The ironman cruiser
He has pretty much done it all and always has a story to tell from his sailing endeavours. That is why we chose to share them with you. Meet Karlheinz.
Karlheinz comes from Germany and works in real estate development and property management. You would never guess his age just by looking or talking to him. His energy and permanent smile always make us feel like we are not doing something right in our lives. Sailing revolved around his whole life, and he has been a proud owner of Seascape27 for more than four years now.
“I came in contact with Seascape27 through magazines. And I decided to buy it because it was the fastest boat you can have on a trailer. Besides the speed, it was also crucial for me to be able to cruise with it. If I had to choose something else, it would be a trimaran. We named it Wilde Perle. We wanted a German name that represented the wild treasure that she is.”
He also took the boat straight from the shipyard to the sea, but not for cruising. Her maiden trip was Viška regatta from Split, Croatia to island Vis and back. A few weeks later he and his crew joined the toughest race on the Adriatic – Jabuka race. They came second in the Seascape class and 16th overall out of 60 boats. In later years he added a second place and two wins in the same race. He did the Italian La Duecento 200 M double-handed race twice, Danish 134 M single-handed Silverrudder and the double-handed 140 M Seascape Challenge with his daughter. To top off all these feats, he also joined the 6 stage 646 M long single-handed race around Denmark.
“My favourite experience was when I was on my way to Skagen on the 1st stage of the QRDS (Quantum Round Denmark Single-handed), and there was over 40 knots of wind in the middle of the night. But I still made it through without any bigger issues.”
The two Seascape27s that were in the race were also the only two boats in the class that made it to the finish. Almost two-thirds of the whole fleet abandoned the competition, but Karlheinz describes the worst part and how would it compare to the Ironman (yes he did that too) like this:
“Well, I can‘t decide. The Ironman was a very physical challenge when the QRDS is more challenging for your mind. You can’t truly compare them; both are very very hard. My worst experience from QRDS was when it was time to lift the boat out of the water because this is always the time that brings a lot of work and stress.”
My favourite experience was when I was on my way to Skagen on the 1st stage of the Quantum Round Denmark Single-handed, and there was over 40 knots of wind in the middle of the night. But I still made it through without any bigger issues.
But Karli is not just a crazy racing guy, he and his family sailed almost every stretch of water in Europe in cruising mode. They made several trips and visited everything from Gulf of Trieste (Monfalcone, Venice, Trieste, Rovinj, Chog-gia, Caorle), Eastsee (Neustadt, Fehmarn, Travemünde, Rostock), South Dalmatia (Tribunj, Šibenik, Kornati, Murter, Jabuka, Split, Brač, Vis, Hvar, Korčula, Lopud, Dubrovnik, Montenegro), Tyrrhenian see (Terracina, Ischia, Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pontine Islands), Denmark (Helsingør, Anholt), Sweden (Vrangö, Donsö, Styrsö, Göteborg, Marstrand, Torekov, Helsingør, Skovshoved, Copenhagen).
My kids love holiday sailing, and they are proud of me doing so well in the last races. My stepson said that before he had the opportunity to sail on the Seascape, he didn't find sailing fun at all.