We're Sina, Benny, Kyell and Ida, a German travel-hungry family of four, preparing to sail around the world.
With relatively little sailing experience, we've bought a sailboat, a Beneteau Oceanis 473, in the Caribbean and sailed her up to New Jersey, USA. Selected with our dream to sail around the world in mind, we are currently preparing "Nomad" and us for our adventurous journey.
Come and see the world through our eyes - raw and unscripted - and join us on the adventure of our lifetime!
I love sailing in flat seas... !
Est. 1985 in Germany - Sina's second name is "Provisioning". She's supplying our family with all the consumable awesomeness a heart desires and keeps our health up. She's got a bit of a sensible stomach at sea but otherwise a steadfast sailor.
Moin, sunshine... !
Est. 1981 in Germany - Benny is our engineer on board. He'll fix whatever breaks and usually pretends to know what he's doing. He enjoys the "scarcely" occurring challenges of boating and likes to keep on the sunny side of life.
I'm the Käpt'n, alright... !
Est. 2016 in USA - Kyell didn't have much of a choice when we dragged him onto Nomad at four month and sailed with him to Puerto Rico at six month. He claimed his rank on day one and is enjoying every bit of it. Kyell loves rolling towards beautiful sunsets.
Princess on deck... !
Est. 2018 in USA - Ida has yet to find out what sailing is all about. As long as she's treated like a princess, she'll smile all day long and will very likely enjoy it. She's looking for lovely company, her favorite food, good view and vantage point for crawling around.
We’ll settle for trade wind sailing once we reached the Lesser Antilles. The trades are winds predominantly blowing 20-25 knots east to west around 10° - 30° in latitude from the equator. Will keep them close to our stern for smooth downwind sailing. We’ll also look out for local currents and streams for additional push in the right direction E.g. there are many currents in the Caribbean that have quite an influence on comfort on board.
We don’t like strong winds, especially hurricanes and the like. Having lived on the US east coast for a couple of years, we’ve seen what those deadly forces can do. Annual storm seasons are roughly July to November in the northern hemisphere and November to April in the southern half of our planet. We’ll sure stay the hell out of those areas during season and cruise elsewhere e.g. an extended period in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, piracy has become a major problem even for small sailing vessels in certain areas. We would love to cross the Suez Canal back to the Mediterranean for instance but that is currently far too dangerous. There are other local piracy phenomena as well. So, we will generally keep a good eye out for piracy developments and avoid those areas.
Find more information, pictures and videos in our blog from our time prior to Nomad as well as new articles as we sail along. You can filter by categories such as Cuisine, Destinations, DIY, Equipment & Clothing, Kids on Board, Maintenance and Passage making. You are welcome to add to our blog by adding comments, share your experience directly to the posts and ask questions.