Category Archives: Human stories

The Stuemer family, a sad canadian story

I have been in contact with the Stuemer family some 12 years ago, when they have decided to head for a circumnavigation, as Diane, mother of 2 lovely children has got the bad diagnosis of cancer and wanted to spend … Continue reading

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SV Explore North, Jon Amtrup NOR

STRANDED ON SVALBARD It all got a little tense when the polar bear came strolling towards us while the boat was safely up on the beach. High up on the beach. in fact. The start of our Svalbard adventure was … Continue reading

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SV Olgalou, Inga Beitz + Vassil GER

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SV Guppy, Laura Dekker NZ

Congratulation Laura, that you made it!  SPIEGEL ONLINE ZEILEN INTERVIEW

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SV Shalom IV, Ben Hoekendijk NL

Dutch VICTOIRE 933 sails to Spitsbergen (Svalbard) The Dutch author of many books on sailing Ben Hoekendijk celebrated his 70th birtday and boarded his Koopmans designed Shalom IV, a Victoire 933, to sail single handed to the Lofoten and Spitsbergen. … Continue reading

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SV Forty Two, Mercedes + Carsten Borchardt GER

Alle Jahre wiieder schickt die forty-two, Euuch Weihnachtsbiildeer und auch Grüße dazuuu. Diese Weihnachten erreichen Euch die Grüße schon das zweite Mal aus dem Pazifik, diesmal aus der Südsee, genauer aus dem Königreich Tonga, genauer aus dem Archipel Vava’u, genauer … Continue reading

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Peter´s biography 1966 – 1975

STORM, STRESS AND COMPULSON – BUT FIRST A LITTLE BIT MORE SCGOOLING Returning home from the sea with my tail between my legs, my first obligation was to keep a rather lower profile around the adults in my life. While … Continue reading

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X-Mas story – special edition

An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from South to … Continue reading

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SV Tuvalu, Hans Geilinger ES

13.12.11 via SAILMAIL von SV Tuvalu, Dufour 40 Lieber Peter Morgen sind wir in der Mitte des Atlantik. Und meine, unsere Bewunderung fuer Deinen Windpilot waechst immer noch tagelich. Seit ein paar Tagen steuert er uns souveraen uebr 4 Meter … Continue reading

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SV Nicu, Philip Latham UK

Dear Peter Here are the photos of my Windpilot Pacific purchased in 1997 It has just returned from a 29,000ml trip including the Southern Ocean and functioned perfectly.There is a bit of wear in the Delrin joints and worm gear … Continue reading

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SV Tula, Mary Synge+Paul Kinzelmann

Living part time in Puerto Andratx since the nineties, there was no way to come around to meet Mary Synge and Paul Kinzelmann who settled in her old Finca “Es Roses” in ANDRATX de Mallorca. I often met them on … Continue reading

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Ocean Paddle Challenge – Gran Canaria – Barbados

2 BROTHERS, 1 PEDALO, 5 WORLD RECORDS & THE ATLANTIC Some say they are mad, they may be right! It all started the way many madcap adventures begin, several pints in the local pub. A group of friends wondered what … Continue reading

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SV Quantum Leap – given up, but sailed to Honolulu

It has been during a delivery from SAN DIEGO California, to HAWAII, when skipper Philip Johnson and his crew experienced some electrical problems. Sea was getting rough and a wave hit the boat and skipper has been hit whilst working … Continue reading

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SV Grace – John Otterbacher US

BROKEN HEART – LUCKILY NOT CHICAGO january 1998. Deep winter, minus 25 Grad Celsius, snow white town all over. I just built up my Windpilot equipment for CHICAGO BOAT SHOW – NAVY PIER – and accepted some icecold days driving … Continue reading

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SV Johanna, Douwe Fokkema NED

Hello Peter, I have just completed my circumnavigation and am back home again. After my Atlantic circuit (10.000 miles) I sailed 30.000 miles round the world. Only failure on the windpilot was the worm wheel which was replaced in Oman. … Continue reading

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Jimmy Cornell´s comment about Peter Förthmann

The first ARC, in November 1986, attracted a lot of nice people but also some strange ones. Among them was this tall German guy going around the marina dragging behind him a large tool box on wheels and doing maintenance … Continue reading

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Susanne Huber Curphey + Tony Curphey, married but solo sailors at sea

Durban South Africa November / Dezember 1998. Ich war für ein paar Wochen im Land, um die Einhand Reise meines Freundes GEOFFREY HILTON BARBER vorzubereiten – keine einfache Sache, denn Geoff war blind – wollte dennoch einhand mit seiner Yacht … Continue reading

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SV Kira von Celle, Beate+Detlev Schmandt GER

WORK FIRST – GO SAILING AFTERWARDS SV SOLVEIGH IV, a HR 42, Number 77 built in 1983 has been cruising around the world with the famous German Circumnavigator ROLLO GEHARD during 1983 – 1991. Todays owners Beate und Detlev purchased … Continue reading

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SV Symi, Crododiles love affair with Windpilot

Australian Pilot books mentions saltwater crocodiles to be dangerous, advising the following: DO NOT leave the dinghy hanging out of the back, especially at night. In particular a rubber duck. Either tie it alongside or lift it out of the … Continue reading

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SV Rubicon, Susanna + Jürgen Mohrmann GER

Jürgen anchors SV Rubicon in Carlisle Bay, Barbados, after nearly a month on the Atlantic. Jürgen left Hamburg July 6, 2010Hamburg to Barbados & Beyond A Tartan’s Tale Two sailors sit, becalmed, in the middle of the ocean on their … Continue reading

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