Sorry for the delay in telling this story. It’s getting quite busy around here and I haven’t had any brain cells left to write at the end of the day.

Two weeks ago, there was a sailing race around Lake Constance. I was told that there were 500 boats on the lake, all different types of sailboats. It starts outside the Lindau harbor and they have 24 hours to sail around the lake, visit checkpoints and return to the harbor. The boats are not allowed to have motors onboard, so they are completely dependent on the wind. If there is no wind, the race can’t start. Also, I was told that this weekend is guaranteed to have the worst weather of the year.

Thankfully, the weather was absolutely gorgeous that day. It was sunny with a warm breeze. The sky was clear and we could see the mountains in Austria and Switzerland more clearly than ever before.

the boats lined up for the start

And then it was time to start. There was a great breeze in the middle of the lake, and they all went quickly away.

And they're off!

After all the boats were out of view (which actually took some time because there were so many), my officemates and I had sparkling wine and enjoyed the festival. It was a fun evening.

A few days later, I got the details of the race from my officemate. His landlady’s husband was on a boat in the race. He said that the wind stopped just around the corner from the island in a town called Wasserberg (5 km west of Lindau). Only 33 boats made it back to Lindau in 24 hours. The rest were stuck on the lake for 2-3 days.

The race started on Friday night. The next morning, this officemate flew from Friedrichshafen to Cologne. He said it was the most beautiful flight he had ever taken. The sky was clear and he could see for miles…..and all the sailboats were stuck in one spot on the lake.

Even if the sailors didn’t have much fun, we certainly had fun in Lindau!