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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Circumnavigator Paul Piendl heads from Schondorf for the fifth continent

Schondorf – It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Paul Piendl, a waterway in Schondorf. This is mainly because where he currently travels from atoll to atoll, reef to reef and island to island in the Pacific Ocean, there is rarely access to WiFi or cellular networks.

The now 23-year-old has reported back to KREISBOTEN – from a small town called Savusavu in the north of the island state of Fiji in the South Pacific. “We got here in early September,” says Paul. Two weeks, with a stopover at the ‘mid-ocean reef’ and Western Samoa, ‘Vasa’ traveled 1,800 nautical miles (about 3,333 km) from Bora Bora in French Polynesia to Fiji, northwest of Tahiti. With Paul and the three “girls”. In addition to Maley of Belgium and Keren of Israel, who have been with Pindal for a long time, his sister Luisa also joined the crew in Tahiti for two weeks.

“It was really nice, even though the boat was full of four people. We saw a lot – and in the evening we grilled the fish we caught at the campfire on the beach,” enthuses the Amer Lake adventurer Is. “We were a really good team, everything was working wonderfully.”

Would you like fresh fish? Schondorf circumnavigator Paul Pindle brings dinner straight from the Pacific Ocean – much to the delight of his crew members. © Shin

Except for one incident, which he did not account for at all, as he had been vaccinated and had already been infected with the corona. Namely on the island of West Samoa, once a German colony that was closed for three years due to a pandemic. “We were only the tenth boat allowed to return,” Pindal says. He caught the covid virus again: “The day after departure I had fever, aching limbs and a headache.” Then the test was positive. Paul: “The girls had to go sailing, which worked perfectly. I was lucky that after six days, when I entered Fiji, I was negative again. Otherwise we would have been in quarantine.”

Louisa is now back home, and the other two “girls” will soon leave the ship. What will happen next? The boat builder from Schondorf has very specific plans: “I want to be in western Fiji at the end of September, from there I will leave for Australia.” Paul has planned “16 to 18 days” for this route and wants to be in Sydney at the end of October. With which team? “It’s not certain yet,” he says. “Maybe we’ll do it in two or three. But I’d also really like to go sailing alone”.

Piendl wants to stay Down Under until April next year, but this time there won’t be a Christmas trip to Amer Lake like last year. “I applied for a yacht captain’s license in Australia and can expect to be a crew member on another boat on Christmas and New Year’s at the Sydney-Hobart Regatta (held since 1945/ed.). That’s it. would be my dream.”

In addition, on the fifth continent is on the program “Work and make money”. Paul: “I don’t have any solid job offers yet. But I do hope to work as a captain on a charter yacht or as a dock manager at a marina.

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