Category Archives: Portraits

SV Polonez – Krzysztof Baranowski PL

TWO LEGENDS ON THE ROAD – NO THREE! Krzysztof Baranowski

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SV Suntory Mermaid III – Kenichi Horie JP

ARRIVED IN JAPAN AFTER 69 DAYS FROM SAN FRANCISCO Horie ist seit 50 Jahren mit Windpilot unterwegs. An der SV Suntory Mermaid III war eine PACIFIC LIGHT im Einsatz, immerhin die 4.te Windpilot Anlage im Verlauf seiner vielen spektakulären Reisen … Continue reading

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SY Iron Lady – Nathalie Mueller + Michael Wnuk GER

THE STORY OF DAISY – PETER AND I Michael has been busy doing laps with the new love of his life for quite a while now but when he first sent me this little gem in 2012 I was still … Continue reading

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SV L´eau Commotion – William Hatfield AUS

SOLO NONSTOP RTW WESTBOUND – FOURTH TIME LUCKY Bill ended up having to wait until the age of 81 to realise his great ambition. Now he’s done it – and claimed the record as the oldest person ever to achieve … Continue reading

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Burghard Pieske

PACIFIC LIGHT – DON’T BLAME ME, BLAME BURGHARD Burghard Pieske

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Brian Meerlo 1935 – 2019

THE ROOTS OF WINDPILOT Brian Meerloo

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Hanse Yachts – experiences – three times

EXPERIENCES WITH A BRAND NEW HANSE 588 I know Ariana und Jayme Souza since about 9 years, and of course it has been about transom ornaments. Jayme, living and working as surgeon in Salvador at that time and a sailor … Continue reading

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Tom Cunliffe – a sailor to the core

MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT In my (ever more swiftly flowing) life, it is moments of human contact and personal connection that truly touch my soul, warm my heart and provide lifelong pleasure.

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Armin Horn and his SailingGen

JOINT VENTURE A man who openly admits to a fascination with rear ends runs a very real risk of being misunderstood. So understand me when I confess to my obsession with the hind quarters: I’m talking about work not pleasure … Continue reading

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SV Elenya – Jim Dilley NZ

REFERENZ FÜR 23 JAHRE 150.000 SM SEGELN MIT WINDPILOT I have used a WindPilot Pacific for about 23 years. Have covered about 150,000 miles in that time. The gear has been fitted to our 26′ Warsash One Design for its … Continue reading

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SV Irene – Pat + Dick Morris UK

LIVING BIG ON A SMALL BUDGET Iits just a few weeks ago when I have got the following mail: Good Morning Peter, I have had a ‘Pacific’ for many years and it continues to work to perfection. It has, however, … Continue reading

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SV Sea Canary – Bob Parry UK

AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND This time instead of returning to Cape Town ( from the Canaries via Brazil ), I intend to moor in European waters  (maybe La Gomera ). I am returning to Cape Town in two weeks … Continue reading

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SV Raya – Frans Swart NED

16 YEARS and 70.000 Miles Dear Peter, In 1992 I bought from you a Pacific Plus for our Koopmans 43ft.centreboard. My wife and I are back now from a 16 years sailing around the world trip. We have done around … Continue reading

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Windpilot – back to our Roots

WINDPILOT – OUR ENGLISH ROOTS The history of Windpilot since the company changed hands in 1976 is quite well-known, largely because of the unusual nature of the transaction: a straight swap, agreed on the spur of the moment while sailing, … Continue reading

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Hinckley Picnic Boat – JetStick – Tom Serrao

BACK TO EARTH WITH A BUMP – experiences of an owner A blog about motorboats? Are you serious? Why would sailors want to read about stinkboats? We know what they’re like, we know we don’t like them and that, frankly, … Continue reading

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SV Olgalou – Inga + Vassil Beitz GER

Inga+Vassil married twice – aboard and ashore Inga is a longterm cartoonist on this Windpilot Blog since years. She has illustrated quite a few pages and our friendly relationship is lasting for years – basicly since they contacted me by … Continue reading

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SV Uisge Beatha – destroyed by fire

A BEAUTIFUL NEW BOAT DESTROYED WITHIN MINUTES Grenada 14.Juni 2013 Picture gallery by circumnavigator MARK JENSEN, SV Sea Life, on anchor in the Prickle Bay just a hundred meter away from a beautiful new 80 foot Jongert built aluminum boat … Continue reading

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Classic schooner Nina missing off New Zealand coast

Classic schooner Nina with severn aboard missing off NZ coats on her way to Australia. Continue reading and Continue reading

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SV Pico Ingrid+Fritz Erkelenz DE

FAREWELL to INGRID ERKELENZ

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SV Drifter and Cyclone Evans, Savusavu Fiji

December 25th 2012 SV Drifter and Cyclone Evan Since about a week it becomes more and more clear that there is a cyclone developing. We’re in Savusavu, Fiji. It supposes to be a cyclone hole here and it has a … Continue reading

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