Best Buddies Arrives Back Home After 22 Days At Sea
After nearly 22 days at sea, Best Buddies appeared on the misty horizon near Cuxhaven this morning, with light north-northeasterly wind and 4 to 7 knots. The classical sailing yacht had started in the Tradition Division on July 2 in Bermuda, helmed by NRV members Susann and Kay Wrede. As the sky cleared up, the wind shifted, and the crew of the Nautor Swan 441R changed their spinnaker twice in north-westerly puffs before crossing the finish line in superb, sunny conditions.
On her way into shore, AAR competitor Teasing Machine was already on their way out, to make it to Valencia in time for their next appointment, but made an extra leap to congratulate Best Buddies and to salute their dedication. Would it not be for the love of the Wrede-Family, Best Buddies would not be on the starting line of the AAR. A major refit saved this classical racing yacht from an uncertain future. The team around co-skipper and co-owner Susann Wrede and her husband Kay Wrede is an experienced amateur crew. The Wrede-Family has a strong yachting and boat building background. The sailors have immense experience in sailing and crossed the Atlantic several times. With 39 years of age, Best Buddies is one of the oldest yachts in the field. In 1979 the dark blue yacht left the famous Swan shipyard in Finland to take part in many ocean races. When the yacht stopped the active regatta sailing in 1983, she went through a two-way story: She sailed as a cabin charter yacht and crossed the Atlantic Ocean many times. After the last refit in 2012, Best Buddies received a second life as an offshore racing yacht and has regularly participated in offshore races ever since. In the same year, the “old lady” won the Swan Baltic Sea Challenge and Susan and Kay Wrede were nominated for the German Offshore Award for their participation in the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2015. The crew used all their extensive knowledge and hands-on experience for this successful Atlantic crossing.