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Alternative Sailing Community-Layla

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Her Story…

Layla is a beautiful 36″ steel Ketch built in 1974, that we refitted on the Mediterranean shores in the winter 2017, after she didn’t sail for about 4 years.  The objective was to bring this amazing sailing vessel back to life and count her within the community sailboats that are flourishing in number around the globe.

We sailed her late season across the Atlantic ocean passing through Marocco, Canaries, Capo Verde to reach Brasil in May 2017. We sailed over 3000 Nautical Miles without an engine as it broke (again…) into stronger seas across the Gibraltar Strait


Layla after a beautiful but intense first season still needs a lot of fixing. The crew is raising funds to continue Layla's journey. 

Our goal is to get her in full shape and with engine to go up the Amazon river sharing with local tribes up there. Then sail her up to the Carribean next season and meet with other boats for an eventual caravan; circus, self-sustainability, getting in touch and helping the alternative network in the area are some of the objectives.

We are happy to bring Layla in the movement of alternative and eco-conscious ocean travelers!

This crowdfunding campaign aims to reach people that are inspired by alternative ways of sailing in community. Are you able to lend a financial hand for us to bring stunning Layla back to the oceans currents!

Our vision is that this structure, mixing travel and community living, inspires more and more people to gather; sailors, travelers, visionaries, artists, idealists, etc, and to spread the idea of communally owned and sustained sailing vessels around the globe.

Crowdfunding and Wish List

This crowdfunding campaign has been created so that people inspired  by stunning Layla can financially help us to fix her up!

This money will help us to fix and/or buy:


*Fore stay*


*Navigation device*

*„Meta Grip“ Zinc *

*Battery Powered Tools*


*Hand Water Maker*


*Antifurling for Aluminium*

*House Battery*

*Fore Stay Rigging*


Alternative Sailing Community - Sailing Boat Fundraiser

We are a community of travelers sailing around the world. Using art, music, performance and recycling to sustain our voyage. Our goal is to share a vision to travel differently and live in a sustainable and creative world.

It is a space for travelers to experience community living on sea, learn sailing skills and develop artistic talents as a group. The objective is to create a worldwide fleet of community boats, making ocean travel accessible to the modern nomads.

Our shared ideas and visions:

- Recycle whenever possible. Boat parts, food, clothing, and anything else we can to move away from a consumerist society

- live as a community of travellers, a world family of sailors and sea gypsies
connect alternative land based communities around the world by moving goods and people from place to place

- provide an alternative means of travel by harnessing the wind and moving away from our dependance on fossil fuels and limited resources

- teach sailing to as many people as possible, including backpackers, travellers, schoolchildren and locals

- spread smiles through circus performance and music

- share what we know about sustainable living methods

- learn what we can about the cultures around the world, how they interact with the planet and each other


Katja Klopfer

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