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Henrik has been to the Azores before. In a mini – sailing his qualifying race for his first Minitransat in 2007 (www.mini650.de). Henrik participated twice in the Minitransat, successful in 2007 to Salvador de Bahia (Brasil). But in the 2013 edition his mini-prototype CARIBOU got shipwrecked after a collision in the middle of the Biscay and he was forced to abandon it.
His energy to sail single handed regatta became even stronger and - after he had recovered from this tragedy - he prepared for the next step: sailing a class 40. As it has always been his plan, he was even more ambitious and prepared to join the Global Ocean Race (GOR). Of course he was heavily disappointed about the cancellation of the GOR by Josh Hall. Originally this Azores regatta was planned to be the qualifying passage for the GOR.
The 49 year old father of two children will stay with this plan and participate the AZAB-race single hand. His future goal for his long term sailing campaign after the Azores are to sail the Transat J.V. (once sponsor finding is successfully), or as a private challenge, to sail single handed around the world. In normal life Henrik is IT-Engineer born and based close to Hamburg north of Germany.
The Class 40 racing yacht was successfully campaigned as CG MER under skipper Wilfried Clerton in 2008. She took two races in the north atlantic and has always been a hot boat. Sticking to the original Marc-Lombard-lines that made the Akilaria boats so quick and famous she was the first of revised design featuring a newly layout for cockpit and deck.
In 2012/13 she was campaigned by the ambitious corinthians Michelle Zwagerman and Pat Convay. The couple from Australia rechristened her CROIX DU SUD and racing her along the routes of the Transat Jacques-Vabre.
Henrik bought the well-kept yacht in 2014 laying in Lorient. He delivered her to Germany and sailed her a lot especially in the Baltic.
She is still a good first generation Class 40 that goes fast as hell without additional surplus weight.