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 in Lemmer Lucipara² is […]

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

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 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, […]

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

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. 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 […]