit - and spoil - us.
We sail from Le Grazie to Elba and Corsica. And cross the notorious Bonifacio Straight to Sardinia, where we reflect on the first year of our sailing trip.
We sail from Nice to Le Grazie. Very slowly. We visit the Slow Food movement, and enjoy the beauty of Italy's Ligurian coast. And we surely prefer water to be outside the boat...
We sail from Ibiza to Nice, via Barcelona and the Cote d'Azur. On our way we meet family and friends, and encounter delicious and sustainable food and wine.
Ibiza a party island? In summer perhaps. We discover natural beauty, the lovely Greenheart Ibiza & Casita Verde people, and meet old and new friends.
On our sailing trip around the world in search of sustainable solutions we sail from Malaga to Ibiza. We are confronted by the "Levant" and an emergency.
We sail from the border between Portugal and Spain via Gibraltar to Málaga, have a family reunion, and visit to a solar power plant in Andalusia.
We leave Lisbon after Christmas to celebrate the New Year in Lagos with Margreet. Along the coast of the Algarve more friends join us and we research the sustainable qualities of cork.
From the Islas Cíes in Spain we sail south to Porto, where we meet sailing cargo ship Tres Hombres. They have no engine, so we help them move upriver and moor next to them in central Porto. We also go on a port wine expedition in the Douro valley before heading further south via Aveiro and Nazaré to Cascais and Lisbon.
In Galicia we visit the four Rías Bajas, adb take a trip to Santiago de Compostela to find out more about the sustainability aspects of hiking.
We cross the Bay of Biscay in late October, with a stopover at Île de Groix. In Spain we visit a company based on democracy and social responsibility.
From Scotland we sail to the Isle of Man and then to Cornwall. In "Transition Town" Totnes we meet Earth Lawyer Polly Higgins.
From Norway we sail west to visit marine energy projects on Orkney and am ecovillage in Findhorn. After passing through the Caledonian Canal we taste organic whisky on Islay.
We sail to Stavanger, where friends join us for a tour of the fjords. We also drive a Tesla to sail on the world's first electric ferry, Ampere, across the Sognefjord.
From Thor Heyerdahl's and Colin Archer's hometown Larvik we take a train to visit Oslo, then sail to Sandøya to spend time with new friends. They spoil us with delicious food and fishing instructions. Further down the coast, friends we made last year, Marianne and Ragnar, welcome us again. After a wonderful time there we head to Mandal for birthday celebrations.
In Copenhagen, Denmark, we research the city's climate ambitions and visit Rockwool to learn about insulation and energy reduction. We sail along the West Coast of Sweden and visit Kosterhavet National Park and Kosters Trädgården, where co-founder Helena von Bottmer explains permaculture to us.
In Germany we visit Unverpackt Kiel, a packaging-free store, and the Kattendorfer Hof, one of Europe's largest Community Supported Agriculture farms. We then sail to Samsø to learn about their energy transition, before heading to Copenhagen.
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…
Amsterdam – Enkhuizen (NL) Sleepless in Sixhaven We cannot sleep. The adrenaline from our farewell party and the excitement about the imminent departure for our trip around the…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
Freezing Cold "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…
"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.…
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…
Self-Supporting 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.…
“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…
Goodmorning Mandal “A gift from the harbour master!” says Ivar when he finds a little bag in the cockpit that contains fresh bread and jam. Following a good…
"The wheel is not responding!” I panic a bit: we’re “not in command”. The autopilot continuously spins the steering wheel, which should stop after 3 cycles when the…
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…