Category Archives: Portraits

SV Tiama – Dustin Reynolds US

SINGLEHAND ROUND THE WORLD – ONE ARM AND ONE LEG ONLY A tragic yet inspiring story. On 18 October 2008, Dustin lost an arm and a leg in a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver in Hawaii. He didn’t … Continue reading

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SV Pingo – Mike Smith Au

THE LOOSE ENDS OF A CHRISTMAS TALE On 25 December 2021, I posted a Christmas tale about Michael Date on my blog following his decision to withdraw from the entry list for the GGR 2022. A year or so later, I would … Continue reading

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SV Suntory Mermaid III – Kenichi Horie JP

WINNER OF BLUE WATER MEDAL – CRUISING CLUB OF AMERICA Kenichi Horie, Japan’s best known ocean sailor, has been named winner of the 2022 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for a lifetime of ocean-crossing achievement. … Continue reading

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SV Dutch – Sebastiaan Ambtman NED

LONGDISTANCE CRUISING ON BREEHORN 37 – NOW BOREAL 44 Dear Peter, It has been a few years since we were in contact. We used our Windpilot on our Breehorn 37 ‘Pjotter’ (www.pjotterpassages.com) a great deal. We have now bought a … Continue reading

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SV Express Crusader – Douwe Gorter NED

FAMOUS EXPRESS CRUSADER USED SAILOMAT, ARIES AND WINDPILOT Hi Peter, Hope this email finds you well! I wanted to give you a short update on the performance of the very old Windpilot that I bought and installed on Ponta Delgada, … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

ALONE OR, PREFERABLY, NOT
 Life works best in a pair. 
For anything else 
 To give real satisfaction 
 Is really decidedly rare. 

 Life Lessons

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SV Jonathan – Caro + Marc van de Weg NED

JONATHAN JUST ARRIVED IN PUERTO WILLIAMS – CHILE Hi Peter, A few days ago we arrived in Puerto Williams from the Pacific. We had an uneventful crossing from Rapa Iti in the Austral Islands. Sure we had some weather but … Continue reading

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Idols and Dreams

FROM TRAIN DRIVER OR SHIP’S CAPTAIN TO AN AUNT FROM AMERICA
 Idols and Dreams

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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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