Day 10: Gennaker Sailing

Sailing with a free flying gennaker, enjoying the sun and good music – that’s what you expect when sailing the trade winds (Passatwinde). Our very big (110 square meter) but very light and thin gennaker pushes us forward in light wind conditions. With 7 to 12 knots of wind, it’s easy sailing. With 13 to 16 knots, it’s sport, demanding a fully concentrated helmsman (Steuermann). Above that, it’s a fight. Many gennakers have been blown to pieces in gusty situations. To avoid this, we set the sail only at daylight and take it down when the wind gets stronger.