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"Trans-Ocean" Association for the Promotion of Deep Sea Sailing
legal form registered association
founding October 20, 1968 in Idstein
Seat Cuxhaven ( coordinates: 53 ° 51 ′ 43.2 ″  N , 8 ° 41 ′ 58 ″  E )
motto The sea in the heart.
purpose Promotion of deep sea sailing
Chair Peter Wiedekamm
Members 4,500

The "Trans-Ocean" association for the promotion of deep sea sailing e. V. is a sailing club for blue water and cruising sailors .


On October 20, 1968, 17 women and men came together in Idstein to realize the idea of ​​the architect and single-handed sailor Claus Hehner , namely to specifically promote deep sea sailing. Trans Ocean was supposed to fill a gap and support those ocean-going sailors who could not expect such support from other sources, but who wanted to take part in ocean regattas or otherwise practice deep-sea sailing on the world's oceans.

The specific reason was an idea by Claus Hehner, who wanted to take part in the OSTAR transatlantic race, which takes place every four years , but had no money. Other clubs that were active in the German Sailing Association saw the initiative quite skeptically at the beginning. Nevertheless, Trans Ocean was accepted as an associate member. Since Hehner was active in the Cuxhaven sailing association, the city at the mouth of the Elbe became the domicile of the new association. In the meantime, the focus of club life is no longer in regatta sport, but in long-distance sailing, although regattas are still financially supported.

1968-1989:: Dr. iur. Jörn-Ulrich Bachmann , senior district director
1989–2005: Helmut Bellmer, professional radio operator, holder of the Federal Cross of Merit
2005–2011: Bernd Luetgebrune, lawyer and notary
2012–2019: Martin Birkhoff, landscape architect and circumnavigator.
since November 2019: Peter Wiedekamm, circumnavigator

Benefits for members

The association maintains a worldwide network of bases to support members on long journeys. The bases are run by German-speaking base managers on a voluntary basis. They offer local information to Trans-Ocean members and often help sailors with communication, for example through postal services.

Trans-Ocean collects and publishes location reports from members who are on long journeys. This enables relatives and friends to follow the journey. A similar service is offered in cooperation with the Intermar amateur radio association.

For members who own their own ship, the association issues a stand permit as unofficial, association- related proof of ownership. Members may lead the club stand. In 2011, the club's own boat register recorded 3,522 yachts; in 2016 it was 2,910.

At times, the association brokered group health insurance that was geared towards the needs of long-distance sailors. The processing of this insurance was the subject of criminal proceedings in 2016. From 2012 to 2016 internal disputes shaped the club life. The association has been sued several times by individual members and several board critics have been excluded. After a decision by the general meeting, the former chairman of the association, Bernd Luetgebrune, was excluded from the association due to legal costs that were not reimbursed. Against this background, the Cuxhavener Nachrichten summarized in November 2016: " However, the association has lost some of its former esteem due to years of quarrels about the work of the board."

Apart from an office there are neither club rooms nor a club harbor.

Trans Ocean Prize

Once a year, the Trans-Ocean Prize is awarded for a special achievement in ocean sailing. In addition to the Schlimbach Prize , which was discontinued in 2004, and the Golden Compass of the sailing comradeship “The coat of arms of Bremen” , the Trans-Ocean Prize is currently the highest honor in German sailing. The prize will be awarded towards the end of the year following the annual general meeting in Cuxhaven . The winner will be kept secret until the award ceremony. In addition, the association awards the “Trans Ocean Medal” for particularly sporting achievements, the “Circumnavigator Award” and the “Silver Kugelbake”. The latter for non-stop trips from North America to Cuxhaven.

The award was created by the then founding member and artist Arno Knof, who also designed the medals. The winners will only receive a framed picture with an engraved plaque. After the award ceremony, the prize itself used to be in the office of the mayor of Cuxhaven, then for a while in the Cuxhaven fishing museum, today it is in the TO office.

Horst-Helmut Wind was a juror for the award for a long time .

year Award winners yacht route Duration travel
1970 Ingeborg von Heister Ultima Ratio (35 foot trimaran according to plans by Arthur Piver) North Atlantic crossing, one-handed in both directions
1971 Folkmar Count Dadztoy (6.30 m, self-made) 88 days North Atlantic crossing New York - Cuxhaven, one-handed.
1972 Jörgen Meyer Paloma (sloop, 10.5 m) 000000000027000.000000000027,000 nm 50 weeks German speed record for circumnavigating the world on the Passat route, which is unbeaten to this day (2009)
1973 Gerd Müller Raireva 000000000030000.000000000030,000 nm 7 years Circumnavigation of the world from August 1966 to October 1973.
1974 Reinhard Laucht Peter of Danzig 000000000028500.000000000028,500 nm Skipper at the Whitbread Round the World Race 1973/1974
1975 Claus Hehner Mex (35 foot GRP sloop) 6,038 nm 52d 16h 18m Trans-Pacific one-handed regatta (San Francisco - Okinawa)
1976 Götz "Jacky" Schreiber Joshua (Najad 900) 102 days From the Azores via Newfoundland along the west coast of Greenland to Thule (78 ° 15 'N), as far as no sports sailor before him. Return non-stop from Greenland to Heligoland.
1977 Hans-Wolf Steinig Seven Seas 000000000031000.000000000031,000 nm World tour from October 1972 to 1977
1978 Hans-Dieter Lamle Kattegat 000000000013500.000000000013,500 nm From Falmouth one-handed through the Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas and from there through the Panama Canal to Florida
1979 Wilfried Erdmann Kathena 000000000030223.000000000030,223 nm 421 days at sea First German one-handed circumnavigation
1980 Burghard Pieske Shangri-La (DIY catamaran) ten years Circumnavigation. First east-west circumnavigation of Cape Horn by a yacht flying the German flag
1981 Ernst Bullmer Bummler X (Catamaran Apache 42) 3 years Circumnavigation on the Passat route
1982 Erich Wilts , Heide Wilts Freydis (15 m modified Reinke Hydra) 000000000023000.000000000023,000 nm 11 months Antarctica, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Patagonia, Galapagos Islands, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Cuxhaven
1983 Richard Konkolski (CZE) Nike II 000000000030000.000000000030,000 nm 213 days For participation in the BOC Challenge (one-handed in stages around the world)
1984 Theo Biesemann with son Jörg Jönathe N   Circumnavigation of the world from August 1981 to autumn 1984, Cape Horn from west to east, capsizing at Cape Horn on March 17, 1983, breakage of both masts, first with emergency rig, then with emergency mast (telegraph mast from Port Stanley) to the Azores.
1985 Wilfried Erdmann Kathena Nui (Dübbel & Jesse Nordsee 34 made of aluminum) 000000000030183.000000000030,183 nm 271 days First one-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world by a German in a west-east direction
1986 Dieter Kowalewski Snowball (10 m steel Taranga)   3 months North Atlantic trip, including Plymouth-USA as part of a regatta, youngest prize winner at the age of 25
1987 Reimar Böttger Pleiades 000000000017700.000000000017,700 nm 145 days February 12, 1987 from Helgoland non-stop up to 37.5 ° S, via St. Helena to Cape Farvel / Greenland, Jan Mayen. September 2nd, 1987 arrival in Lesum.
1988 ASV Berlin Walrus III 000000000028500.000000000028,500 nm On July 31, 1987 from Cuxhaven to Australia for the 200th anniversary. Back in Cuxhaven on July 9, 1988.
1989 Wolfgang Quix Jeantex T 3000 (40 foot sloop by Georg Nissen) For his constant presence in international high seas regattas
1990 Gudrun Calligaro Girl (Dufour Arpèrge) 000000000031843.000000000031,843 nm 338 days at sea First German single-handed circumnavigator. Brest, Cape Town, Tasman Sea, Panama Canal, Brest
1991 Rollo Gebhard Solveig IV ( Hallberg-Rassy 42) 8 years Emden, from Cairns (Australia) non-stop to Emden, together with his wife Angelika
1992 Gerd Engel Sposmoker I (15 m self-made catamaran) 000000000005457.00000000005,457 nm 69 days One-hand trip into the pack ice, north of Svalbard
1993 Hans Richter Mariele (Standfast 47) 000000000022000.000000000022,000 nm 402 days One-handed from Europe to the South Atlantic and South Pacific around Cape Horn and back to the Mediterranean
1994 Norbert Schirra Amateur (11 m self-made steel)   7 years One-handed circumnavigation of the world, 1987 to 1994, despite illness with long single passages and a detour to Alaska
1995 Paul Maier Matangi (41 feet self-made catamaran)   4 years Circumnavigation of the world with woman and child via the Strait of Magellan and the Cape of Good Hope
1996 Hans Zitzelsberger Zulu (Phantom 30)   5 years Two circumnavigations of the world between 1987 and 1994. The first one-handed, the second one-handed. At the end of 70 years.
1997 Detlef von Schmeling Jenny von Westphalen (13.4 m wooden boat built in 1938) 000000000046000.000000000046,000 nm 2 years Circumnavigation around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope. July 1995 to June 1997.
1998 Gerd Engel Sposmoker II (18.4 m self-made catamaran) 000000000022000.000000000022,000 nm Cuxhaven, South America, Antarctica, non-stop Ushuaia (Argentina) to Cuxhaven, then to the pack ice near Spitsbergen.
1999 Sailing companionship "The coat of arms of Bremen" Coat of arms of Bremen III 000000000030000.000000000030,000 nm 12 months Bremerhaven, Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, Cape Horn Passage, Caribbean, US East Coast, Greenland, Iceland, Bremerhaven
2000 Reinhard Bellingrodt Lady II (Contest 36) 000000000022000.000000000022,000 nm 11 months One-handed circumnavigation of the world - Gibraltar, Atlantic, Pacific, South Seas, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Greece
2001 Wilfried Erdmann Kathena Nui (Dübbel & Jesse Nordsee 34) 000000000031362.000000000031,362 nm 343 days First one-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world by a German in an east-west direction
2002 Erich Wilts Freydis (15 m modified Reinke Hydra) 12 years Two circumnavigations of the world and Antarctic circumnavigation with his wife Heide and changing charter guests
2003 Uwe Röttgering FANFAN! (40 foot aluminum cutter from Dick Zaal) 000000000050213.000000000050,213 nm 26 months Hooksiel, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Arctic Ocean Islands, New Zealand, Midway Atoll, Chile, Cape Horn, South Georgia, Cape Town, Newport, Faroe Islands, Hooksiel. The award winner returned the award in 2012 in protest against the club's management.
2004 Johanna Zimmermann, Otto Max Zimmermann Astronotus II (Reinke Hydra) Lisbon, Fernando de Norhona, Cape Town, Kerguelen, Tasmania, Australia, Cairns, New Caledonia, Alaska, Vancouver, Marquesas, Tuamotos, Tahiti, South America, Cabo Virgines (Chile), Azores, Plymouth, Wilhelmshaven
2005 Bernt Lüchtenborg Auryn (Moody 42) 000000000052000.000000000052,000 nm 1850 days With a decision of January 11, 2010, Lüchtenborg's award was revoked by the board. The reason for this was incorrect information about the itinerary. Lüchtenborg could not provide evidence of a trip to Antarctica, nor that he made large parts of the trip, as claimed, one-handed.
2006 Ingrid Pfeiffer, Timm Pfeiffer Sunshine (12 m steel sloop) 000000000055805.000000000055,805 nm 9½ years Four equator crossings, three Atlantic crossings
2007 Manfred Jabbusch White Which ( Hallberg-Rassy 352) 7 years Trinidad , Kerguelen , Fremantle , Trinidad
2008 Kathrin Meinert, Stefan Post Sidartha (11.5 m Feltz Skorpion II) 000000000038914.000000000038,914 nm 4 years Barefoot route , Cape of Good Hope , Brazilian, Chilean channels (Beagle Channel, Puerto Edén, Gulf of Sorrows)
2009 Boris Herrmann , Felix Oehme Beluga Racer (Akilaria Class 40) 000000000030000.000000000030,000 nm 146 days at sea Victory at the Portimão Global Ocean Race
2010 Klaus Häussler, Maria Häussler Ludos Amoris (Ketsch, Hallberg Rassy 41) Pacific trip
2011 Susanne Huber-Curphey So long 000000000085157.000000000085,157 nm 11 years Crossed an ocean 20 times
2012 Michael Herbst Tanoa (Kat, Privilège 37) 000000000047000.000000000047,000 nm 14 years Circumnavigation, south around Australia, partly one-handed
2013 Marietta van Bakel (NL) and Paulus Kamstra (NL) Nije Faam (Germania 40) 000000000050000.000000000050,000 nm 8 years Circumnavigation, Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope, Antarctica and river stages
2014 Hans-Rolf Rauert and Barbara Köberle Resolute (Reinke Super Secura) 4 years Lübeck, Cuxhaven, Cape Verde, Brazil, Cape Horn, Easter Island, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, Brazil
2015 Henrik Masekowitz Croix du sud, Akilaria Class 40 1,200 nm 5d 03h 36m One-handed record at the 2015 AZAB regatta from England to the Azores
2016 Mareike Guhr La medianoche


000000000045000.000000000045,000 nm 4½ years Circumnavigation, 37 countries visited, 140 fellow sailors
2017 Susanne Huber-Curphey Nehaj (39 foot aluminum long keel, Koopmans design) - sm - days Crossing the Northwest Passage. One-handed as the first woman.
2018 Szymon Kuczynski (POL) Atlantic Puffin (22 foot GRP yacht) approx. 29,000 nm 270 days One-handed non-stop circumnavigation in the smallest boat to date - Plymouth to Plymouth
2019 Asia Pajkowska (POL) FANFAN! (40 foot aluminum cutter from Dick Zaal) approx. 29,000 nm 216 days One-handed circumnavigation of the world non-stop, first Polish woman - Plymouth to Plymouth

Trans-Ocean Magazine

The membership magazine "Trans-Ocean, Association for the Promotion of Deep Sea Sailing" appears every three months. In addition to news from the club, from the bases and from the sailing scene, it contains reports from the worldwide sailing areas, which are often written by the members. The magazine has been published since 1971. The issues have been numbered consecutively since then. The magazine is also referred to with the secondary titles "Trans-Ocean", "Mitteilungsblatt" and later "TO".


The "Trans-Ocean" association for the promotion of deep sea sailing e. V. is a member of the following associations and clubs:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Articles of Association of the Association. (PDF) In: September 13, 2016, accessed October 30, 2019 .
  2. ^ Klaus Fohrmann: Extended cash check of the Trans-Ocean Association for the promotion of deep sea sailing. (PDF; 860 kB) November 19, 2012, archived from the original on December 24, 2017 ; accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  3. Carsten Kemmling: leadership crisis at Trans Ocean. Trans Ocean: Chairman Luetgebrune resigns after alleging financial irregularities. In: SegelReporter, December 27, 2011, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  4. ^ Johannes Erdmann: First chairman resigns. In: Yacht Online, December 27, 2011, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  5. The new board of the TO is elected. In: Trans-Ocean, February 18, 2012, archived from the original on February 22, 2012 ; accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  6. TO bases worldwide. In: Trans-Ocean, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  7. Thomas Sassen: Public prosecutor finds new material. In: Cuxhavener Nachrichten, January 18, 2014, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  8. ^ Thomas Sassen: Round-the-world sailor meeting in Cuxhaven. In: Cuxhavener Nachrichten, November 17, 2016, accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  9. Volker J. Bürck: Lonely and yet together across the oceans. In: Die Welt Online, March 9, 2008, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  10. "In the future only on foot!" Historical archive - No. 276 from November 27, 1972 - page 22. In: Hamburger Abendblatt , November 27, 1972, archived from the original on July 28, 2014 ; accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  11. Wilfried Erdmann: The magical route. As the first German alone and non-stop around the world . 3. Edition. Delius Klasing, Bielefeld 2001, ISBN 3-7688-0787-8 .
  12. Wilfried Erdmann: Alone against the wind. Around the world non-stop in 343 days. Delius Klasing, Bielefeld 2002, ISBN 3-7688-1343-6 .
  13. Uwe Röttgering: The sea is mine . Delius Klasing, Bielefeld 2004, ISBN 3-7688-1575-7 .
  14. Lasse Johannsen: Clear priorities . In: Yacht . No. 23 , 2008, p. 118-125 .
  15. Maren Reese-Winne: With humor and courage to the Antarctic. In: Cuxhavener Nachrichten, November 25, 2013, accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  16. ^ The Trans-Ocean Prices. In: Trans-Ocean, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  17. Kirsten Panzer: Trans Ocean awards coveted ocean sailing prizes 2016. In: Trans-Ocean, November 20, 2016, accessed May 30, 2020 .