Hello, Alexander here with a quick introduction to our plans sailing the Mediterranean sea in the summer of 2018. This is a blog about our travels with Fitz Roy a Hallberg Rassy 36 which I bought and refitted in 2017 in Greece.
The plan was to take her sailing for an extended and indefinite time in a year or two. But of course I got myself in trouble with another lady shortly after I got the boat. Luckily Paula agreed to come aboard and is just as fascinated of any kind of adventures as myself. Her only term: we have to go now!
I am very much fascinated by nature and mountains but most of all sailing and the oceans with it’s adjacent land and people. The more I think and learn about sailing and the oceans, the more I’m starting to see our planet as a very small and fragile place that is worth seeing and exploring in a slow and sustainable way. Exploration is everywhere these days. We are in a race to find the last wild places at any cost. Our grand parents are voyaging in floating cities to Antarctica. Bouldering in South Africa and skiing in Japan is a daily routine for the kids. All advertised and sponsored by the worlds top brands like National Geographic and North Face or Patagonia who presumably care for our planet and even educated us and produce sustainable. This is where it crosses my world.
At the time I am 32 years old and have worked for an adverting film production company as a producer. I studied graphic design and advertising and have spent roughly 10 years of my life in the industry. I feel that now is the time to change my lifestyle and that now is the time to inspire others to do so. From a very young age my dad told me stories of his travels around the globe back in the days. He is to blame for nurturing such a restless soul in me. And he is to thank for making me wonder and go out to find all these places on and off in the past years. I want to explore locally but I still want to see the world and explore new places. By living on a sailboat I am always local, where ever I go, I got there on my own and I had to choose those places wisely. Contrary to popular advertising mantra I believe that the earth is not a playground.
Fitz Roy is our home. It’s a 1992 Hallberg Rassy 36, it currently lies in Greece where it was refitted in the summer of 2017. I have done most of the work by myself and had amazing support from local carpenters and electricians whom I can’t thank enough for their friendship and outstanding work.
Paula and I will set sail for the Med and the Atlantic this spring after quitting our jobs earlier this year. We have not decided on a definite route and will go mostly with the wind but generally west.
Follow along to learn more about sailing, maintenance, nice food, Greek islands and a Mediterranean summer trip at 6 knots.
Say hello, we love hearing from you!