"As in Germany, there is a well-organized sea rescue system in Great Britain, too, nothing works here without the volunteer work of fellow campaigners. On our trip around England we repeatedly met the boats and people who would be there for you in an emergency ", reports MichHölzen accompanying his new podcast.
He continues: "On Rathlin Island suddenly a lifeboat was lying on the jetty across from the 'Crusader'. It turned out to be a classic lifeboat, with whose help the RNLI, the Royal National, at harbor festivals and other occasions Lifeboat Institution, soliciting donations The skipper proudly showed me the good old boat, the hatches to the safety room, the capsule that serves as the last place of retreat when nothing works.
On the Orkneys I had several very special encounters, everything started with a visit to the Lifeboat Museum on Hoy. Here I got an insight into how much self-sacrifice the volunteers go to work as lifeguards.
In 1969 there was a tragic accident when a lifeboat, the 'TGB', was called in by the freighter 'Irene'. The boat capsized and the eight-person crew lost their lives. In the Longhope Lifeboat Museum the tragedy is very impressively and personally documented, and the helmsman of today's lifeboat, Kevin Kirkpatrick, was three years old when his father, grandfather and uncle lost their lives in the tragic mission in 1969. "Interviews with those here named people are in the new podcast.
Savior in need - the 21st part of Michael Hölzen's Bootschaft-Segel-Podcast. Simply click on the play button with the arrow, and off you go. Or download the audio file using the selection menu on the right in the player so that you can listen to it later. The next part will follow in the coming week
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To the background:
The Berliner MichHölzen has been a passionate sailor for 15 years. It all started on the Wannsee, the first capsize, but also the first excursion on your own bow with a just acquired inland license - “priceless”, as he says. After that he never let go of sailing with all its facets, step by step he broadened his horizons.
This summer he and his friend Laurenz Schlueter would like to sail a very special trip that they have long dreamed of: around England. The two men are freelancers and can take a three-month break for the trip.
The problem: Hölzen and Schlüter do not have their own boat. And they don't want one either. Charter, borrow or sail somewhere is also out of the question for them. So what to do
Podcast author Michael Hölzen
Without further ado, Hölzen and Schlüter make a decision: You will become a temporary boat owner. In other words, only for the duration of the trip. In concrete terms, they buy a yacht shortly before the start of the trip, which they want to sell again immediately afterwards.
Will that work without ending up with a big hole in your wallet?
"Almost all sailing enthusiasts shook their heads when they heard about the plan," says Hölzen. And also various boat dealers to whom he presented waved them off. He did not let that confuse him.
In the meantime, Hölzen and Schlüter own a used First 30 from Beneteau. In just a few weeks they want to set off on the big trip.
As a full-time radio journalist, MichHölzen regularly reports on the trip in his own podcast called “Bootschaft”.
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