Liebe Leser schliesst seine Tore. Nach 11 Jahren möchte ich andere Projekte verwirklichen, auf Reisen gehen und das Leben endlich in vollen Zügen geniessen. Es waren 11 wundervolle Jahre mit Ihnen. bleibt mindestens die nächsten Jahre als Bilderbuch noch bestehen. Doch jeder Abschied kann auch ein neuer Anfang sein. Nun ist es endgültig. Ich wünsche Ihnen eine weiterhin schöne Zeit. Ich danke Ihnen für die Lesertreue und Ihre ehrliche Begeisterung mit grosser Dankbarkeit. Danke, dass ich Sie 11 Jahre verwöhnen durfte.

Tschau und auf Wiedersehen.

Marcel Krebs

Wer weiterhin mit mir und Sämi in Kontakt bleiben will, kann dies über meinen persönlichen Blog.

Dear Users closes its gates. After 11 years I would like to realize other projects, go on journeys and finally enjoy life to the fullest. There were 11 wonderful years with you. will continue to exist as a picture book for at least the next few years. But every farewell can also be a new beginning. Now it is final. I wish you a good time. I would like to thank the readership and your honest enthusiasm with great gratitude. Thank you for spoiling you for 11 years.

Chess and goodbye.

Marcel Krebs

Anyone who wants to stay in touch with me and Sämi can do so through my personal blog.




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Foto Yann Riou

The racing trimaran has been in the Pacific Ocean for just over 24 hours now, and is trying to get to the last cape of this crewed round-the-world record attempt as quickly as possible. Passing close to the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 teammates are finally finished with the ridge of high pressure and are now in a depression with a westerly wind of 30 knots. The speedometer should start to climb on board as the legendary swell of the South Seas should make its first appearance. A second depression, that is developing to the east of the first one, will be crucial in choosing the right route to take in the Pacific.

In terms of life on board, there is still a little over half of the road ahead for the 14 sailors, who after 22 days at sea are beginning to lose track of time as they have to juggle with all the time zones - as Dona Bertarelli said in her message from the boat.

Day 22 – 16h00 GMT
205.6 nm behind the current record holder
Distance covered from the start: 14,416.3 nm
Average speed over 24 hours: 25.5 knots
Distance over 24 hours: 613 nm


11:45 GMT

10:30 GMT


A change of scene as the team approaches New Zealand.
We’re almost done with the lacklustre ridge we’ve been with for a number of days, cursing it all the way.
Deepening of a low pressure system south of New Zealand. The 30-knot westerly wind will be established this afternoon, between the depression and the high land relief of South Island.
Westerly swell, 4m. Gusting.
We’ll even have two lows for the price of one. A secondary depression is deepening east of the first one. It’ll keep us busy until Monday evening, perhaps beyond.
To be frank, the future of that low will determine our course in the South Pacific. We’re keeping a close eye on it.

09:00 GMT


Don’t ask me what time it is. I’ve got no idea. I don’t even know whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening.

On board we use UTC, also known as GMT. Does that help? Not really: it makes it all the more confusing!

Just to give you an idea, daybreak is at 6.30pm, and nightfall at 1pm. But it gets worse. Lunch is at four o’clock in the morning, and our evening meal is at midday! That should give you an idea of the chaos, but there’s more: all these times shift by an an hour and a half every day.

So I just eat when I’m told to eat, without asking too many questions, but when I woke up this morning I didn’t really enjoy having paella for breakfast.

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Foto Yann Riou

Things will get even more complicated over the next two days, when we’ll go through the same day twice. Just after New Zealand we’ll cross the International Date Line, so one minute it will be midnight on December 15th, and the next it will be midnight on December 14th. It’s crazy, but that’s how Phileas Fogg, thinking he’d lost his bet, discovered that actually he had successfully travelled around the world in 80 days.​

07:00 GMT

First 24 hours in the Pacific

Start of day 22 at 8h00 GMT
Position : 48.47.54’ S and 163.56.26 E
129,68 behind the record holder Banque Populaire V
Distance covered from the start: 14 193 nM
Distance traveled over 24 hours: 692,3 nM
Speed over 24 hours : 28,8 knts
Sails : Full mainsail and small gennaker

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