Thanksgiving Delivery from Mattapoisett Town Wharf to Hudson Point Marina

Finally some boating experience for our boating friends!

Wednesday November 24th Marcus and I took the train to Providence, Rhode Island where our friend Malisa picked us up and brought us to their sailboat which was at the dock from Mattapoisett Town Wharf.

The plan was to sail / motor their beautiful sail boat Cerulean (a Southerly 38) 170 miles to Hudson Point Marina NJ which is the same Marina as we live in. We thought it will take about 30 hours + for the whole journey down the Sound through Hell Gate down the East River.

Our trip started at 4am on Thursday Thanksgiving. It’s a bit nerve wracking to drive through the dark. However Marcus had a special lamp and was instructed by the skipper Todd to look out for Crab pots, buoys or anything else which could be crossing our path on our way out from the marina. I was stationed between our skipper and his first mate Malisa and Marcus and related the messages between Marcus and Malisa/Todd and also helped to watch out for any obstacles.

We have done one delivery before and my favored time of the day is the sunrise. We were incredible lucky and had the most beautiful sunrise on this gorgeous Thursday.

We were able to sail for a little bit with the wind blowing from the perfect direction.

Our Thanksgiving menu was the most delicious hot soup one could dream off on a day like today!

Then we got gifted by a magical sunset

We discussed to sail only through the day or also about the possibility to continue during the night. We knew that there was a storm warning for Friday late morning so it was decided to get as far as possible until the storm would start. We took turns Malisa and me and the boys. I so appreciated to sail with Malisa. By the smallest challenge, I wanted to call for the boys, but Malisa said we can figure it out and we did! I also loved the conversations we had – the time flew!

Before we knew it, it was getting light again this time without sun as it was cloudy – the first signs of storm.

One thing though I didn’t sleep much the last two days so by the time the boys got up, I was so tired that I fell asleep in the galley. I was woken up shortly before we arrived at Oyster Bay Marina where we wanted to get shelter from the storm. We made it just in time before the storm arrived.

I was ready for my next nap after that we enjoyed the most delicious coffee in town and got a clean up. We were a bit short on water and couldn’t refill because everywhere the water pumps were closed. This is normal by end of November in this region of the USA. The showers were also closed, but they had big restrooms with the nicest hottest water – we all felt like new born after a wash down and new cloth.

In the evening we had a beautiful meal and made the best out of the weather hold!

On Saturday we enjoyed a lazy day and tried to sleep for a few hours. We were about 6 hours away from Hell Gate and needed to be there at 3:30am. Hell Gate has super strong current and with a sail boat it’s best to be there during slack tide which was at 3:30am on Sunday morning. So we had to get up at 8pm on Saturday evening…

Again we had to be super careful to drive out in the dark, but by now we knew what to look out for and again we made it without any issues.

This time it was a bit more “exciting” to drive down the sound at night. Suddenly we saw some boats on our AIS(automatic identification system) … I learned that the AIS is a great tool to know that there is a boat, but it’s not super accurate. You really have to use the radar to get the exact location. We had some huge barges coming our way. Because the Easter River current was going up the barges used the favorable current…..

After cold long 6 hours we made it! We could see Hell Gate… and the best, thanks to the slack tied, we made it easy through and it was beautiful driving down the East river. We made it before sunset to Hudson Point Marina.

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Europe Trip October / November 2021

October 21st 2021 our first trip to Europe since February 2020. I had a really intensive week behind me. Our beloved neighbors Pam and Don by no fault of their own (we feel) were asked to leave our Marina. I was heart broken. I know people move on in life and that is sad but this normally presents new opportunities to go and visit friends. However Pam and Don were our next door neighbors, they were like our adopted parents, best friends, advisor, mentor, inspiration all in one! They looked after Luna when we went away and also kept an eye on our boat! Pam and I were absolutely devastated.

Our last evening with our beloved neighbors Pam and Don on their boat before they left

I was also nervous if we are ready with all the correct paperwork to visit 4 countries between Marcus and myself.

First we flew together to Switzerland and the flight was empty – I can’t remember the last time we had so much space. This was still before the US let any European tourists into their country.
We planned to arrive on October 22nd so we could surprise our wonderful friend Susanne who originally wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in New York on October 1st.
We had a grand plan…. After we arrived our good friend Tanja picked us up and we spent a few hours with her and re-arrangin our luggage so we only had hand lagguage left for the next 10 days. Susanne’s partner Davide convinced Susanne to go shopping so we were able to arrive at their apartment unnoticed. I love to suprise others even more than I love to get surprised…. I was looking forward to see Susanne face like a little child and Susanne had no idea :-). Not even that we were coming to Switzerland.
We organized a surprise dinner in a E Tuk Tuk ( and were driven around Zurich old town.

The next day it was our turn to be celebrated. Otto and his partner Rabe, they invited us to an adventures tour. Marcus with the motor bike and me with Rabe BMW convertible. We took all the country roads and had a beautiful drive in the most amazing weather one can wish for. Marcus and Otto enjoyed cruising off the beaten path as well. The girls arrived first and we had to take a gondola to get to our destination for the night which was called Niederbauen near Emmetten. What breathtaking view we experienced on the top!

We never have been here and truly enjoyed the walk, dinner and early morning run. It was especially spectacular because of the morning fog above the lake below us.

On Sunday we made our way back. Rabe asked if I would like to drive and my heart bit faster and I happily agreed. We wanted to take a different route back and we saw that the lake Vierwald Städter See has a car ferry so we went for it, but sadly the car ferry stopped working for the winter in early October.

Despite this little setback we enjoyed the drive back in gorgeous sunshine. About 15 minutes from my sister Priska farm, I got a bit distracted around a roundabout and I took it a bit wide…. Suddenly the beautiful BMW convertible notified us that there is something wrong with the pressure of the right front tire….sure enough I sliced the tire of my friend’s convertible…. I was devestated….. Lucky she had great insurance and a service truck was near by and picked us up to the next garage…. Never knew such a place existed in the country side. Super lucky… after 2 hours delay we arrived with two new tires at my sister place – Grateful to Rabe and Otto forever for the beautiful weekend!

We enjoyed self made pizza in the pizza oven my oldest nephew Robin built himself with the help of his Dad. So happy that my Mom, my friend Patricia and her partner could join us.

On Monday after a delicious lunch at my Mom’s place we travelled to Zurich to stay at an airport hotel before I took a flight to the UK to visit customers and Marcus to Norway to visit clients with our business partner and friend Vicki.

On Friday we reunited and moved to a lovely hotel in Thurgau near where Vicki lives.

Enjoying the wellness part of our hotel – we were all by ourselves….

Vicki was celebrating her 65th birthday and she had organized a whole party weekend.

Friday night we attended a wine tasting walking distance from our hotel. Besides learning about the delicious local wine we learned about Napoleons extended family owning a big estate around the neighborhood. After we enjoyed a delicious dinner at a local delicious fish Restaurant

Saturday night was the actual birthday party from Vicki. The theme was Caribbean night. Of course we came dressed in style and boogied the night away.

On Sunday we went for a hike with the fittest guests. We even climbed a tower with 1000 steps….. least it felt like that. We had a breathtaking view. In the mean time Marcus flew the drone to everybody’s delight. Lucky I didn’t kill anybody when i dropped my pink water bottle rolled off from the top and fell….to be never seen again.

After the delightful walk some friends of ours went to our friend Michelle’s place for afternoon snacks, another walk and tower climb and dinner. It was so beautiful to catch up with old friends and the weekend ended as beautiful as it started.

On Monday, Michelle, Clara and I travelled to Hergiswil at the Lake Luzern for a Sonnet networking camp &wellness/hike week. My sister Priska also joined us.

We were lucky to experience one of my most memorable hikes. The weather forecast predicted beautiful sunny weather, we ended up in a snow storm and a rather adventures hike where we lost two friends, but lucky got reunited on the top to celebrate our survival.

On Friday I traveled to Germany to meet Marcus and celebrate my father-in-law’s 83 birthday. It was a beautiful celebration with friends and family.

On Sunday we squeezed in a visit to Mainz to visit our wonderful friends Ute and Christian which we know from England

On Monday Marcus flew back home to New Jersey and I took a train back to Switzerland to work from the Swiss office and to spend time with my Mom and catch up with my sisters, God Mother and friends Patricia, Brigitte and Tanja. On the weekend I even was able to attend a school reunion!

I didn’t realize how much I missed traveling until I arrived in Europe. I felt so re-charged, energized and inspired after my visit. I had amazing talks, even went to a free flow dance event where one dances as they wish or better like nobody is watching – they played yoga type music to my favored 80ies and you could go as still or wild as you like….. it was so liberating….. like a lot of worries, concerns which where on my shoulder melted away

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Dream Horseback Riding Trip

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and happy almost weekend to the rest of the world…..

A few busy months have passed, but finally I found some time to write about an incredible experience I was part of…

Horseback riding has been a passion of mine since I was a teenager. I have been riding for years and have done 3 unforgettable horseback riding trips in the past.

However after moving to New York, I started to sail and between sailing, running, skydiving, yoga and enjoying life, family and friends I was not able to continue riding.

So when my wonderful friend Jayne with whom I rode in Malaysia for years and went to all my previous horseback riding trips asked me to go to a private horseback riding trip to Iceland with 9 amazing woman from all over the world – I was nervous, but interested! She explained that the Icelandic horses are the most kind spirited, easiest to ride if one is out of practice. So I agreed to join…..

More about Icelandic horses:
The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy.

On August 4th excited I boarded my flight to Iceland. In no time I landed in Reykavik.

To get my riding legs back I went with two amazing ladies called Dina and Christi to a couple of day rides. There I learned that the Icelandic horses Tölt and how beautiful Iceland is.

On the second day ride we had a great guide who thought as to Tölt and I felt like a million dollar when I first made the horse Tölt. What a smooth feeling.

More about the Tölt:

The Tölt is a natural, fluid gait of the Icelandic Horse, during which at least one foot always touches the ground. Foals often tölt in pastures at an early age. The tölt is an extraordinarily smooth four-beat gait, which allows the rider an almost bounce-free ride, even at 32 kmh (20 mph).

We also spend some time in Reykjavik before our start. Small, but cute city.

On August 7th we travelled to the horse farm called hekluhestar were we spent the first night in dormroom style. I thought my days sharing rooms were over, but the adventure was too good to be put off with sharing accomodation with other amazing women and sometimes the guides too.

On August 8th our tour started – the plan was 170 miles in 8 days on the back of icelandic horses. The night before the owner of the farm asked us about our preferernces and experience. Lucky I had 2 half days of solid riding behind me so I could speak confindently about my wishes and experience.

I fell in love with my first horse at first glance. A gentile soul who loved to canter and also didn’t mind to stop. The feeling to be riding with lose horses was incredible. Sometimes I was surounded by horses which all travelled with us during the whole trip.

In the evening we discusssed the experiences and could tell the wishes for our second horse. The plan was that everybody got 3 horses. Some days we would ride two different ones, some days even 3. Also we could chose to be in the front of the herd or in the back and help to make sure the lose horses stay with us.
I wished for my second horse to be something similar as my first one but maybe a bit faster.

On August 9th I got to meet my second horse which loved to Tölt at any speed, when I sat correctly….but hardly cantered no matter how fast we were going. First I had to work very hard to make him Tölt (quite different than my experience on the day ride) but when I concentrate and was not too tired it worked well.

To ride through the amazing landscapes of Iceland is a dream come true. We hardly came across people and we were riding through rivers, up and down hills, through vulcanic areas, empty streets and green fields.

After a half day on my second horse, I was able to switch the horse to my gentile, easy going canter loving horses and I could recuperate.

Every evening a fiesta awaited us. The food was incredible delcious and always freshly made.

August 10th
We started to ride through breath taking higher mountain area

August 11th
I met my love of my life (don’t worry it was a horse :-). My beautiful white shining horse., but it wasn’t love at first side. I asked if my third horse could be a horse which I could ride in the back to have the experience to help to move the herd along. The first few hours was pretty hellish as it just had a wild trott and I bounced like a punch bag around…. In the evening I asked for advise.

My first horse was a gentile soul and basically did what I wanted even when I was only thinking about what I wanted. The second horse I had to be a bit firmer with and it was harder work and the third I really had to tell in the beginning what my wishes were. I like normally to go with the flow and follow the horse wishes and I was not the type of rider to be in charge. Therefore I felt incredible proud that I achieved that my white shining armor started to follow my wishes and he was fast. Fast like the wind!

Resting between rides

Evening activies – the duck song

August 12th
Was the coldest day! Did I mention that we had a forecast of 10 days of rain before I arrived and that we only had like 5 drops on this day? We were incredible lucky. We had most times the shower and toilette in the same building as our accommodations, but the few times we didn’t and it was cold to go out the house…

I wouldn’t be in a hurry to move to Iceland as the temperatures are even in summer well below my comfort level.

August 13th
My riding-boots fell apart….. lucky my fellow riders were very resourceful ladies and they managed to fix them
This day we also experienced the ride through the dessert which was an incredible beautiful fast experience.

Agusut 14th
This was the day with the shortest ride. We were only riding for a couple of hours and did a hike in the afternoon.

August 15th
I finished my ride with my new love. The horses were excited to go home and loved to canter for hours. I was just in awe and enjoyed every second as it would be my last….

I will be back this experience changed my view about riding for life!


I also enjoyed almost every morning my yoga excersises one day when we were riding less hours the rest of the group joined me

Our guide was amazing – besides being incredible with horses he also could play any song we wished for and we liked to dance to…..

It’s not goodbye but until next time….

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Time Flies – 3 month back

It has been 3 month now that we are back in Jersey City and it seems like a long time. Reason might be that we have done so much. We were so happy to meet our friends again. Right after we got back we got our vaccination shot, so we were ready to socialize again:

Jolanda getting her 2nd vaccination shot

Also we did two obstacle races here in Jersey City with our good friend Roland, the three of us managed to get through the entire course together. It was a fun event and we got some got workout in as well.

We started our sailing season, with Jolanda sailing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the Manhattan Yacht Club and I’m sailing with our friend Rich and also going out with friend and his little one.

Also I’m back skydiving, Jolanda decided to retire from skydiving after 750 jumps in 20 years, as she is not jumping that much any more and sailing is taking priority in her free time. We agreed that the amount of jumping she is doing is not really safe as she is not able to stay current. So now i can go on a weekend day to Skydive at the Ranch and Jolanda can have her “Jolanda” day and relax 🙂

Also in June there was Jolanda’s birthday, on her birthday she wanted to go sailing (what else) but we organized a surprise party afterwards and the next day I organized a trip to Maine, Jolanda always wanted to go. She was very nervous as she did not know where we are going. Only when we left the airport in Bangor she realized were she was. The birthday was also our 20 years we know each other, so I planned a romantic getaway. During the vacation we meet up with our friends Loony and Shake, who we meet on our trip in Savannah, at Islesboro.

Here are some impressions from Maine:

On 4th of July we went out with our boat to see the firework over New York City. Some of our friends came along and we enjoyed delicious food, drinks and a relaxing time on the boat. In the morning the current was making our boat rolling so much that we decided to get back as soon as possible to get some more sleep in. So we found out why not more boats are anchoring in the cove with the beautiful view over Manhattan.

For the last 2 years we are trying to run the Napa Valley Half Marathon, unfortunately this year again it was cancelled. We still decided to go with our friends Alies and Roel to do some running and a bit more wine tasting. The first day Alies and Roel rented tandem bicycles (that’s what the Dutch do) as our main choice of transportation. On the next day Jolanda organized a convertible limousine to bring us from vineyard to vineyard.

From North California we flew to the southern part of the Golden State, where Jolanda had some business meetings and also was catching up with old friends we have not seen for a while. Her friend Monique organized a wood painting and Ana a hike at the Laguna hills, afterwards we had a nice picknick on the beach. Despite Jolanda getting sick for a few days (initially it was suspected to be appendicitis, but luckily the emergency hospital did not find anything and it was nothing serious) we had a great time. We meet up with our friend Bob and his wife and I also got some flying in by booking some aerobatic lessons at the local flight school.

Last but not least we have a new member of our Hudson Point Marina community, Marco was born about a month ago and his proud parents invited us along on his first sail. Marco slept most of the time but we all enjoyed the day on the water. Congratulation Dragana and Kjartan.

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Journey Back North – Ahoy Home – May 8th

After exploring Atlantic City for two days it was time for the last leg home. It was good fun to dingy over to the aquarium at Atlantic City and then use the scooters to explore the “town”. 

On Saturday the forecast looked reasonable with 10 kts of wind and seas at 2 feet with periods of 6 sec. We expected it to be a little bit wavy but were we wrong!

We started very early in the morning with a nice sunrise and calm seas. We estimated about 9.5 hrs for the journey. After about 2 hours the wind and waves picked up and smooth sailing was finished for the day. We got hit broadside the entire time. Wind about 20 kts, waves 4-6 feet and all from the starboard side. I had to change the course frequently so we were facing the waves in a better angle. Also every hour I had to go down to the engine compartment to manage the diesel levels (somehow the equalization line between the two tanks got blocked). Without equalizing the diesel levels, one tank might run dry and the engines would stop. Restarting a Diesel engine which has air in the supply lines is a challenge to say the least.

So there we were, trying to keep the boat upright and holding on. Downstairs cabinet doors flipped open and the inside was scattered over the floor. It was a mess, Luna our poor cat right in the middle. A glass bottle fall on our induction stove and broke the top surface, Jolanda’s favorite fondue set was disintegrating. On top it started to rain.

When we passed the Manasquan Inlet, we saw blue skies over Manhattan this gave us strength to continue. Once we got close to the Verrazano Bride, we had our smiles back and we were just worried that it might be too windy to get back into our slip. After 11.5 hours of torture, we approached our marina, people greeted us from far and we also saw a couple of people coming to our dock to help us with the lines. We were concerned how we could dock as we didn’t have any lines set up which we normally do when leaving for a few days. Thanks to the wonderful help from our Dock family returning to our slip was easy. We were happy we made it.

Jolanda continues the story: Our neighbors could tell we were a bit horrified and invited us for a coffee, sherry and some appetizers. We started to defrost outside and inside as this beautiful welcome warmed our hearts. We shared our stories we experienced the last 6 months apart.

I didn’t feel like going back to our boat and face the mess. We spontaneous decided to book a hotel room for the night. What an awesome heavenly idea! A hotel room with unlimited hot water, big clean bed and downstairs a nice bar for dinner. The hotel we stayed is called Canopy, which is in the Arts District in Jersey City and part of the Hilton Group. The staff is super friendly and we felt treaded like royalties. We will definitely be back. 

On the way to the hotel – the hotel was in walking distance – we bumped already into friends and neighbors. It felt incredible to see all these beautiful faces. I was first sad to leave the South as I fell in love with. However by today I must say I didn’t realize how much I love where we live! The neighbors, the friends, the sailing club next door, the Jersey City atmosphere with a lot of Restaurants, stores, markets etc.

I also didn’t realize how much I missed sailing with my wonderful boat 10 sailing team at Manhattan Yacht Club. Practice for the race season started this week and we went out twice already and we also joined a running club (Jersey City Runners) and the Calisthenics training with MRCalisthenics at Tompkins Square Park. On Saturday we signed up for our first City Challenge obstacle race in Jersey City.

One thing which suffered a bit when we were away was to do our beloved sports and we feel a bit rusty. We decided not to drink until Memorial Weekend and do a lot of sports. If any around us likes to join to do something sportive, please hit us up!

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