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Helena is now for sale! correction: SOLD!

In Voyages on 02/11/2014 at 15:29

Listing 2 Click here -> Check out our dedicated sale website at!<-  After our return to Amsterdam, we discovered that we hardly have the time to enjoy Helena anymore. Since she is really outfitted for long term cruising, it would be so much better for her to actually cruise the world’s oceans instead of sitting in a marina in Amsterdam. Therefore we have put Helena up for sale. You can find all information about Helena and the sale on our sale website at Helena has kept us safe in hard times, has given us freedom as we had never known before, was a trusted companion and has thoroughly enjoyed the world’s greatest oceans and the best cruising grounds. It saddens us to let her go, but it gives us joy to know that another owner may be able to take her out again to where she belongs. The seven seas of the world! Read the rest of this entry »

SY Helena is going home

In Voyages on 17/09/2013 at 15:11


Due to the new fatherhood, Rolf was unable to take Helena home from the Canary Islands. Therefore, in September 2013, Rolf handed Helena over to his trusted friends, Markus, Peter and Marga. This is of course not something to be taken lightly and 1 full week of briefings preceded the passage to Northern Europe. The following is the assembled triplog from the Canary Islands all the way to Brest, France, where Rolf, Baziel and Roel took over and brought Helena home, to Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

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Closing the circle

In Voyages on 02/05/2013 at 12:59

0420 Dakar to Gran Canaria

On December 4th 2009 Helena started her first Ocean crossing from Gran Canaria. Now, over three years later, she’s made it!!! Now Helena, and Rolf, can honestly and proudly say they joined the ranks of world circumnavigators, a sailing feat first achieved in 1522 by the Magellan-Elcano expedition.

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Ascension Island to Dakar

In Voyages on 08/04/2013 at 17:24

0408 Ascension Island to DakarHelena has made it to the Northern Hemisphere! Rolf, Bart and Magda left anchorage at Ascension Island on March 28th and, after a pleasant trip with much better winds then expected, arrived in Dakar, Senegal on April 8th. They’ll stay there for a few days to refuel and resupply and wait (hope) for good winds to the Canaries. Below you’ll find the daily updates of their trip. Read the rest of this entry »

Video of Indian Ocean crossing

In Voyages on 01/03/2013 at 17:00

Maurizio made this wonderful video of Helena crossing the Indian Ocean. Thank you so much for letting us share this on our site!

Back on the Atlantic

In Voyages on 28/02/2013 at 18:00

0322 Cape Town to Ascencion IslandA little over three years after her first crossing, Helena is back on the Atlantic Ocean. Destination: Canary Islands. On February 28th Rolf, Bart and Marga left Cape Town for the first leg to Ascension Island.

Friday 22 March

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Rounding the Cape

In Voyages on 26/02/2013 at 11:13

CapeMonday 18 February

Local time: 22.15 Position: Capetown, Course overthere, speed not much kts, True Wind speed whatever

We’ve done it! We’ve rounded the Cape of Good Hope, although we’re still unsure of which part actually is “The Cape”. Since we’re in Cape Town now and the atlas says that Cape Town is on the Atlantic, we’re pretty sure we must have passed it by at some point… Read the rest of this entry »

Addo Elephant Park

In Voyages on 14/02/2013 at 11:15

Addo Elephant Park 1
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Happy Birthday Rolf

In Voyages on 07/02/2013 at 18:52

Bird rescue in Durban

In Voyages on 30/11/2012 at 13:05

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This morning we were overwhelmed by a massive thunderstorm at the anchorage in front of the Durban Point Yachtclub. This storm was an extraordinary one since the winds were upto 50 knots and we have witnessed about 30 lightning strikes around the anchorage of which several were within 100 meters of the ship. It is a small wonder that none of the yachts here suffered a direct strike!!!

As soon as the worst weather had passed over, we discovered that one of the yachts had been dragging on the anchor and was about to run into a large buoy behind it. Since it was clear that no one was on board, we immediately went over there with our dinghy to see if there was anything we could do.

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