Fuck up. We have in our manoeuvre manual a special section for certain situations you want to avoid but you have to deal with. One of these special situations is when your gennaker wants to become a submarine. Another situation is when the gennaker wants to become a bird and flies to the sky. Because of our manoeuvre manual we were able to deal with submarines and birds. After we educated our gennaker we surfed down the waves and Percy set the top speed mark of 19,4 kn. All are well.

Nach einem kurzem Einkauf für eine minimale Bunkerung ging es vom Weser Yacht Club e.V. (WYC) in Lemwerder am 9. Juli mit der J/70 "Fritz" mit einer fünfköpfigen Crew der SKWB-Jugendgruppe auf einen kurzen Törn auf der Unterweser. Wir starteten zur Mittagszeit um 13:30 Uhr und segelten unter Vollzeug am Wind bei 6 Bft, in Böen bis 7 Bft, die Weser abwärts Richtung Elsfleth.

start newport bermudaDaniel ForsterPPLDas hochklassig besetzte 'Bermuda Race' mit Start in Newport und Ziel Bermuda wird seit 1906 alle zwei Jahre ausgetragen. Charakteristisch für dieses Rennen ist die erste kalte Nacht auf dem Nordatlantik, mit steigenden Temperaturen bei Annäherung an den Golfstrom. Um den America´s CupperGary Jobson zu zitieren: "It’s a feather in every sailor’s cap to have done the race, and many consider the Lighthouse Trophy the most coveted trophy in distance racing” http://bermudarace.com/

Just 24 h ago we had an exciting start in Bermuda. Since then we raced 247,4 nm. Everything started with perfect downwind conditions and we enjoyed fantastic sailing. However the conditions under deck were more of a sauna. Melli our skipper was contemplating that she is looking forward to get to the north as she has lots of warm clothes in her luggage. During the night the wind intensified  up to 27 kn. We had to change from the gennaker to a jib. This was an intense all hand manoeuvre and a good team experience. Since the morning the windspeed is increasing an we face showers, squals and gusts up to 37 kn. Spirits are good as we enjoy a speedy journey. The sun is out again and the sauna is heating up again.

The crew of the Bank von Bremen

Text: Melanie Aalburg and Johannes Flume.

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Die SKWB wünscht der Crew der 'Bank von Bremen' fair winds & following seas!