18. June 2021

Sailing on Joshua

My teenage years were spent reading about pioneering sailors like Joshua Slocum, Bernard Moitessier and Robin Knox-Johnston. It was their hair-raising stories of huge seas, dramatic […]
4. June 2021

Kennedy – The Sailing President

To understand JFK, his aims, and the magic that radiated from hin, one must also know about the passion of the Kennedy family for sailing and […]
21. May 2021

Boats, Books and Buttons

The world’s largest library of yachting books is one of the main attractions of the new Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage centre in Flensburg. The collection […]
18. May 2021

Sailing and silver in their most purest form

The silverware manufacturer Robbe & Berking is celebrating its 140th anniversary. For nearly 20 years, the company has been closely connected with all things maritime on […]
11. May 2021

Of princes and dragons

The career of Johan August Anker as a yacht designer sounds almost magical, Especially as princes and dragons play a part in his story… Once there […]
6. October 2020


legendary 12-metre yacht has had a long journey so far, from Australia via the United States and Italy to Flensburg. In 1962 she was the boat of the Australian challenger, Sir Frank Packer, but she was sailed by Jock Sturrock and was the faster boat. Despite this, the American yacht, Weatherly, with Bus Moosbacher at the helm, won in the end. One race was actually won by Gretel and the others were exceptionally tight. This was the first challenge that could actually have been successful. Gretel is named after the wife of Frank Packer, who once again challenged with Gretel II in 1970.