Winter is coming. Find some solace in these inspirational sailing blogs and videos
There are no two ways about ut. Its getting darker. Many have already put their yacht on the hard. Although we are fans of winter sailing, the web can offer some solace in the coming winter months.
Lets begin with two fantastic cinematic experiences that sort of sums it all up:
Another great video here from Kalle Ljung from Sweden:
And here is a young couple from Canada. Sean and Julia with the evergreen dream of sailing around the world. They are having a go at making short movies of their adventure, and its is very entertaining to watch. They just bought a new boat, an older Tartan 37. Follow them here:
Sean also have some great tips for others who wants to have a go at vlogging.
Also make sure to read Scandinavian Mariner Magazines Social Media for cruisers guide here.
S/Y Dolphin Dance -Minna Valtari and Antti Laine in Finland are the owners of a Hallberg-Rassy 29 called S/Y Dolphin Dance. They write well and are primarily sailing around the Baltic Sea and one summer even headed over to Norway. The Photographs are great and they also have a string of well made and produced videos on their YouTube Channel. They keep a Facebook Page for those who wants to keep up with them in the news feed. Antti Laine is also running the Hallberg Rassy 29 online forum. Not only a great resource if you own a Hallberg Rassy 29, but also for owners of other Hallberg Rassy boats.
Eric and Susan Hiscock are legendary in the sailing world. The account of the Hiscocks' first world circumnavigation (1952–1955) was told in Around the World in Wanderer III. Wanderer III, a 30-foot (9.1 m) Laurent Giles sloop, carried the couple around the world via the tropics at a time when few people were cruising the world for pleasure on small sailboats. The voyage and book accorded them a degree of popular celebrity, and was the first of their three circumnavigations. It was also the start of a series of books detailing their later voyages on their sailboats Wanderer III, Wanderer IV and Wanderer V.
This is a 1:33 hour film and please enjoy!
The Wanderer III, built in 1952, is still sailing and is owned by another pair of legendary sailors Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericsson from Germany and Sweden. Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericsson was awarded the Blue Water Medal from The Cruising Club of America in 2011 for "the most meritous example of seamanship"
The Wanderer III has over 300 000 miles under her keel and must be one of the most famous yachts in cruising history. The couple has written a wonderful book about their adventurous life in South Georgia onboard the Wanderer III. You can get hold of it here.
Chasing Bubbles. A funny, heartbreaking and powerful documentary about the journey and spirit of Alex Rust, a farm boy turned day trader from Indiana who, at 25, abandoned his yuppie life in Chicago, bought a modest sailboat, and set out to sail around the world, learning as he journeyed. This film is different and balanced in its worthy and warm portrayal of sailor and humanist Alex Rust. Runtime is 1:25 hours.
To be continued...