Farewell To The Island

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Farewell To The Island
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MichHölzen writes from aboard the "Crusader": "And suddenly it was there, the longed-for weather window that should bring us across the North Sea to the Norwegian coast. 48 hours at an average of 5 knots, that was the calculation. So twice night sailing, Past fishing boats, oil rigs and container ships, pre-cooking, clearing the ship, arranging watch.

All of that is done when we pull out of Stronsay Bay at ten o'clock the next morning and out to sea. The conditions are pleasant for the first two hours, but then the wind falls asleep for the time being. That was also the forecast, so we are not surprised.

It follows six hours under the engine, until the expected north wind comes, which will carry us over to Scandinavia on a half-wind course. The first night is calm and clear, on the second day we pass the first oil rigs at a suitable distance - the cathedrals of the fossil age."

The second night was also unproblematic for the sailing duo, even if the sea was a bit more turbulent. In the early morning you can already see the coast of Norway, shortly afterwards the two anchor in a beautiful bay. "Time for an investor beer and a long nap," explains Hölzen.

Then it's on to Stavanger, the Dallas of Norway. Everything there revolves around the oil. In the current episode of his podcast, Hölzen reports what effects this has.

The legacy of the Vikings - the 22nd part of Michael Hölzen's boat shank sailing 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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And here it goes directly to Michael Hölzen's "Bootschaft" page with the option of subscribing to his podcast there or directly on iTunes

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.

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Podcast wood booth

Podcast author Michael Hölzen

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

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”.

Podcasts can be listened to on the way to work, on the way to the ship or at home in the evening or at the weekend on the sofa. Or on a rainy port day in the boat cabin.

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