Extras 25 - Drone Flight over Viana Volcano - São Vicente, Cape Verde

January 20, 2019

This drone video features a not well known volcano. It is not very spectacular as it does not spit lava, does not smoke and is very small and off the beaten path but it is just amazingly beautiful. Come on board our DJI Mavick 2 Pro drone and take a flight over this wonderful place.

Extras 24 - Daily Life of a Sailor - Replacing Zinc Anodes on a Steel Ship

January 12, 2019

During our stay in Lisbon we discovered that our zinc anodes had almost vanished. As Seefalke is a steel boat we need zinc anodes, or sacrificial anodes, welded to our steel hull to protect it from electrolytic corrosion. Those anodes are made from a metal with a more negative electrochemical potential (less noble) than the hull. In this way the sacrificial anodes corrode in preference to the steel hull of the boat. In Lisbon we would have needed to wait a week on a crane date and in Rabat, Morocco there was neither a boat yard nor a crane to perform these works, so we made arrangements with the boatyard in Arrecife on Lanzarote island. We expected it to take 2-3 days, but the works were completed within 7 hours.

Extras 23 - Daily Life of a Sailor - It's Not all Sailing and Sunshine

The daily life of a sailor is not all sailing and sunshine. Every single day there is a new project and something to do. This series of videos demonstrates the hard work that happens daily when you live on a sailboat. Whenever we are in port, and sometimes when we are at sea, we are making repairs, improvements, upgrades, and performing daily maintenance on Seefalke. This video shows a montage of boat projects—some old and some recent—including replacing navigation lights while at sea, a leaking bilge, a bumper car session with an offshore buoy, and the constant other daily projects that keep life in port busy and interesting!

Extras 21 - I'm an Official SAILOR Now! View from the CROW'S NEST

DAILY LIFE OF A SAILOR – VIEW FROM THE CROW’S NEST

I’m an official sailor now! “If I had only known that all it takes to become an official sailor is to climb to the top of the mast, I would have avoided all that seasickness.” This was Michelle’s reaction after making a repair on the top of Seefalke’s mast. The daily life of a sailor is not all sailing and sunshine. Every single day there is a new project. This series of videos demonstrates the hard work that happens daily when you live on a sailboat. Whenever we are in port, and sometimes when we are at sea, we are making repairs, improvements, upgrades, and performing daily maintenance on Seefalke.

Extras 19 - Live Passage Plan - Sailing Rabat to Arrecife

We had a live presentation of our passage plan from Rabat, Morocco to Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain (Canary Islands). Here is the replay. Watch as Captain Maik breaks down the weather, wind, and other conditions as he carefully and strategically plans our voyage.

Extras 17 - Atlantic Crossing is Next!

Nov. 23, 2018

OUR SAILING ADVENTURE CONTINUES We set sail on August 19, 2018 on our 6,000 nautical mile sailing journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA. We battled the Baltic, survived the North Sea, encountered the English Channel and entered the Atlantic. Now we prepare to CROSS THE ATLANTIC!

Extras 16 - The Adventure Continues - Bay of Biscay is Next!

September 19, 2018

It's been exactly a month since we set sail on August 19, 2018 on our 6,000 nautical mile sailing journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA. We battled the Baltic, survived the North Sea, encountered the English Channel and entered the Atlantic. We have covered 1/6 of our journey so far - 1,062 nautical miles. But the adventure goes on! Up next is the ever challenging Bay of Biscay. Come along for the ride!

Extras 14 - Daily Life of Sailing Seadogs

September 8, 2018

We love taking this journey with our Beagles, Cap’n Jack and Scout. It’s so much fun to see them explore all the new places and enjoy all the fantastic smells! They also love sailing with us!

Extras 12 - First Gale During First Week at Sea

September 4, 2018

We set sail for our cross-Atlantic journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, Alabama and faced our first gale during the first week at sea. The Baltic Sea showed us her fury during a short, but signficant squall that produced 38-knot winds. SV Seefalke handled it great! This is just a snapshot of the storm, but you can watch the full video "Battling the Baltic" on our channel by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ztAH...

Extras 10 - Dogs in Flight - Crossing the Atlantic by Air

August 3, 2018

We were beyond relieved to have Cap’n Jack and Scout safely in Germany after a two-day trip from Gulf Shores. Big shout-outs of major thanks to the professionals at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Pet Air Carrier, and especially our friends at Magnolia by the Gulf Animal Clinic for helping us make this happen.

Extras 09 - Sailors & Seadogs On the Water

June 28, 2018

Real-life adventures from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Stralsund, Germany. Maik and Michelle share their love of sailing, the sea, wildlife, our four fabulous kids, and our two Beagles, Cap’n Jack and Scout. Our fleet includes three unique sailboats. Seefalke is a 43-foot, steel-hull, Dutch-designed Ketch that we plan to sail across the Atlantic in 2018-2019. We logged most of our nautical miles on Toja - a 24-foot Flying Tramp that keeps us active on The Baltic Sea from her home port in Stralsund, Germany. We also have a cool little day-sailor, The Protagonist - a hand-crafted, 15-foot, wooden, open hull catboat that is moored at our home in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Extras 08 - Sailing Toja on The Baltic Sea

June 4, 2017

Maik and Michelle sailed Toja 76 nautical miles in 16 hours from Rønne, Denmark to Karlskrona, Sweden in heavy wind and waves. For Michelle, it was her first long-distance, open-ocean voyage and her first bout of severe seasickness, which hit her about 10 minutes after capturing this video. The struggle is real!!! We had just hit open water after passing the wind shadow of the island of Rønne.

Extras 07 - Our Fleet & Our Crew

June 17, 2018

Check out our fleet of three cool vessels that we sail on the Gulf Coast, The Baltic Sea and everywhere in between. We plan to take Seefalke across the Atlantic in 2018-2019. Follow our adventures with our crew - which includes four kids and two awesome Beagles.

Extras 06 - Dolphins, Dolphins, Everywhere!

June 15, 2018

We never get tired of seeing these amazing, playful animals while sailing in our backyard on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) in Gulf Shores, AL. The dolphins love our little catboat, The Protagonist - a wooden, hand,crafted, 15-foot, open hull sailboat.

Extras 05 - Cap'n Jack & Scout Play with the Dolphins

November 17, 2017

Sailing The Protagonist on Bon Secour Bay in Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA. Our Beagles always tell us when dolphins are near! The dolphins love our little hand-crafted, 15-foot wooden catboat!