Interview with SY Skadi, Moorspots users from the start

As you know, Moorspots is made possible for and by the community. This large community of nautical enthusiasts can be found across the globe and therefore we run into them once in a while. Last year we were cruising along the Turkish coast when we suddenly found one of the most active users, Dedanann, when we were mooring in a harbour. It was great to meet him in person, hear his experiences and enjoyed the feedback we got on Moorspots. This year during our sailing trip in the Lefkas area we ran into another very active Moorspots user, Skadi. We know Skadi a little, but you might not and therefore we decided to throw a few questions at them:

Skadi
Peter and Annelies

Who are the cruisers on sailing yacht Skadi?

Peter Tilburgs, Dutch nationality, is 69 years and on September 1st, 2009 he started early retirement. He started to work as a freelancer later but stopped working permanently on the 15th of May 2015. Peter has been sailing for over 30 years, the main areas of operation the Ijsselmeer & the Wadden Sea (Netherlands), the North Sea – the east coast of England, the South Coast of England and the French coast to the English Channel Islands. He also made a tour around Scotland, the Irish Sea and back down the south of England. For a long time it has been his dream to make a multi-year sailing trip with his own ship. He has purchased Skadi specifically for this purpose in 2007. At first he wanted to skip the Mediterranean and sail to the Caribbean and perhaps even further. Because Annelies likes the Med they started sailing there during the first years of the trip but the Med ties you down . . .

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Highlights of sailing in the Lefkas area

Anchorage bay in Greece

Have you enjoyed a journey on the water already this season? The Moorspots team spend quite some time on the water and we saw and learned a lot. The trip that gave us the most insights was a tour in the Lefkas area in Greece. We spoke with many sailors and marina owners during our trip and we wrote down the highlights of this area for you.

Lefkas – Sivota

On the first day the winds were in our favor and we set course south. The original plan was to stay overnight in a bay but the weather forecast showed rapidly changing windspeeds and directions. We decided to head for Sivota. A place known for its lively atmosphere in the many restaurants at the quay. Most have their own piers where you can stay for free if you dine in the restaurant. Continue reading

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Cooking great food on a sailing boat? The tips for during sailing, in marinas and anchorages.

Boat cooking is different from cooking ashore. Any  sailor can tell you that the space is smaller, you have fewer appliances, and food storage is much different.

Wrap with seasoned chicken

But whether you are going for your 5th ocean crossing or for your first yacht charter in the Mediterranean, we all need to eat properly. And most important: we tend to be hungrier at sea than at home. Cooking your favorite food will make live on board so much more enjoyable. Also, the cooking can be made more efficient, easy and pleasant when you think up front about what is at hand in the galley of your boat. Continue reading “Cooking great food on a sailing boat? The tips for during sailing, in marinas and anchorages.”

The best sailing routes ever !

One week every year, we as five friends, are “dismissed” from our wife’s to go sailing. This started back in college, via a student organization who organized a sailing week somewhere in Croatia or Greece with around 20 to 25 sailing boats. After college we continued doing this by renting a “bare-boat” somewhere in the Mediterranean. This year it will be the 15th year in a row.

Continue reading “The best sailing routes ever !”

Top 25 YouTube sailing channels

At Moorspots we love to watch sailing channels. We made a top 25 based on the amount of subscribers as per May 3rd 2018. The link opens the YouTube channel directly.

# YouTube channel Subscribers
1 Sailing La Vagabonde 393.958
2 Sailing SV Delos 263.111
3 Gone with the Wynns 178.050
4 Captain Rick Moore 84.989
5 Tula’s Endless Summer 72.717
6 Sailing Doodles 67.777
7 Sailing Uma 62.120
8 WhiteSpotPirates 53.392
9 Ran Sailing 52.645
10 Sailing Nandji 52.254
11 Wickey Salty 48.859
12 MJ Sailing 42.387
13 Sailing miss Lone Star 41.755
14 Sail Life 41.565
15 Distant shores 38.608
16 Sailing yacht Ruby Rose 35.950
17 Followtheboat 28.882
18 DrakeParagon 28.499
19 Free Range Sailing 26.114
20 Sailing into FREEDOM 25.351
21 Sailing Vessel Prism 23.759
22 Capt Eric Bergeron 17.233
23 Sailing Emerald Steel 17.218
24 Life is like Sailing 16.412
25 Drenched 16.281

Moorspots live in the App Store

Hi there!
We want to share something cool with you. Remember we said in the previous newsletter that we targeted to launch the Moorspots app in the App Store as soon as we could? No more hassle with installation of beta-test versions, just click and go like you are used to?

Well, we did it!  Moorspots is live in the App Store:

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Thank you
A big thank you to all of you who have tested the app. With your feedback we managed to improve the app and get it ready for release in the App Store.

Features
One of the cool features that we think will make a big impact are the pictures in the app. Look at the spots on the bottom of this mail. Do these trigger your imagination? Do they make you want to start planning your sailing trip? These pictures came straight out of the app and were added by fellow sailors, just click on them and dream away.

What is next?

Early April we will start a marketing campaign to attract more sailing enthusiasts like you to share great spots. So please keep a sharp look out for Moorspots in the media and share the news with your friends and family. You can have look at the our press release article here: Press Release.

And as always: If you have any suggestions, questions or anything that you would like to share with us, feel free to drop us a message at hello@moorspots.com!

With the kindest sailing regards, 
 
The Moorspots team
Joris, Jaap, Mathijs, Fokko & Marco 

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