We are a German (Micha) and English (Jo) couple sailing the boat. Micha the captain has owned the boat for 20 years and has been sailing for 25, including 9 Atlantic crossings. Jo has been sailing with the boat for the last 5 years and has sailed over 10,000 ocean miles, including the east coast of Australia, the Caribbean, the Baltic sea and 2 Atlantic crossings.
Micha is a great captain, with a lot of experience as well as the English and German yacht master qualifications. As a trained engineer, he can fix pretty much everything on the boat. I (Jo) am less experienced, sailing intensively for about 5+ years, I still have a lot to learn but will hopefully have my skipper license by September 2017 (fingers crossed). We are a relaxed couple who enjoy travelling, adventure and meeting new people.
We (well Micha at least) are keen divers and have snorkelling and scuba diving equipment onboard including a compressor. We also have 2 guitars, a violin and accordion and I (Jo) would love to have some fellow musicians to play with. I also enjoy painting and yoga so if you have experience in any of these or in film/documentary we would be interested to hear.
We view our guests as being part of ‘us’, and whilst we don’t require our guests to have any prior experience, we do expect you to have a sense of adventure and an eagerness to learn and you will get the chance to learn a lot! We all share the jobs on the boat, including sailing the boat, keeping watch (especially when night sailing – but don’t worry you won’t need to do this alone), cooking and cleaning.
We want to use the boat for what it’s built for: crossing big oceans. It is made for long journeys and feeling close to the ocean. We both like to discover new countries and cultures when we are onboard as well as onshore and really enjoy having a mixed international crew sailing with us (because it means we can fly more flags). Over the years we have had people from many countries onboard, including Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Russia and Mongolia! We have had great experience with this and with this in mind we would like to invite the first person from a country whose nationality we have not yet had to sail with us on the boat for free.