Our new sail is finally ready to take it out on the water! So far we are very pleased with the shape and the performance. The reefing system is not yet installed, testing the shape first was more important. It will follow later, stay tuned!
Proasis was featured in a documentary about special boats by German public broadcaster NDR recently. You can watch it in full length on Youtube:
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.
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:
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).
Winter really kicked in, our canoe is locked in ice!
The north German winter is usually cold and dark but it can be nice sometimes too. These are some photos of a recent tour along the Kiel fjord.
We are proud and honored to get the opportunity to advocate for climate action as part of the delegation of the Marshall Islands at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We had two very nice events where we presented the achievements of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in gaining climate change resilience by reviving the traditional outrigger canoe.
A recorded video of our session is here available on demand (requires free registration).
Made some nice drone shots of Proasis while cruising in light wind. Quit difficult to launch and land from the boat!
We had a great time the last couple of days at the Kiel Climate week. It was a pleasure to present Proasis to the public on the first major event, take people sailing and rise awareness for the crisis the Marshall Islands and many other places around the globe are going through.
Proasis will be part of the first Climate Week hosted by the City of Kiel. We will be present with our canoe at the waterfront doing some panel discussions and taking people out for a sail.
Everybody is very welcome to join us for the talking part on land but the space on our boat is limited. Please visit the website of the organizers and make a reservation to catch a ride on proasis.