Ep. 05 - How to Approach Rabat, Morocco

December 24, 2018

One of the reasons that sailors avoid Morocco on their way to the Canary Islands is the challenging approaches into many of the few marinas Morocco has to offer. Many are located inside rivers on the open, unprotected coast line. At the sand bars that lie outside of the river mouths, the ocean swell is building up and breaking waves may make the entrance into the river impossible. Also the position, depths and shape of the sandbars are changing constantly. In this video we want to guide you step-by-step through the approach into Marina Bouregreg in Rabat, Morocco. And you will see, if you plan it carefully, it will not be a headache at all.

Ep. 04 - How to Approach the Lisbon, Portugal Marina

November 29, 2018

Today we approach together Lisbon, Portugal’s viral capital. Among the many options in Lisbon we picked Marina Parque das Nacoes because it’s the closest to the airport, not even 10 mins by car. However it’s the furthest marina up Rio Tejo, so if you only stay overnight it might not be the best option as it will take you 3 to 4 hours from the entrance of the Rio Tejo. In that case Cascais, Oeiras or one of the plenty other marinas further downstream Rio Tejo might be the better options. Lisbon is a great destination for every sailor headed North from the Canary Islands or the Mediterranean to the Bay of Biscay or for those headed the opposite direction.

Ep. 03 - How to Prepare for a Sailing Departure

September 15, 2018

Before you can set sail you need to get your boat and her crew ready. To not forget anything it makes sense to make yourself a little checklist that you work off every time you want to set sail. This checklist should be adapted to your boat and the intended passage but there are quite some points that you should check every time to leave harbor or anchorage. This little video visualizes of what needs to be done to get boat and crew ready. It is structured in six short sections: 1. Navigation 2. Deck 3. Cabin 4. Cockpit 5. Machinery 6. Crew

Ep. 02 - How to Lock In at The Kiel Canal

August 30, 2018

For many sailors a locking into the Kiel Canal is still stressful. During our last locking into Kiel-Holtenau we have used our on-board camera to record our locking procedure and develop a hopefully helpful guide for sailboat skippers who are not familiar with the Kiel Canal locking procedure.

Ep. 01 - Introduction to Maik's Navigation Corner

August 17, 2018

Welcome to Maik's Navigation Corner. Maik is the captain of Seefalke, and in this series, he will bring you segments on How to Skipper a Boat...all from his navigation corner on SV Seefalke. In this introduction video, he tells you all about the series and also takes you on a little tour of his navigation corner and explains why he loves working with paper charts! Check it out and look for very in-depth segments in this series coming soon!

Our Cross-Atlantic Sailing Route

July 28, 2018

This video shows our route and some principle thoughts to it. Of course it is subject to change, especially since it seems we are running late getting the boat ready. Even though it keeps being one of the hottest summers we have ever had here in Germany, the days are already getting shorter and if we are not out of here by mid August, we may not be able to make it past the winter in this season - with the Bay of Biscay being the bottleneck. Also our beloved British friends take the dog stuff bloodily seriously so we may need to skip the UK in favor of France.