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Countdown: 19 days until we will continue.

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Welcome Home

Michael and JoAnne Gray

Guemes Island San Juan Island Washington

Hi Gabi and Lutz, we hope you are rested up after your long trip home and enjoying family and friends! Best of everything during your stay in Germany. We look forward to talking to you on Skype before Wednesday. Hugs!!


Hallo Ihr Lieben

Angela Ruhland

Guangzhou / China

hab eben gelesen was passiert ist. Oh yehhh..... da hattet ihr aber wirklich Pech. In der Tat - Gott sei Dank ist niemand verletzt worden. Wir wünschen euch, dass sich alles nun ganz schnell zum Guten wendet und ihr eure Reise wieder fortsetzen bzw. geniessen könnt. Euren Berichten zufolge scheint ihr ja in Japan viele Freunde gefunden zu haben, die euch eure Zeit verkürzen bzw. etwas aufmuntern. Ganz liebe Grüße aus eurer alten 'Heimat' China von Jörg und mir.


Grüße aus Nürnberg

Uschi Koch


Hallo Hr. Pestel, das ist ja furchtbar, was Ihnen und Ihrer Frau passiert ist. Wir hier in Nürnberg sind alle ganz schockiert. Glücklicherweise gab es keine Personenschäaden :-). Wir wünschen Ihnen für die Zukunft gute Nerven und hoffen mit Ihnen, dass Sie bald wieder auf hoher See sein können. Viele Grüße aus Nürnberg senden Ihnen alle noch verbliebenen Kollegen.


Our Hearts and Thoughts are With You

JoAnne and Michael Gray

Guemes Island WA USA

Hello Gabi and Lutz, we are so thankful you are safe after the accident and that you have been able to enjoy the friendship, hospitality and thoughtfulness from your new friends Toshi and Chisato. We are happy to hear that you could escape the memories of the nightmare and enjoy a fun experience away from the surroundings that only remind you of this horrible event. We are grateful for such wonderful people in this world that would reach out to you and extend their help and care. We so appreciate your phone calls and look forward to talking with you when you return to SuAn. Much love, JoAnne and Michael


In Gedanken bei euch - Kopf hoch!

Maren & Fred


Hallo Gabi, hallo Lutz Ohh Sch...., ihr seit zum Glück Gesund!! Wir sind in Gedanken bei euch und drücken euch die Damen für eine mögliche und schnelle Fortsetzung eurer Reise. Liebe Grüße Maren & Fred



Walter Ott


Liebe Gabi und Lutz, haben gerade von eurem Unglück gelesen. Wir sind sehr froh, dass euch nichts passiert ist. Wir drücken die Daumen und hoffen, dass sich eine Lösung findet und eure Reise weitergehen kann. Grüße aus Köln, Walter und Roswitha von der ALOMA



Delane Rivenbark

Okinawa, Japan

Lutz & Gabi, Neil and I really enjoyed our 2 wonderful days at sea aboard SuAn. Thank you for that opportunity and for being such excellent host. We spent the next two days driving (275 km) all over Amami and learned much about the island. We took many photos and will send shortly. I see that you are enjoying Yaku-Shima. Take care! Delane



Fred & Maren


Hallo Gabi, hallo Lutz Die DHBM ist super, 4 Daumen hoch. Könnt ihr den Käpten auch nach Schweden schicken? Die Bratwürste sind toll, Brötchen backen wir selbst. Wir wünschen euch eine schnelle Lieferung aller Ersatzteile und baldige Weiterreise. Nun noch liebe Ostergrüße von Maren & Fred


Great Recovery! Happy you are safe

Michael and JoAnne Gray

Paradise Bay Anchorage - Bay of Islands NZ

Dear Lutz and Gabi - we were able to finally catch up on Internet the past two days as we have been out in the sailing in NZ. What a scary experience and so fortunate that it did not happen offshore! We admire your fortitude and resourcefulness in dealing with these obstacles and also the bureaucratic hurdles. Hopefully now you will be able to meet and establish friendships with the Japanese people! Tonight is our last night out this year in the Bay of Islands. We are sailing back to Opua Marina tomorrow to began preparing "Destiny" for our absence the rest of this year. Lots of Love!


Oh shit



I'm watching you sail by my home as we speak. My home is high up on a hill in Yomitan Village. Viewed through my Telescope I could see one on deck in a red jacket (maybe Lutz) and noticed you looked very balanced with the reef in the main and it might be a bit more sporty once you round the point in about hour. OH shit I think I see that you just lost your forestay. I will come out with a boat now


Grüße nach Japan

Fred & Maren


Hallo Gabi und Lutz, toll dass ihr es trotz aller Widrigkeiten doch noch geschafft habt. Wir waren ja 1,5 Jahre in Japan aber "Glauben" in Plastverpackung haben wir nicht gesehen. Aber Natto können wir euch empfehlen! ;-) Wir wünschen euch eine schöne Zeit in Japan. Genießt es und macht viele Bilder, dann können wir in Erinnerungen schwelgen! Liebe Grüße aus dem nun schon frühlingshaften Schweden Fred & Maren


Are you still in Okinawa?

Toni and Jaime Maginnis

Kingsport, Tennessee, USA

Dear Gabi and Lutz, I am having problems with my entry into your guestbook. I am so excited that you are visiting Japan. How long will you be there? I have enjoyed reading about your travels. I hope you are well and enjoying your experiences as well. Love from Toni and Jaime.



Michael and JoAnne Gray

Opunga Cove New Zealand

Congratulations on your arrival to the "Land of the Rising Sun"! What an accomplishment! Enjoy some relaxation and then we will try to connect with you via Skype. We are so happy for you.



Michael and JoAnne Gray

Opua Bay of Islands New Zealand

Hello dear and special Friends, we are most excited for your anticipated arrival tomorrow into the country of Japan. You are amazing sailors and adventurers! We look forward to talking with you on Skype when you get situated and also to a conference call with brother Steve and sister-in-law Mary on Skype. They await your arrival to Alaska in June with open arms and welcome. We miss you and are very happy for your successful and safe arrival. Lots of love, JoAnne, Michael, and DESTINY.


Cookin' !

Michael and JoAnne Gray

C34 Opua Marina

Suan is eating the miles to Japan! 155 per day is really good and it seems your strategy for not sailing rumb line is working well. Loved the "Greed Kills" line :-) How soon will you need to don the warm clothing! Safe sailing and see you in a few months!


G'Day Dear Friends

Michael and JoAnne Gray

Opua - Bay of Islands New Zealand

Following your progress and looking forward to speaking via Skype again soon! After being in Auckland last week with my brother (visiting from Kodiak Alaska) we are now back in Opua working on boat projects until brother and sister-in-law visit us after their trek at Milford Sound. Hope all you packages arrived! Let us know if we can do anything for you.


Watching your progress

Michael and JoAnne Gray

Omakiwi Bay (Bay of Islands New Zeland

Were finally able to get on Internet today. Wow! What a scary encounter with the tanker! We are so thankful your AIS was "on watch" and functioning perfectly! Congrats on the fish and happy you liked the "Destiny" Indonesian rice salad. Hugs, MnJ


Good Lookin' Couple

Michael and JoAnne Gray

Opua New Zealand

Great picture! You two look great! Received your links and will do research soon.


Große Freude

Marlene und Bert


Liebe Gabi, lieber Lutz, so, jetzt sind wir wieder auf dem Laufenden, haben alles nachgelesen. Danke für Euren Anruf per Skype, es ist so eine große Freude, Eure Stimmen zu hören! Wir wünschen Euch ein spannendes, aufregendes und gesundes neues Jahr mit vielen schönen Erlebnissen. Fair winds - take care! Marlene und Bert


Happy New Year!

Liu Lijun


Have nice trip in 2015!