New Reefing System Trialed

After some delay we finally managed to modify our new sail for the reefing system. We have designed an innovative system using a long zipper parallel to the trailing edge of the sail. In strong winds the aft part of the sail is simply zipped of. It works well so far but time will tell whether this is manageable in high winds and swell or not. We will keep you posted!

Sail cut in two to sew in the zipper. Weird feeling to take scissors and cut a nice new sail!
Zipper is on, quite difficult with the small sewing machine.
First test sail with the zipper in. The wrinkles disappear in anything above 5 kn of wind.

Proasis on TV

Proasis is going to be on TV! German public broadcaster NDR will air a documentation featuring our climate change work with the Proasis Project. You can watch it on the 18th of March at primetime and as repetition on the 24th March at 15:00.

Proasis team busy with filming.

For more information visit the website of the broadcaster: https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/die_nordstory/Traumboote-Bootstraeume,sendung1232416.html

The documentation is part of a series called “Nordstory”. A stream will be available on demand at the ARD Mediathek:

https://www.ardmediathek.de/sendung/die-nordstory/Y3JpZDovL25kci5kZS8xNDk1

Fire at WAM

Despite the War in Europe we have more sad news unfortunately. Waan Aelon in Majel, the organization in the Marshall Islands we support, burned down last night. Fortunately, nobody was harmed but both workshops, the canoe house, most of the tools, the entire office, old artifacts and multiple canoes were destroyed.

This is a heavy loss for the Marshall Islands and the hole world. In the past 30 years WAM has not only trained hundreds of young people in traditional arts and life-skills, WAM also documented canoe sailing and is a key institution for the transitioning to low carbon shipping by combining indigenous knowledge and modern science. We had just rebuilt and renovated large parts of the WAM campus to host more workshops for canoe building.

The WAM family is like a second home to us. It is impossible to bring back the things that were lost to the flames but we do not leave or WAM family behind! Please help us to finance the most crucial reconstruction! If every one gives a few bucks we can rebuilt WAM together. You can donate on gofundme:

https://gofund.me/b0f71447

How to anchor all year long

As you might know we keep proasis anchored all the time. This year we didn’t even winterized her. That means we also have to face serious gale-force storms once in awhile. Such a storm with gusts up to 62 kn will hit us tonight.

This is how we prepare for such a forecast but also some general things to keep in mind when dropping the anchor:

  • Have a look at the forecast all the time! Its easier to be prepared if you know whats coming.
  • Pick the right spot. The right location is crucial for staying safe at anchor. Look for protection from wind and swell. Its also important to to find a shallow place with good anchor ground such as sand or mud.
  • Use the right anchor gear for your boat and spot. We use a 12 kg plough anchor with 10 m chain, a 20 kg chain weight and 5 m rope (bridle to each bow).
  • Chain-weights are very effective to keep the chain down and keep the anchor fast. They also reduce the swinging motion often associated to multihulls.
  • Reduce windage: with strong wind on the forecast we put the mast down (30 sec work).