Sun but no wind

Dutch sailor Annemiek Bekkering and her crew Annette Duetz have been in action again last weekend in their 49erFX. They had a frustrating week attending the World Cup Series in  Hyères France – a week which produced the Sun (for which we envy them), but no wind.

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Konstanzer Hütte – Power by necessity with Victron Energy

A change in this chalet’s water supply meant their primary hydro power energy source became intermittent. The diesel generator – intended only as a backup – now becoming the sole energy source in the summer months, after the winter snow meltwater had gone. The silence of the place disappeared, diesel emissions polluted the air and the costs for the owners rose. What to do, who to call?

Victron dealer and installer Elektro-Mechanik Meisl GmbH came to the rescue. More of that in a moment – but first a little about Konstanzer Hütte.

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