We hope you enjoyed our “trailer” just up here. We are Patrick & Leentje, and we decided to go and explore the world by means of a sailing boat.
Bernard Moitessier, Eric Tabarly, Tristan Jones, Ellen Macartur, Robin Knox-Johnston, Henk De Velde … are Patrick’s sailing heroes. As a young man he got inspired by their books. Their stories made him dream. The idea someday to make a sailing trip around the world has never left him. It’s long been a dream, but slowly over the years the realisation grew that maybe this dream could be turned into reality. This was the point of no return although the final decision was taken only a few years later.
In May 2013 we decided to take the plunge. Since then we’ve never looked back. We went looking for a suitable boat, more specifically an Etap 39. She is unsinkable, fast, not too big and not too small, and provides enough comfort for two people. The idea that others had preceded us with this type of boat was a reassurance. In July 2013 we became the proud owners of SILMARIL.
How it went from there onwards you can read in our posts under the tab “Posts” in the menu section, or select one in the posts column on the right of this screen. Our posts are primarily meant to inform our families and friends about our adventures. Since we have friends in many countries we thought it was a good idea to write this blog in English. You can also follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patrickleentje
Enjoy reading, and feel free to get in touch.