Preparing to sail the Baltic

It’s a plan that’s been a long time coming. This summer the two of us will sail from Dartmouth, cross the English channel and join up with a number of other like-minded sailors in Rostock, Germany in early July to sail around the Baltic.

If all goes according to our plan, we will visit Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia and the Aland Islands.  And if time allows, possibly some time in the inland waterways of the Netherlands.

It’s a challenge – the furthest we’ve ever sailed.  It’s also a test – will we enjoy spending three months living on board?  Are our sailing skills sufficient? Will it whet our appetite to go further and for longer in future?  And if so, is our yacht, Crystelle Venture, the right one?

Introducing Crystelle Venture

We bought Crystelle Venture back in 2017. Why this yacht? To quote the Moody Owners Association

The Moody 41 aim was to produce a genuine cruising yacht which would be elegant, sail exceptionally well, be suitable for serious long distance passage making, offer comfortable and luxurious accommodation, and be able to be handled by a family crew.

She previously spent many years cruising around the mediterranean with her previous owners.  Although a little tired, her make, size and layout really appealed, ticking a lot of our boxes.

Crystelle Venture – dressed overall – in Kalmar, Sweden

Her vital statistics? She’s  a 41 feet/12.5 metre Moody 41.  Designed by Bill Dixon, built in 1982 and commissioned in 1983, she’s number 18 of only 53 yachts of this type built by Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd.  She has 6 berths, and 2 heads (that’s toilets/showers for non-sailors), a large seating area and a small galley kitchen.

As our preparations, plans and journey progress, we’ll add updates on a regular basis.  Why not join us on the journey?

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