The skippers of the Sailing Fleet Monnickendam
Steffie Kranz and Evert Jan Muurling
Sailing clipper Gouwzee
Who are you?
We are Steffie and Evert. In 1999 we got to know each other as colleagues. Then we sailed from Kampen on various sailing ships. In 2001 we started sailing together on a ship from Lemmer. After having sailed from Lemmer for three seasons, we knew for sure. We wanted to sail together on our own ship. After a search, the Gouwzee turned out to meet all our wishes. We didn’t have to think long about the purchase. The Gouwzee was and is a wonderful ship to sail and stay on.
In 2010 our family was expanded with our daughter Aira and since 2013 our dog Bas has been sailing with us.
What characterizes you as skippers?
We like relaxed collaboration. That also characterizes our travels. Together we hoist the sails and navigate the ship everywhere. In the meantime, we ensure that our guests lack nothing. We want to sail and enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere. We look at the weather, the ship and most importantly, what our guests want. We sail for them. Sailing with people is what we like best about our profession.
What do you give your guests?
Many hands make light work. To get a large ship like the Gouwzee moving, we need the sails. If we hoist them together, it almost goes without saying. Then the wind does most of the work. The time to enjoy on deck has then come.
Sailing and Enjoy. That’s what it’s all about at Zeilklipper Gouwzee.