Hvala.

Friday, February 19, 2016.

WOW.
Just WOW.
Today i totally out of the blue received a mail from a friend who i so far only met once in my life. We were together on a boat sailing a regatta in Croatia in early 2014. We got along together very well from the start and were both happy we could speak Croatian with each other – he being a dentist in Germany originating from Croatia. In the two years since we exchanged a few mails to keep each other updated about our sailing.
And today he wrote this mail that just made my day and me cry 🙂
I wrote him about my sailing plans a week ago… and he now sent me this mail, writing that he started to put together a small package with medical stuff for my travel…
It left me speachless.
Thank you Trucki!

(Cover image: Trucki on board during the Cornati Cup – after the regatta)

Trouble ahead

Thursday, February 11, 2016.

I’m down. After slowly aquiring the feeling of getting on top of things again over the last few days. I’ve started to consolidate my lists (what needs to be organized & decided, which repairs are to be done, what needs to be bought). And now this.
Carefully reading a 5th time over the equipment list required for registeration of my boat. The big sea-faring nation of Austria requires that boats registered for up to 200nm (nautical miles, off shore) need to have a satellite phone on board (or a high frequency or low frequency radio). In addition tho the VHF radio.
In addition.
So it’s either really expensive equipment plus getting certified for its operation. Or just expensive equipment with a (prepaid) satellite contract.
Seriosly started me to think about sailing the boat under another nations flag. It’s just sooo pathetically bureaucratic.
Yes i need safety equipment. Don’t get me wrong: i WANT safety equipment. And i have no intention whatsoever to save money by not taking what is necessary with me.
But a sat-phone for another 800 Euro? That’s rediculous. I’m not planning on going trans-ocean. I’m not planning on going anywhere further than a few days without coast. And I do have an EPIRB if things would come to the worst.
Right now it feels to me as if every car that wants to go over the Alps would have to get a SatPhone, because there will be no coverage in some valleys and passes… ridiculous.

(Cover image: sailing towards a thunderstorm during a holiday trip in Croatia)