From Ulli: August/September 2014
About my first sailing experience on Julija II
For the first time in my life I spent several days on a sailboat. Since my so far personal relation to big waters was to be described as very “respectful” the time before the actual cruise was dominated by skepticism, in the event absolutely unsubstantiated.
Actually, my sailing with Bob turned out as a fantastic experience. Even though we had strong winds (according to my judgment) and some swell I always felt safe due to skipper Bob´s composure and professionalism. After a detailed briefing about the boat, it´s emergency equipment and basic terms as well as commands Bob did some hands on training with the new crew members. So I ended up myself steering the boat towards a buoy. This was real fun, right from the beginning. The entire introduction provided me confidence in the boat, the skipper and the crew including myself. Because the entire sailing trip followed this scheme of professional seamanship, combined with relaxed confidence, passion and understandable explanations prior to the action I never felt unsafe, never. Hence, this for sure has not been my last sailing trip, preferably on board of the Julia II with Bob as skipper.
Finally, I would like to express: The acupressure bands against sea sickness worked perfect😉