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Sailing the Balearic Sea with 10 random people

My personal highlight: 10 random chosen people feeling like a family on a 15 meters long yacht enjoying the beauty and power of the Balearic sea.

When it comes to choose how to spend summer holidays I love to go for an adventure trip on a sailing boat. I experience the sea as a space to feed my soul and mind with fresh energy.

A journey on a sailing boat offers all the unexpected you desire. You have tranquility on one hand, while out in the middle of the sea listening to the sound of the waves. You follow the sun and admire the huge red glowing ball setting down at the horizon every night. It’s my favorite live TV channel on board! On the other hand, you depend on the power of the weather and nature deciding the intensity of the journey. This combination gives you the extra portion of excitement if the sea gets rough.

On top of that you have the crew. We were 10 people on our yacht. Sounds a lot but worked perfectly. Taking care about each other felt like being on a trip with a family.

Our boat was a solid, comfortable yacht from the boat-builder JeanneauSUN ODYSSEY 509 with a length of 15.38 meter, 5 cabins. 2 cabins even had an own toilet!

How 1o random chosen people manage well together on only 15 meters

I guess what united our spirits on board was the pleasure of enjoying the moment of peace out in the deep blue sea. Everybody detached from the daily routine left at home very fast.
Sailing can mean anchoring in a bay, staying away from busy harbors, sleeping on deck admiring a sky full of stars or waking up in the morning for jumping into the sea before breakfast on deck.

When all of this is given, you don’t really have arguments to feel stressed. And yes, the chemistry between people can even contribute to a relaxed atmosphere on board, too.

What you need on board is good music and good food. This gives the extra chilling feeling!

How to find a sailing boat?

Back in 2014 I walked to the Marina of Bali and found my crew directly there. This option requires time and flexibility. An other option is to get a yacht by having a skipper friend.
If all of that is not the case, here is the solution: Book your holiday with Join the Crew. They are experienced in organizing this kind of trips, great people included. Their choice of sailing destinations is excellent.
Caribbean Sea, Seychelles, Thailand and plenty of destinations in Europe as Greece, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France and the Baltic sea. Find more details here. They have access to modern yachts and skilled skippers.

Sailing from Palma to Formentera and back

Our trip started in Palma de Mallorca. We sailed to Ibiza and Formentera where crystal clear waters waited to be discovered . The longest leg From Palma to Ibiza was about 12 hours. Kind of challenging but for sailing lovers a real adventure. For your first sailing trip it may be more ideal to choose a destination with a less long sailing leg. On our trip we anchored in marvelous bays. If we wer in the mood of touching a bit of land it was fun to take our dinghy boat and get a refreshing cocktail at a beach bar!

What about the costs?

A week of sailing in the Mediterranean Sea costs around 800 Euros. (food on board and diesel incl., excl. flights).

The sailing week in a glimpse, useful hints

  • Check in advance how strong your stomach, try a day trip on a lake or sea. Bring some seasick medicines or use the sea band, they seem to work well. More details on that product here.
  • Bring your favorite music playlists, you will get home with new followers!
  • Bring life stories to share with your friends on board
  • Share your recipes and cooking skills, keep it simple.
  • Once at the harbor, create a shopping list with your crew and go shopping together for your week on board. Create teams and focus on your strengths! Buy some junk food, sweets and alcohol, you are on holiday!
  • Be prepared for the unexpected, bring patience and flexibility. Sometimes you have strong winds, and you are active on the boat. Some days you have weak wind and you enjoy chilling on deck.
  • Bring your sleeping bag if you love to sleep on deck. It can get chilly at nights.
  • Don’t forget your rain jacket, yes, it can get stormy!
  • Adapt to the natural move of the waves and let yourself swing into sleep.

Need some inspiration on what to cook on board? Read my article of Greece sailing 2016!

Find more stories about my travels here and get inspired. See you out there somewhere.

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Restaurant & Hotel Murtaröl Silsersee

sailing silsersee

Are you traveling in the Engadin Alps of Switzerland and hungry? Maybe in the mood of enjoying fresh sea food up on 1800 m altitude?

For family and romantic couples

The restaurant Murtaröl in Plaun da Lej. It is located at the Lake of Sils in the Engadin Alps. Murtaröl is one of the best seafood places all around the Engadin not far from St. Moritz. You can sail on the lake in the morning, get a fish soup for lunch, take a hike in the afternoon and come back for a great family dinner in the evening with some sea food pasta.

The place is not only famous for the sea food, they have a large selection of fresh fish, shellfish, mussels, oysters and mollusks. You will love it! If you like vongole, the soup will amaze you! The place is also a hotel and has cozy rooms for an overnight. I absolutely recommend it.

www.plaundalej.ch

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Waterlove: back to sealife in Greece

Sailing boosts me with energy. It opens horizons and gives me mental freedom

How easy is it to find a sailing boat without reservation?

After all of my city exploration in Asia I knew my next journey would be on a boat.
How easy is it to find a sailing boat? Very easy of course. You need positive will, fantasy and good communication skills.
I created an account on www.crewseekers.net after a few emails and a bit of research the right boat found me.
Naguib from Egypt hosted me 10 days. We were 5 people on board, the skipper, his girlfriend a friend of Naguib and an other guy from crewseeker.
The boat was a IMX 40, a racer named baraka! Looking back to my experience I have to say, that I appreciated much the time spend on that boat, it’s a school of life. Of course my main reason to be there was sailing.

I love following the wind

I love colorful sunsets, everyone seems different and particular. Cooking on board is challenging but great fun, too. You learn to mix everything that you find in your board fridge!
On such a small space you get to know people very fast, I enjoyed the great talks and philosophizing about life and made experiences.
Once in a while you also get to dance on deck or listening to someone playing the guitar.
The highlight of the morning is waking up with the sunrise and jumping into the fresh water to get awake.
Isn’t this sounding dreamful?

Some easy recipes to cook on board:

  • avocado bread
  • fresh fruit salad
  • greek salad
  • nuts as snacks in between to give you power
  • risotto
  • spaghetti à la empty the fridge

plus: dine out and explore the fresh seafood of the area!

Sailing in Greece

Greece is an astonishing destination for sailing. You are surrounded by islands with turquoise clear waters, memorable bays to anchor, lovely local people and excellent fresh seafood.
We sailed around Rhodes up to Cos, this is all around the Aegean sea. What I absolutely recommend are the Cyclades Islands and the Ionian Islands, too. Plan at least 2 weeks!
Thank you baraka and team for the safe journey!
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