BAVARIA - REISEN
Two friends and a Bavaria 42
An extraordinary voyage eventually also
turned into an extraordinary book. Here
we present both.
wanted to sail to the Caribbean.
But not on the usual route,
in the warm and balmy trade
winds from the Canaries or Cape
Verde. "Instead, we were drawn north. To
the place where the Vikings crossed the
ocean and where only a few ships with
crazy people like us go". In practical terms
this meant: From Norway to the Faroe
Islands, on to Iceland, then via Greenland
and Labrador to the North American east
coast and, after a detour to New York, via
Bermuda to Martinique.
So, what is it about? Experiencing nature,
shifting horizons, getting to know people
and creating perspectives - at least for the
author of this magnificent illustrated book,
the photographer Niklas Marc Heinecke,
one of the two friends mentioned at the
beginning. We asked him about his experiences
on the journey.
What was the low, what was the high
Heinecke: "The low point was definitely
breaking our boom in a Chinese gybe just
behind the Faroe Islands. That shortened
our stay in Greenland by three weeks
because we had to wait for a new boom.
But the climax? There were so many high
points. The light of the sun on the gigantic
seas in a storm. The end of every storm.
The first awakening in Greenland. The
first shore leave on Greenland. The open,
The quote is from the book that was
written after this trip. Cold Waters. A
remarkable book about an obviously quite
remarkable voyage. The book features
great photography, is well told, and has a
great layout. In short: a work of art, a book
as it should be. High quality of content and
production, a joy to take it in your hand
and to read, look and leaf through it again
fun-loving people and sailors we met along
the way - this feeling in their eyes cannot
be put into words, it can only be felt. The
first encounter with a whale. Caribbean
rum. The first encounter with a shark. The
rainforest of Dominica. And simply this
lightness of travelling!"
How did the idea of sailing this trip come
"It was Joscha's big dream to make a trip
like that. We met at the beginning of 2017,
and after he had bought the boat in the
summer of the same year, he asked me
if I wanted to sail through the Northwest
Passage with him. And then we started to
send our thoughts on the journey together.
One and a half years later, after a lot of
planning and work on the boat, we set
off. The Northwest Passage was actually
scheduled for 2021, but now it will have to
wait a little longer".
The book ends in Martinique. What has
happened since then?
"Joscha sailed the boat back to Germany
with a new crew in just under five months. I
would have liked to stay on, but my finances
were exhausted and our plans were
thwarted by Corona. I founded the Wildyard
agency with my three friends who created
this book with me. We produce stories for
sustainable clients and organisations, Cold
Waters is virtually our first big testimonial.