Welcome to Polaris!

We are a group of people traveling with our ship SY "Polaris", a Dufour Classic 43.


It was built in 1999 in France, La Rochelle. The "launch" was in Koper, Slovenia. Initially based in the Marina Dalmacija in Sukosan, she was in Maslinica on Solta and in the ACI Milna for many years.


The Polaris was always owned by Iris & Wilfried Schäfer and was available for charter as a bareboat until 2016. A lot has developed since then. The yacht has found many friends and companions. Find out more about the team and their history here!


After last winter in Barcelona, she is touring around the Balearic Islands this summer. In the fall we're going to the Caribbean! Feel free to be part of the crew, we are always happy to see new faces on board!


January 27, 2024


We have been driving up and down between Martinique and Grenada for several weeks. Skippers Philipp & René visited Tobago in the last few weeks. It rains a lot. A more stable weather situation is expected to develop from Monday. Polaris is holding up well! She will be near Sint Maarten around mid-February.


December 16, 2023


We reached the Caribbean on December 10th, recovered from the crossing and have already gotten around well. We will be leaving for Martinique soon.


December 6, 2023


570 nautical miles left to St. Lucia. We're getting through well. Everything on the boat is intact. Only the beer is running out... ;-)


November 26, 2023


We are currently 180 nautical miles west of Cap Verden and still need about 1800 miles to reach St. Lucia.


We're fine. The boat is doing well.


November 15, 2023


Today we're going to Santa Cruz on La Palma. The final preparations for the crossing to the Caribbean take place there.


Update 7:00 p.m.:


We have now arrived safely and are looking around the place. On Sunday we set sail for the Caribbean, Martinique.


November 11, 2023


After a lovely stay in Madeira, we have now arrived in La Gomera. The crossing went well. The winds were in our favor so the engine only ran for a few hours. The boat is fine, as are the crew.


November 4, 2023


After 480 nautical miles we reached Madeira. The crew and boat performed well. Now we will stay here for a few days and wait for the new crew and especially: explore this beautiful island!


October 29, 2023


Tomorrow we continue to Madeira. The crew will be complete tonight. The weather window is good. We will arrive around Friday lunchtime.


October 24, 2023


We have already been in Mohammedia for a week. We are currently waiting for our new crew and suitable weather for our departure to Madeira, Portugal. In the meantime, we found time to relax and continued to work on our boat technology. Our Iridium-Go satellite phone is now permanently installed and technically wired to the fuse panel. A 300-watt voltage converter was also installed so that you can easily charge 220-volt devices on the go.


We plan to leave on October 30th.


October 17, 2023


Polaris has reached Mohammedia (Africa, north of Casablanca). We need 52 hours from Gibraltar. Our new jib did a great job. From the last night we sailed through.


October 11, 2023


We are on our way to Malaga! A lot has happened in the last few days. Polaris has received lots of new technology, safety equipment and a new jib. On Friday we pick up a passenger and continue our journey to Casablanca.October 01, 2023:


Polaris is located in Almerimar. She will stay there for two weeks and will receive a lot of equipment. Philipp & René will leave for Gibraltar in two weeks.


September 22, 2023:


Skipper Wilfried is traveling with Lars, Horst and Bernd. They left for Cabrera on Sunday. After a two-day stay in Ibiza, the crew reached mainland Spain late in the evening. The night will be spent in Dénia. Polaris will explore mainland Spain towards Almerimar in the next few days.


In pictures - What happened so far in the 2023 season:

Would you like to come on board?

From January to April 2024 we offer sailing trips in different regions of the Caribbean, please ask here for more information!