Sailing Through Europe

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He calls himself the “Flying Northman.” Born and raised in Germany, Hendrik Lepel has lived in Ireland for the past eight years. As he explains in this video, he dreamed of sailing from his adopted home to his birthplace, but lacked the means to buy and crew a sailboat… until two years ago when he came across a Hobie trimaran sailing kayak. This summer, Lepel plans to depart Kinsale, Ireland, on a  2,500-kilometer voyage to Rostock, Germany, where he hopes to arrive 4-6 weeks later, in time to join 200 other (much larger!) sailing vessels from around the world for the Hanse Sail event.

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