S/V Solar Planet

Beneteau Idylle 15,5

07 October 2018
04 August 2018
02 August 2018
07 April 2018 | Almerimar, Spain
05 December 2017 | Almerimar, Andaluce, Spain
19 October 2017 | Puerto America ,Cadiz, Spain
25 August 2017 | Isla St. Maria, Azores
07 August 2017 | Terceira, Praia da Victoria
04 June 2017 | St.Georges
25 April 2017 | Berry Island, Bullock Harbour
24 April 2017 | Bimini Islands
19 January 2017 | Sarasota bay
05 December 2016 | Sarasota Bay
23 March 2016 | Puerto Ferro, Vieques, P. Rico
10 March 2016
30 December 2015
24 December 2015
24 December 2015

Menorca 08/09 - 2018

07 October 2018
Katrin
Hi Sailors , Friends and Family

From Mallorca we sailed 35 nm to the smaller Island Menorca. Menorca's sailing area is more original. It can be circled in about 85 nm and has more than 1.000 anchorages. The prevailing winds are N, E and Mistral. The north coast can be very rough by Mistral. There are 2 safe ports that can be run at night and in any weather. The capital city of Mahon to the east and Ciutadella to the west. We sailed from east to south coast. Also here as on the other Balearic Islands we found good anchorages in sand ground. To protect the seagrass , called posidonia oceanica it's forbidden to anchor direct in it. We both knew Menorca already, but to experience from seaside it was different and beautiful. We changed our plan to sail to Sardinia. You know: " sailor's plans are written in the sand by low tide." Solar Planet will stay in Mallorca/Puerto Pollensa over winter time.

Hasta la vista , los vagabundos del mar. Katrin & Swen

Malloca 07/08 - 2018

04 August 2018
Katrin
From Ibiza we sailed via Formentera to Mallorca, daytrip about 51 nm . Meanwhile we could see both islands at the same time, which ist rather rare because of the humidity. In Mallorca we anchored the first time in Santa Ponsa Bay, safe anchorage and acces to land with the dinghy and not fare from Palma. We reported to Swen's "old friends" who organized meetings, cooked delicious paella, invited us to BBQ on their finca and much more. One day we spent at Renate's Donkey Finca (Eselfinca-Mallorca), also an "old girlfriend of Swen. No, we are not ridden although the donkey tours are not only very popular with children. With love Reante has built up a magnificent Finca in a wonderful landscape where donkeys, horses, pot belly pig named" Schnitzel", peacocks, geese, chickens, goats, birds, dogs and cat live in a peaceful atmosphere. I hope I forgot nobody. We thank all our friends for their great and warm hospitility and we enjoyed a lot the reunions after so many years not seeing each other. Keep in touch. To see glimpse of the beautiful Island look Gallery for Album Mallorca. Also we updated Album Ibiza-Formentera, Italy/Tuscany and Andalusia. Enjoy ­čśŹ

Italy/Tuscany 07-2018

02 August 2018
Katrin
Wedding of Oliver and Vanessa in Gambassi Terme/Tuscany. The wedding took place on a beautiful estate. Many friends and family spent several days together to celebrate the festive event. It was a great time special for me :-) . Even we know Tuscany it was fantastic again. We visted Voltera, Vinci, Lucca and of course Pisa.

Ibiza/Formenter 05-06-07 2018

01 August 2018
Katrin
Hi, here we are again. In the last few months we spent a wonderful relaxing time on Ibiza and her little sister island Formentera. The weather was delightful, light winds and not to hot and the water was refreshing. Of course we rented a car on Ibiza and made several Island Tours. We were here many years before, without our boat. It was interessting to see the development. More houses, villas, roads in a very good condition, new marinas and protected areas for the Posidonia Oceanica - moorings are located in these zones. Formentera is known for it's famouse Platja Illetats. Depending on the wind we anchored on the west or east side. Not only we enjoyed this great anchorage, so we had also a varied entertainment program. On Formentera we rented a scooter. This island is particularly popular with Italiens and so we were able to fly from Ibiza to Pisa and celebrate the wedding of son Oliver and Vanessa in Tuscany, while our ship was on the hook in Sant Antoni. Check Ibiza/Formentera Album for pictures and enjoy ­čśŐ

Puerto Cartagena Spain

09 May 2018
Hi,

We left Almerimar on the 05.05.2018, at 11.00

We arrived to Catagena at the 06.05. at 06.30 and entered the Club Nautique Cartagena.

On Sunday, as we wanted to leave by monday to Ibiza , we changed the engine oil and filter. By the check engine run we noted a dripping from the water cooled exhaust manifold elbow.
A hole in that , by now 32 year old part, we ordert the new part by perkins in the UK, will be here by the end of the week.

Ibiza has to wait untill that has been fixed, meanwile we will enjoy Cartagena, well old town.

Hasta la vista , los vagabundos del mar Katrin & Swen

We're late again..but back to Spain...

07 April 2018 | Almerimar, Spain
Swen, good
Hi guys..

Germany where nice, a little snow, seen the family, visitid some x mas markets, mainly at Cologne and left again for Andaluz, Almerimar, over Lisboa and Malaga, before the cold came to Germany.

Here the weather in the past 2,5 month where as well not perfect, lots of winds and snow in the Sierra, but way better than in Germany.

We visited some friends, had a rentel for 9 weeks, did some nice trips again and now we getting ready the ship for moving on north, first to Carthagena, then the Balear Islands.

I thing in 2 weeks were leaving from here.

By the way, we finished all picture albums, still working on some text, but all album's are ready, yeahhhhhhh. In total 76 Albums made on the 10 year trip !

Hasta la vista Amigos, los Vagabundos del mar


Katrin and Swen

We leave for X mas to Germany

05 December 2017 | Almerimar, Andaluce, Spain
Good
Hi,

The weather is beautiful here at Almerimar, but we will leafe to Germany for 6 weeks.

Our flight is on Friday, Solar Planet will be here well mored at the harbour of Almerimar.

We managed some work on the ship, made some trips in the area, some doctor apointments and now preparing us for the journey.

We wish everybody a nice and peaceful X mas time and coming back online by the end of January 2019.

Los Vagbundos del mar Katrin &Swen

Cádiz, Spain

19 October 2017 | Puerto America ,Cadiz, Spain
HI,

On the 06.10. we left Lanzarote, Canarian Islands, direction Agadir, South Marocco, were we arived on the 07.10. at 11.30 am.

The trip where ok, calm winds, under engine most of the time.

The weather window gave us 5 days until Friday to follow on to the street of Gibraltar, we rented a car and made a nice round trip over Marrakesch, the great Atlas mountain and back to Agadir with 3 nights in Hotels on the way.

On Friday the 13.10 we started our trip to Tangier. Arriving at the street of Gibraltar, 16.10, the wind changed dramatic from east, Tangier where no option any more.
We crossed the street of Gibraltar with up to 40 knots. winds and hit for Cadiz, the beautiful Old Spanish town , where we arrived on 14.10. at 04.00 am.

Here we will made on other round trip and stay until the right winds coming up to enter the Med.

Nice greetings to all, los vagabundos del mar, Katrin and Swen

St. Maria , Vila do Porto, Azores

25 August 2017 | Isla St. Maria, Azores
Swen. good
Dear Family, Friends , Sailors,and Followers,

the day is here that we hit back to the real Europe, to the Med.

After visiting seven of the nine Azores Islands, we will go on tomorrow to the strait of Gibraltar. The wind looks good for the first 750 NM ,to Cabo Sebastian, and than down the Algarve and Andalucia on other 237 NM distance to the Ape rock, Gibraltar.

The visit to the islands here were really a nice surprise by many reasons, that is why we spent so long time .

I know, still many pictures are missing, but I promisse, as soon we are in the Med I will start with that.

At the moment we like to inform you all, that we are on the way to the Med, it will be around six to seven days to San Sebastian, the rest depending where we stop over on the way.

The sailing vessel " YNot " is still with us, G├╝nter and Ute are in a good mood as well, we did all island tours together," Wilma " by the way is already back at L├╝beck.

Hasta la Vista Amigos, los Vagabundos del Mar Swen and Katrin

Terceira - Azores

07 August 2017 | Terceira, Praia da Victoria
OK
HI,

yes we are still on the way to the Med !

As you know, we left Miami to travel to Bahamas. During the time at Miami, we left as well per aireplain to spend 5 days at Cuba.

After sailed to several islands in the Bahamas, we left from Nassau to sail to the Bermudas. Before we contacted " Y Not ", G├╝nter and Ute, they were on the way as well to the Azores Islands from the Caribbean.

We needed seven days for the trip and arrived at St. George , Bermudas on the 04.06. to meet there as well with "Y Not ".

On the 22.06. , after seeing the American Cup competition we left St. George together with S/V Y Not and S/V Wilma for the Azores and arrived there , in the Island Flores , on the 06.07. in the Bay of Fajal, Flores.

After Flores we visited the Islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge and Terceira, where we are at the moment.

The Azores became a very nice surprise for us , extreme nice islands, we traveled by car or scooter over every island, good food, nice people and super landscape.

At the moment we have to wait until the 12 or 13 of August for favorable good winds to sail to Sao Miguel, from where we like to leave the Azores to Gibraltar.

I know, there a lots of pictures we have to bring in, starting from the last islands of Caribbean Florida, Cuba, Bahamas, Bermudas and the Azores. But there are so many , we working on it, but having not enough time at the moment.

When we leaving the Azores for Gibraltar we send one other blog, until then we wish everyone a nice time and good weather,

ps. I promise more details when we having more time......


los Vagabundos del Mar Katrin and Swen

Arrival Bermudas, St. Georges

04 June 2017 | St.Georges
Good
At 18.00 wie arrived at St. Georges, Bermudas, Anchorages.

Berry Islands

25 April 2017 | Berry Island, Bullock Harbour
Swen
Against the wind..., no lovely trip

Bimini, Bahamas

24 April 2017 | Bimini Islands
Swen
After a long waiting secion ( weather) we are at the Bahamas.....

Four weeks Florida

19 January 2017 | Sarasota bay
Good
Hi,

Three weeks we are anchoring now here in the bay of Sarasota and enjoing that a lot.

The weather is nice , some cold nights we had, but in general great, we visiting friends , lots of restaurants and bars we like , working here and there on the ship to make her ready for the trip to the Med later in spring and hanging up , yust great.

I like Sarasota and the sorrounding still much. With the rental we are independing and having a great time.

By the way..... The tracking and pictures as well oll other parts of the homepage are updated and working again.....From the Carrabian trip some Islands and pictures still to come.

Haste la Vista Amigos, los Vagabundos del Mar

Swen & Katrin

News to Christmas....

05 December 2016 | Sarasota Bay
Good
Hi,

as we didn┬┤t send a lot of information in the last couple of months, we thought this one letter to Christmas will do it.

With the last information in March you know, we were at Puerto Rico. We sailed from there to Haiti, Ile Vache, Katis birthday we spend there , got some fuel and left then with direction Miami.
As we got the weather information reliable only for the first days, by the time , only 70 miles to Miami, we run into a big front with thousand of thunders.

After the big thunder front, of course like always at night time , the wind changed from one moment to the next from bow ,30 kn, and we turned around 180 degree,
direction Cuba !

We had only one way, left the Bahama bank, on the right one other big sand bank . After 18 hours the wind started to calm down and shifted. As we just were at the end of the Key west banks, we set course to Key West, were we landed finely one day later by early morning..... what a ride !!!

We spent 3 beautiful days over the weekend at Key West, and left than for Fort Meyers, Golf of Mexico, the west coast from Florida, to enter the inter coastal waterway on the west side of Florida with the pointing to Sarasota. Water was very shallow all the way, even way more in the waterway, but we did the trip in 2 days and landed safely by Venice Island near Sarasota.

Around there we spent all together 6 weeks, visited some friends, who living there the year round, many restaurants , bars and other locations, I haven┬┤t been for 12 years, before I did had a house there for several years, which was home always during the winter months.

We decided to leave the ship in Florida for the upcoming hurricane season to spend the summer in Germany. We found a little harbor on the inter coastal near Port Charlotte, west side Florida.

Therefore, when hurricane Mathew past by, he passed at the east coast.

Well, we landed at D├╝sseldorf by mid June and activated house, car and motorcycle, visited lots of friends and family in the area, harvested our cherries from the two cherry trees and invested, almost until this week, a lot of time and work in the garden. I enjoyed that a lot after the years on the ship.

My birthday we spent together with Ute and G├╝nter from S/V "Y Not " they stayed with us over night.

Several nice bike and car trips with beautiful weather throughout most of August, September and October into the surrounding mountains , Eifel and N├╝rburgring.

Twenty fourth and fifths of September Ivy and Martin from Singapore visited us and we did some nice trips with them as well, vine harvest season was there all ready.

By the twenty ninths of October we left for Berlin, spent 10 days there, visiting a lot of friends. Theater, Variety and Satire Theater were part of the game as always, two friends and family to visit on the way back to Bonn.

Coming back from Berlin we enjoyed still the garden by mostly nice weather and went to the first opening Christmas markets .

Next Sunday we fly back to the ship from D├╝sseldorf, to spend x mas time and new year around Sarasota.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas, our minds well be with you, where ever you are, and a healthy 2017.

Los Vagabundos del Mar Katrin & Swen

It is about time again......

23 March 2016 | Puerto Ferro, Vieques, P. Rico
Swen. good
Hi,

like always, the time is running and not enough time for the blogs.

A little in - between , resume from the Caribbean travel.

At the moment we are at Puerto Rico, on one the the two Islands in front of the mainland Puerto Rico, coming from south, Vieques, before we visited Culebra, both as well named as the " Spanish Virgin Islands".

Sailing up the whole chain of islands, from Trinidad / Tobago started the Windward Islands , Grenada, Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and then the Leeward Islands, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St.Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin ( St. Marteen ), Anguilla ,The British Virgin Island and the US VI were interesting , and from the sailing site a nice ride; very nice as well as the distances between the islands are mostly between 20 and 60 NM, by 70 % you see the next island already.

All of the Islands having their own character, their own feelings and flavors.

Not only if they are political independence , or a territories of a origin European Country, the way they chose to live there lifes , open up more to tourism or not, the different ways were more than interesting.

Water quality , by more clear or not, corals in quantity and quality were as different as well.

Lots of pictures has been taken and it will take us a while until we worked thru to all and set them in the galleries.

Lets start with our point of views to the different island groups :

After Grenada, like Tobago and Trinidad is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar the currency , as well as in the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, Antigua and Anguilla, all those island are independence , but still with one British governor, are the Grenadines which we liked most.
Nice clear water, friendly people and not to expensive.

Dominica and Kitts and Nevis are not so much open to the tourism , and there are the places where we watched most for steeling and dinghy security. But some of the bays were unspoiled and unique by landscape, good restaurants and bars are rear.

Kitts and Nevis not so good anchorages, people were mostly nice ,as there are part of Netherlands Antilles, but a bit different in the atmosphere.

St.Lucia were some good, clear waters, not many corals, much more touristic as the other places, and as well much more variety by restaurants, bars etc.

The three french Islands were the best if it comes to Supermarket, Restaurants, and things for the ship, spare parts, service etc.
In Martinique we changed our battery bank, the old batteries were 6,3 years old, from San Francisco.

Nice bays and beaches as well on those islands, the villages belong to the beaches or bays more with a french Mediterranean feeling , water clearness not so good.
Currency is the Euro, except the Netherlands part of St. Martin, US Dollar there.

In all french island we hired as well cars or scouters to explore the islands over land.

We liked it a lot there, in St. Martin we did as well the annual ship out hull and ruder repair.

We spent Christmas at Guadeloupe, Deshaies and New Year in Antigua, English Harbor.

With Anguilla and than the BVI and US VI the water quality become very good again, as well as snorkeling and coral reefs.

In the BVIs of course, nice beaches and bays, but tons of charter boats, everywhere and in quantities, as well in the US VI.

Here in the Puerto Rico we like it a lot as well. US standard but more south american mentality , relax, much less charter tourism , clear waters and partying a lot with nice atmosphere.

Hasta la vista Amigos

Los Vagabundos del Mar

Swen & Katrin




US VI , St.Thomas

10 March 2016
Hi,

We upgrated all our positions from the last weeks, a complete report from our activities and views is coming in the next day's.

Los Vagabundos del Mar

Swen & Katrin

English Harbour, Antigua

30 December 2015
Hi,

As we spend Xmas still in Guadeloupe, we left for New Year to Antigua.
English Harbour with lots os Superyachts and Crews will be a great location for a wild NY Party at Nelsons Boatyard.

Happy NY to all our friends and family , antill 2016.......


Los Vagabundos del Mar, Swen & Katrin

Bay Deshais - Guadeloupe

24 December 2015
Hi,

To all our familys friends and fellow sailors from Guadeloupe the best x- mas wishings....

KATRIN & SWEN

Bay Deshais - Guadeloupe

24 December 2015
Hi,

To all our familys friends and fellow sailors from Guadeloupe the best x- mas wishings....

KATRIN & SWEN
Vessel Name: Solar Planet
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Idylle 15,5
Hailing Port: Bonn - Germany
Crew: Swen & Katrin
About:
01.04.2009 Katrin is by the start 49 years young, physiotherapist , mother of four and lived until two years ago, in the town of Bonn, Bad Godesberg near Cologne in Germany. In the " Sailing World " she is a greenhorn. [...]
Extra:
The Vessel : Sloop, Beneteau Idylle 15.5 built in 1986. The roller furling main and mast as well as the rolling furling system for genua and staysail are from 1992. The Idylle series has been built by Beneteau only for some years, in which there wanted to compare in the market with Cruising [...]
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