Colleague Hölzen says goodbye for three days on shore to explore the sensational Irish west coast together with his wife in the car, including left-hand traffic adventures with no happy end.
The Cliffs of Moher, which appear in every prospectus in Ireland, are really impressive, 200 meters of vertical rock face.
The Irish decorate their house facades with all sorts of flags, the Welsh flag, the US flag, only the Unionjack, you won't see it anywhere.
Laurenz and Mark also experience that the Irish don't really like their island neighbors. One can assume that the unregulated Brexit in Northern Ireland will be "great fun".
The Irish and the English have a lot in common, an exquisite friendliness is the keynote in every encounter, that makes traveling really fun, only the rough tones rule among each other.
We have had a companion for a week, Geoffroy is French, 20 years old, on his own boat to Scotland. He has four months, the whole thing is part of his engineering degree, cool. And he can sail so well that you can learn a lot from him, especially in the field of fluid dynamics.
The further north we get, the more beautiful the landscape becomes, and more and more anchoring bays offer a great, idyllic backdrop.
Podcast author Michael Hölzen
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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
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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