Our own story

After good consideration we become owners of a casco van der Stadt. For some years now we make it our own.

The plan is too sail the world with it.

Here you can find our story.

Eli sailed the world with his parents at the age of 9. He lost his heart too sailing and the sea.

In 2013 Mirjam and Eli met  for the second time in their life. Immediately Mirjam knew that her life would also be about boats if she would stay with him.

In 2017 they bought their casco van der stadt.

  • We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

    John F. Kennedy

  • Human beings come in three kinds, the living, the dead, and those who go to sea. Aristotle

Boat stories

Stories of sailing boats leaving from Les Sables d’Olonne , France

Golden Globe Yacht race


Don Mcintyre is a sailor and creator who’s whole life is about creating possibilties for others to have advantures. Especially sailing advantures.

The History of the GGR

In August 1966, British yachtsman Francis Chichester set out from England to sail solo around the world to Australia and back via the five great Capes in the 16m Gipsy Moth IV in a bid to beat the Clipper ship records. He completed the circumnavigation in 226 days (274 days including the stopover in Sydney) to set a record for the fastest voyage around the world in a small boat. A diverse adventurer and excellent navigator, Chichester attracted huge interest thanks to the exclusive coverage provided by The Sunday Times newspaper . Returning triumphant on 28th May 1967, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and became not only a British hero but an inspiration to many more who would follow in his wake. There was now just one last challenge left to man: To sail solo non-stop around the globe, and a number of sailors began to plan. In March 1968, the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was announced – the first ever attempt to sail solo non-stop around the world. There was no entry fee, virtually no rules nor qualification requirements because most of those who become entrants were already well on the way with their planning to attempt this challenge anyway. By offering a trophy for the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world via the five great capes and another £5000 UK Pounds for the fastest time, the Paper created an instant race and a great story to increase circulation. Nine colourful characters with varying sailing skills headed off at various times in a strange collection of yachts. There was only one finisher – Robin Knox-Johnston and his 9.75m traditional ketich riigged double ended yacht Suhaili who at the start, was considered the most unlikely boat and given no chance.. The rest either sank, retired or committed suicide. French entrant Bernard Moitessier famously continued sailing his sturdy yacht Joshua rounded Cape Horn, then continued on for a second ciruit of the Southern Ocean ending up in Tahiti to “save my soul” as he put it, rather than head back to civilization, a possible winner and certain fame. Donald Crowhurst sailed an imaginary voyage around the world, whilst actually sailing in circles in the Atlantic Ocean. He simply transmitted fake position reports hoping to fool the world. Ultimately this deception played out a twisted route in his mind, all described with great detail in his log to the point he finally slipped over the side in an apparent suicide, his trimaran found drifting, abandoned. The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race quickly became legend to sailors and non-sailors alike with its triumph and tragedies and epic human endeavour in facing the unknown. It remains so today. Later, the Race would inspire the formation of the BOC Challenge Around Alone and Vendee Globe solo round the world races. To learn more about this fascinating story, go to Wikipedia, watch the documentary Deep Water or read these excellent books: A World of My Own by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols In 2017 the Hollywood film The Mercy telling the story of Donald Crowhurst (played by Colin Firth) will screen around the world. All Historic video footage and photos of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race are the exclusive copywright of PPL PHOTO AGENCY , E-mail: ppl@mistral.co.uk, Web: www.pplmedia.com and may not be reproduced in any format for any purpose under any condition and may not be retransmitted at any time without the written permission of the rights holder.

First winner Golden globe

Jean-Luc van den Heede is the father figure of French solo sailing. The 5-time circumnavigator already holds the record for the fastest solo west-about non-stop circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, and has been a podium finisher in four previous solo round the world races. He finished 2nd in the 1986 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race, 3rd in the 1990 Vendée Globe Race, 2nd in the 1993 Vendée Globe, and 3rd in the 1995 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race. Van den Heede bought a Rustler 36 class yacht in august 2015 and spent the first few months test sailing her out in the Atlantic before commencing a complete refit in his homeport of La Sables d’Olonne.

He has won sponsorship from the French insurance group MATMUT.

Jean-Luc says of the GGR: “From all my experiences, I am well aware of the difficulties this race poses. The slow speeds of these classic old boats with their long keels, the absence of weather information, the loss of all electronics and reliance on a sextant to plot positions, the lack of terrestrial contact, and the replacement of an electric pilot with wind vane self steering, will make this test even more random and difficult than the Vendée Globe.
But this is good. I want to re-live the conditions and challenges that my sailing predecessors enjoyed and to this end I have optimised my Rustler 36: New mast, new rigging, new engine, new sails, watertight bulkheads, and new winches. I am very conscious of the problems that are likely to occur during our 8 or 9 months of sea and have done everything to make Matmut safer. I am also trying to get myself in the best physical condition with the assistance of a physio, a coach – and my bicycle!
I have also rediscovered the environment and comradeship I loved so much during the first editions of these races. We are all conscious that this will be a difficult adventure and that engenders a strong bond between us that I have not seen since the first Mini Transat 6.50 and Vendée Globe race back in the early ‘90s.
My goal is to be in good health at the start with a top boat, then, take each day in turn, absorbing the emotions and thoughts of those who preceded us: Slocum, Moitessier, Alain Gerbault, Vito Dumas and of course, my good friend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who set such an example for us all 50 years ago.”

Globe 5.80 Transat

October 31st 2021 will mark the start of an extraordinary first ever 2021 GLOBE 5.80 Transat (G580T), a single-handed solo race across the Atlantic in 19ft-5.8mtr home built plywood yachts. The idea of creating this new Mini Class of yacht, was launched in March 2020 just before the COVID dramas were kicking in. The G580T was announced at the same time and builders have been creating their adventure ocean racing Globe 5.80 yachts in garages, tents and backyards ever since.


Beside telling stories we also want to contribute too other sailers making their own sailing stories