A ship circumnavigatess the world (www.stahlratte.de)
...but was does it mean in a world where flying became like a bus ride and Around-The-World tickets belong to the basic needs of each teenager after graduating scool. On Earth today where mass tourism acts as social hygiene for depending citizens. On wich you will find adventures at sales promotions of leisure industry only. Or by grabbing late summer specials of a low cost carrier. In a world where a texanian family grabes towards the global power arrantely - performed as worldwide theatre in TV. In this bigger picture a handfull of sailers just started to explore new horizones.
Not highly impressed by modern world developments nor happy with life in societies mainly determined by sales and brandings only - the crew and supporters of "Stahlratte" decided to circumnavigates the globe in celebration of 100 years anniversary of their beloved ship. "Stahlratte" - the german expression for "Steelrat" - was manufactured from steel in 1903 for fishing purposes in the Netherlands and started in early september 2004 from Bremerhaven - its contemporary home harbour in Germany - its voyage.
There are people who may not like sesawing. Others may miss speeds and sports and there are people who dont like the idea of sharing limited room with others too long. But there is something special on board of "Stahlratte" you hardly can find on other boats: There is no fixed crew. There is no fixed time schedule nor an unchangable travel itinary. El capitano just coordinates activities on board of the sailing ship. The entire crew on board decides the direction to go and everything is possible. Everybody is invited to board the ship and to become a crew member - to wait for winds and accompany the rest of the crew to circumnavigates the globe. Based on community ideas in general, for twenty years supporters successfully kept alive the vision of maintaining a 100 years old steel ship independently and free of commercial sell out. Imagine the effort to get maintainanced a 120 feet steel boat over this long period! For that - enouph respect, amigos!
Not having a real plan how to finance the project, "Stahlratte" is on tour since 1994. There are no major sponsors but spontaneity, to go for adventures and the dream of independence are the motors, as it is - last but not least - the good old Rock'N'Roll.
This website understands itself as support to the great idea of circumnavigation by a ship made in the beginning of the last century and apart from commercial impulses. It results from invitation to become part of this project and - if time allows - would love the idea to create a platform for a kind of virtual circumnavigation of the globe. Beeing virtually on board of "Stahlratte" for all those who got no sufficient ressources and time left or are kept home for other reasons. Plus - needless to say - for all those who wanted to become a sailer for many years already...
In this spirit - Cheers! and welcome on board!
February 17th 2011
Stahlratte is back in Coco Bandero after sailing to puerto lindo dropping off the old crew and loading 10motos and so now we are 26 souls on board and its time for a great BBQ now.....chao ... read more
February 4th 2011
With 13 other boats :( It is cloudy and windy and we are just 11 people on board :) Fried fish and cocos rice for Dinner. yamyam!!!... read more
February 3rd 2011
We arrived last night 2am in chichime/san blas.... read more
February 1st 2011
On our way back to San Blas! Since yesterday we are sailing due south with 19 people on board. We caught two doradas today. Weather and wind are perfect. So we expect to arrive in Porvenir in two days. ... read more
January 21st 2011
4:30 in the morning...fresh made croissants are waiting to be eaten for breakfast we are passing over "alice shoal" 16-03N 079-28W with 5 knots speed course providencia. that was a beautifull bright moonlight night;-)... read more
January 19th 2011
sailing to PROVIDENCIA/COLOMBIA we left port antonio/jamaica at 10:45 this morning and since then we are under full sails heading westwards the round the westtip of jamaica and then go straight course to providencia. we are 16souls on board. the wind is 15 knots from the east and we do 4 knots and right now the sun stets behind western jamaica........ read more
January 16th 2011
SORRY!!! NO LOGBOOK FOR THE LAST WEEK.....but here we are again! on the 9th of january we have left cuba with 14 souls on board /people are from germany, luxembourg, us, uk, sweden, russia and colombia) the sailing was fast and easy so we arrived to port antonio and dropped anchor under sails there on monday 10th. now we are enjoying jamaica...today an excursion with a rented car in the mountains to some waterfalls and later beach....weather is tropical style heat and humidity....ya man... read more
January 5th 2011
this morning at 2:30am we arrived to santiago de cuba, the last 100 miles we had to motor because of no winds but the first 100 miles from cayo cuervo were beautifull ailing with max speed of 8.3 knots. now the sun is just rising and the little bay of punta gorda where the marina is and where we are anchored is beginning to wake up and we are waiting to get get a spot at the pier so we can dock and rceive the officials for clearance.... read more
December 19th 2010
in CIENFUEGOS/CUBA....next sailing to Santiago de cuba 29th dec we had a very easy ride under sails from port antonio/jamaica to cienfuegos/cuba where we arrived today saturday morning at 3am. now we just did all the paperwork and we are legal in cuba.... read more
December 16th 2010
After beeing searched a second time by the jamaican coatguard we could leave port antonio this afternoon wednesday at 4pm. the winds are very light and we are sailing with 2.5 knots towards cienfuegos.... read more