Sailing with my Helbling 485
Meanwhiles I am better in sailing. Last year I turned my dinghy over at least 7 times. Sometimes it was quite hard to turn it back again.
But after a lot of training in the new year, I am quite happy with my expertise. I am going with the boat always alone and since a couple of weeks I am able to use he trapeze.
Yesterday we tried out the catamaran of my friend he had bought this spring. It was great fun. I also have a Europe winner now gotten for free. We had to repair it, but now it is wonderful to sail.
In fact we have tree boats to use now, my Helbling 485 from the foto, the small Europe Winner an the catamaran.
Today another friend joined us on the catamaran. I used my Helbling 485. Was just fun though there was no sun and after an hour or so, it started to rain.
My wife gave me a ticket for a tandem jump at a near skydive station to my birthday. Last weekend the big event happened.
You get a short training how to behave in the plane and on the jump and then you sit into the small plane and go up 3000 meters over sea level.
I was so scared. From time to time I thought what would happen if the plane has a problem. You couldn’t do anything, would just crash down.
Up there the door is opened an you have to climb out the guid knotted onto your back. I had just no time to think about anything at that time. There is nothing under your feet, just this small part of the plane. Then you lean yourself to the right and fall.
40 seconds of free fall down to “Züricher Oberland”! Then the guid pulls the line and you are up there hanging in a piece of fabric. I was scared again, thinking about the nothing below my feet and the thin lines holding me up.
At the end it was great great great. Coming down I had the urgent wish just to go up and do it again. Maybe next year.
Since 2 months I have a ticket for the fitness studio again. I had one more than ten years and had been in the studio nearly twice a week. But suddenly, approximately 2 years ago I had enough. Now, I am back together with two friends. This time in a local studio just 10 minutes away by car: in the near hotel Ramada.
There is a wellness park in this new hotel. It contains a sauna, fitness studio, a hamam area and a small pool outside with salt water. It’s great. I really enjoy the pool with the salt water.
Normally I go to the studio twice a week early in the morning, on my way to the office and most of the time my friend is also there. And then I do a lesson on the weekend, either in the late morning or in the late afternoon, mostly again together with a friend. In the morning I have no time to enjoy the pool, but at the weekend or when being there in the night, we always take a short bath in the pool.
I always feel like being on holiday. The studio it very new, the fitness area has more than 1000 qm and there are not too many people. Really really relaxing.
A friend an me, we decided this summer to join the local sailing club and to start sailing.
The lake with the sailing club area is just 1.5 kilometers from our flat, and I always wished to have my own boat. So, was just a question of time to start with this hobby.
And here is my boat. I bought it from a couple from the club who doesn’t need it anymore. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Helbling 485!
Next spring, as soon as there is enough water in the lake, I will do my first turn.
Normally I am not the guy who is buying a sports device before he is sure to practise the sport. But this time, it will be different. But I’m sure, this will become a lovely hobby.
Flat in Salzburg
Just a couple of months before I went to Switzerland and decided to live there, I had bought a small flat a couple of kilometres, about 10 minutes outside of Salzburg.
It’s a really beautiful flat, I was very happy there from the very beginning. But living in Switzerland, I rented it to different people and was not able to use it myself.
But last summer I have renovated the whole flat and and will use it now for me and my family to make holidays there. We already spend a week over there in October and bought all necessary furniture and after Christmas, we will be there again.
Our idea is, to rent it on a weekly basis to people from Switzerland. So if you wish to have some nice days in Salzburg, in one of the most beautiful places I know, the just send me an email.
As I had an injury beginning of this year, I was not able to do as much sport as in the last couple of years. In fact, I was not allowed to do running and also did less on my bike and participated no races this year.
Instead I made some lessons in golf in June and went almost every weekend to the near golf court in Studen, just 15 minutes by car.
Golf is really a sport for everybody, you will not start sweating. But this is also a benefit because you can go to the green even after you already spent several hours on the bike or somewhere else because golf is more relaxing than exhausting.
I had about 6 lessons together with 5 other guys and had much fun with the trainer and the colleagues. I got lent a good golf bag from my neighbour, so the only thing I had to buy for being able to do this new sport was a trousers, because of the dress code on the court.
Seems that I will stick to this new sport though meanwhiles I am back running (not such a lot of kilometres like in the last years) and back on the bike and I also started again doing some fitness in a studio.
Starting from Einsiedeln there are a lot of mountain bike tours. You can go into all directions. But one of the most beautiful ones is if you go to the hill which is between Einsiedeln and lake Zürich.
From there you have a extraordinary view over the whole lake, back to Einsiedeln and the mountains and you can even see Zürich itself which is about 30 kilometres away.
Once a year there is a big mountain bike race called “Iron bike” which starts and ends in Einsiedeln. The tour goes up and down over several mountains in total more than 2300 meters of altitude. The first up is this hill with the lake Zürich on your left.
But while participating at the race you barely have the time to enjoy the view, so better to make the tour on a sunny sunday morning.
This year winter started perfectly. There was already enough snow beginning of December so that it was possible to do cross country skating in Einsiedeln.
But after Christmas the weather suddenly became so warm that most of the snow was gone within a couple of days: no skiing anymore.
I took the opportunity and used my snow shoes I had bought a couple of years ago and rarely used to walk onto this hill called Spital in the back of Einsiedeln.
The hill or mountain is not hight, barely above timberline and you can start walking in the village. I took a photo from top of the hill. In the background there is lake Sihlsee.
The name of the hill is funny because Spital means in German hospital and you can see the hospital of Einsiedeln from over there.