Starting from Marina Baltica in Travemünde, GER, we sailed to Neustadt today after cruising through the bay of Lübeck with moderate speed. On board, a crew of five, with two guys never having sailed before, and our really cool and relaxed skipper Udo. Past the security introduction, we started driving in circles to get used to the boat. I was the last one on the rudder and after about 30 seconds Udo screamed “man over board”. Facing some initial confusion, I remembered at last how to deal with it. Luckily, Baltic Seas temperature is still 17C and the man was just a buoy. I can tell you, I did not see that coming but Udo knows I’ll take the practical exam and week and threw me in for an early teaser.
Our Yacht is a Bavaria 42 with a Salden Rigg and a furling mainsail. I was quite surprised tough, with only 10 knots of wind, we reached a speed over ground of 7,3 knots and I doubt there was any stream involved. Wind was bad, but its been a nice and warm sunny September day.
After quite some maneuvers, we berthed directly in front of Klüvers brewery – and their season special: a red beer with a strong fruit flavor … Perfect!
Wind forecast for tomorrow is 25 – 30 knots with gusts up to 40; is gonna be a fun ride 🙂 lets see how fast the Bavaria can go and how well the boats reacts when we put in the reef by furling the mainsail into the mast.