We can hardly offer a better sailing trip. You sail with Nike Steiger & Michael Wnuk to the most beautiful places of the southern Caribbean. In the beginning you will be faced with a challenging blow against the wind. Over more than 300 miles you will tack against the wind towards paradise with the 60-foot expedition sailor MARLIN. For this trip you should already be seaworthy and have no problem with diagonal sailing. The reward is gigantic. You sail timelessly in the blue universe of the sea, like only the real blue water sailors do.
Nike born on 6.3.81 in Lübeck is already a bit famous. A few years ago she set off, bought a somewhat outdated aluminium boat “KARL” and since then sails, often alone, sometimes with crew, through the Caribbean and now into the Pacific. Nike films herself and the world that surrounds her with her eyes, her own charm and her own views. She publishes her episodes on her YouTube channel, earning a living and the money to sail on. Nike and Michael became sailing friends in Cuba in 2016. At the beginning of 2017 Nike sailed the MARLIN for the first time in Flensburg. You can watch the video she did about this trip here. The idea for a trip together was born and finally it’s time. Nike sails the MARLIN as skipper from Curacao over the uninhabited Las Aves Islands to the Los Roques Archipelago, the paradise of the southern Caribbean. Nike has something to say and with sailing charm. To sail once with Nike is certainly a special experience, because every sailing day is a special sailing day.
Micha born at 29.11.63 in Moers is owner of the MARLIN, is also there and takes care of the most important things in sailing: The food. As the saying goes: The cook is the captain. So you don’t just have an excellent skipper on board. In addition a real captain. Micha has been sailing around the world up and down and from east to west and east again since 2000. Micha is a real sea bear and known like a colorful dog among the sailors of this world. With more than 100.000 miles he also has to tell one or the other sailor story. Boredom does not come up and to every question around sailing Micha has an answer.
Plans are made to change them. Therefore a small outline about the sailing plan. On this trip the visit of the small uninhabited island Klein Curacao is on the plan after the clearance, the anchorauf maneuver. Here we moor overnight at a Mouring and make our first shore leave. It should surprise us if there is even a cloud in the sky while we explore the island. The water is crystal clear, warm and invites to snorkel. With the SUP you can experience the shore area, or let one of our kites fly into the sky on the beach. Arriving is on the plan.
The next day is all about sailing. Since we don’t want to lose any time on the Los Roques Islands, we start early, hoist the sails and the east wind puts MARLIN on its side. At the southern tip we pass the island of Bonaire in the coming starry night. Every mile against the wind makes the heart of the sailor beat faster, the bow of MARLIN cuts through the waves and we all become aware of the curse of the Caribbean. How did the old seafarers do it?
Soon the first palm heads of the Islas de Aves Sotavento appear on the horizon and finally the anchor falls in the white coral ground. The Youtube drone video shows most impressively what awaits us here. How long we stay at this divine place is not predictable. It is you who decide that. But also the weather and other circumstances. The next destination are the Las Roques Islands. On Gran Roques we have to do some paperwork. If you feel like it, you are there. The small picturesque village invites you to stay, sit on the beach and watch the fishermen live their lives. The archipelago that is under nature protection consists of 300 mostly islands that we cannot all visit. We take on the most beautiful pearls in the east. You will never forget the turquoise colour of the shallow water over the sand and corals.
Unfortunately, the day will come when MARLIN will hoist the sails to return to Curacao. As exhausting as the journey was against the wind, the more loving and pleasant the return journey will be. If we have one more night left, we will stay in the shade of Little Curacao.