Billesbølle shoots the sun. It wasn't until he was 68 that he allowed himself a GPS
The great old man of Danish sailing is now 88 years old, but when he talks about his world trips, it feels like a journey through time to his listeners - then the man from Holbæk is spiritually on board again. On his tiny little boat called "Stormy II".
Secret return from circumnavigating the world in 1995
Billesbølle drove around the world two and a half times, but he never made a big fuss about it. It's not his style. He'd have every reason to peddle his adventures a little - his performance with these 18-footers is immense. Yet he remains humble. "Comfort," he says, "for me means that I can cope with any dangerous situation."
The boat he used to do this even got a place in the museum. It is now in Waldemar's Castle on Tåsinge near Svendborg. And whoever stands in front of it as a visitor gets a lot of respect for the performance of this man, who through his books achieved a popularity in Denmark like Wilfried Erdmann and Bobby Schenk together.
The "Stormy II" is now in the museum on Tåsinge
Billesbølle's attitude towards his travels is particularly sympathetic. He is never rushed, but always devoted a lot of time and dedication to foreign cultures. Especially the youth was his focus. The YACHT visited the silent sailing hero in his homeland.
One of the last portrait photos so far from 2008