I have been sailing for 25 years. When I first got my sailing license at the age of 16, I knew that one day I would sail around the world. Which route? Through the Northwest Passage of course!
My first experience as a skipper was on the IJsselmeer. Next came numerous trips around the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean with crews drawn from my circle of friends. The goal was still clear – at the age of 30 I would buy a boat and sail around the world with it. Sure enough, in 2017 a beautiful 17 year young Bavaria 42 got a new owner, captain and was renamed: Ju Mar.
Why sail through the Northwest Passage? Quite simply because it is one of the most inhospitable landscapes on the planet – it is only navigable for two months of the year. Challenge accepted! I want to face this adventure. Kitesurfing between ice floes, what a dream! Climate change will dramatically change this region in the near future. I want to sail the passage before it is too late and Greenland truly becomes a green land.