Ep. 14 - Sailing The English Channel - A Strategic Chess Match

September 28, 2018

Sometimes sailing is like chess. You must know your opponent, predict his moves, and develop a strategy. In the opening we put our Queen, Seefalke, on the board during high water to create an advantageous position for the mid game. Despite some unpredicted moves from our opponents, we were able to materialize our advantage and make it to the end on a four-day nonstop passage through The English Channel.But we did take a short break from the strategy game to play with the DOLPHINS... Read Michelle’s logbook entries - Part One and Part Two - for more details and insights about this adventure! Follow this link for Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries.

Ep. 12 - Sailing Kiel Canal to the Island of Helgoland

September 11, 2018

In this episode, we pass through the Kiel Canal and into the mighty Elbe River. And then we face The North Sea for the first time on our way to the remote and beautiful island of Helgoland. We also spend some time with a few salty sailors who know a lot about Sailing Seefalke! Read Michelle’s logbook - Part One and Part Two - for more details about this adventure!

For actual Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries, please follow this link.

Ep. 10 - Wind Power, Provisioning & The Potty Experiment

August 23, 2018

More than two weeks behind schedule, we work hard to finally set sail on our cross-Atlantic journey. This video is all about the final week, the final details, and the final countdown. We cover wind power, provisioning, and the potty experiment. You'll also find a sneak peak at some footage of our first couple days at sea!

Ep. 09 - Sailing with Dogs - First Aid at Sea

August 13, 2018

Since we have decided to take the four-legged members of our family with us on our cross–Atlantic sailing journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, AL, we have taken every precaution to keep them safe and happy. We have an amazing veterinarian back in Gulf Shores, Dr. Nietjse Langston of Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic. Not only is she an excellent doctor of veterinarian medicine, but she’s also a SAILOR! This means she knows exactly what being on the open water in a sailboat is like for people and for pups. She put together a thorough first aid kit for Cap’n Jack and Scout and was gracious enough to let us film this video of her explaining every detail for keeping our canine crew safe at sea! In this video, Dr. Langston discusses the different medications that would be great to have for pets on a boat. She also gives specific examples of when to use each one. We truly believe this video would be helpful for all dog owners -- even if you are not traveling on a sailboat.

Ep. 06 - Sage Advice from a Salty Sailor

August 3, 2018

Bob McDonald is an expert sailor with deep experience. He is our neighbor on Plash Island and a legend on the waters of the Gulf Coast. We call him Sailboat Bob. He was a wastewater system pipe operator in Chicago before he retired to Gulf Shores 15 years ago. We invited him to join us on our cross-Atlantic journey, but he has a different destiny in mind. This year, at the young age of just 79, he will embark on his lifelong dream of setting sail for good. Take an afternoon sail with us down the Intracoastal Waterway to learn some sound advice from a salty sailing legend.

Ep. 05 - 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 has been one of the hottest summers we have ever had here in Germany, the days are 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. Our British friends take the dog stuff bloodily seriously so we may need to skip the UK in favor of France.

Ep. 03 - Set Sail Countdown is ON!

July 15, 2018

It's getting real, ya'll! With less than three weeks until we set sail on our 6,000 nm cross-Atlantic journey from North Germany to South Alabama, we are buried in work and bursting with excitement! We spent some time in Stralsund to check on the progress of SEEFALKE's mechanical and electrical upgrades. We did some nesting and organizing, but there is still much work to do!

Ep. 02 - Equipping the Ship

July 4, 2018

We are less than one month away from our cross-Atlantic launch and we are hard at work getting SEEFALKE ready for the 6,000 nautical mile journey from North Germany to Alabama's Gulf Coast. Maik is focusing on safety and communication equipment while Michelle is trying not to panic! Find out more about SEEFALKE and her seaworthiness as we prepare to set sail!

Ep. 01 - Get Ready to Set Sail

June 19, 2018

Safety is the name of the game, so the planning for our 6,000 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic from Germany to Alabama starts with that! When Seefalke is safe to sail, we will launch. But we also have to think about other things like living onboard, getting vaccinations and paperwork for our Beagle puppies and dealing with the challenge of working while sailing. This is just a small taste of the extent of our details.