Grow Sailing – Page 2 – Travelling around the world with two little kids
 

WELCOME!

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!

 
 

SINA

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.

BENNY

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.

KYELL

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.

IDA

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.

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NOMAD

Beneteau Oceanis 473 - model: 2003
Length: 47 ft / 14.30 m
Sail area: 915 ft / 85 m²
Engine: 65 HP Perkins Diesel
Generator: 9 kw Onan
Diesel: 62 gal / 235 l
Water: 222 gal / 840 l
 
We are setting sail to indulge ourselves in new cultures, countries and beautiful scenery as we're travelling from NJ, USA to Hamburg, Germany. We'll take the long route going west, instead of the direct route crossing the North Atlantic. We won't make an exact plan, but follow a few guiding principals which will give us flexibility to enjoy the tour at its fullest. That way, we'll have plenty of time when we want it, and can "get the hell outta here" as called for. There is still a gap for the final stretch which we'll think about along the way.
Start slow
Although we will have lived on board for about 5 month before we start, we will ease slowly into our new lives. That means short distances, possibly no overnight sails at first and little exposure to potentially uncomfortable conditions. We’ll sail down New Jersey shore, sail through Delaware and Chesapeake Bay to take the ICW (Intercoastal Waterway) - an inland waterway - in Norfolk, VA all the way south to Florida. Unfortunately, we will have to motor for great parts, need to hand steer and keep an eagles eye out for water depth but won’t have any swell or major waves, can drop the hook anytime and take a break as long as we want in return.
Follow trade winds and currents where possible

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.

Stay away from hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

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.

Dodge pirate areas

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.

Episodes

Welcome on board our journey that we're sharing with you on YouTube!
Join our highs and lows, joy and misery as we're getting ready to travel around the world on a sailboat with our two little kids.
 

Chapter I
Becoming Liveaboards

We're buying a 47' sailboat in the Caribbean and sail it all the way to New Jersey, USA. We're refitting and outfitting the boat for our world tour to come, until we finally say goodbye to land life and become full-time liveaboards.

Watch now

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Blog

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.