Statsraad Lehmkuhl

The most beautiful ship sailed majestically into ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina at Brooklyn Bridge Park a few weeks ago, but what makes this ship so extraordinary and why should you pay attention to its ventures?

We welcome Captain Marcus Seidl who shares the story behind the ship and its prospects for the future. Norway’s 107-year-old three-masted tall ship,  278-foot sailing vessel was built in Germany in 1914 and then gifted to England as a war prize shortly after World War One.

It is now embarking on an exciting voyage called the One Ocean Expedition. This expedition will cover 55,000 nautical miles and visit 36 countries around the world over the span of 20 months. 

It has  been tasked to measure water and air quality throughout the journey. The goal is to create awareness and share knowledge about the important role of the ocean for a sustainable future. In addition, the Lehmkuhl is a training ship and will be a training site for maritime officers. Here, officers will undergo intensive instruction as a part of their education and learn good seamanship. 

Join us as we discuss topics ranging from dangerous voyages through Cape Horn to sail assist technologies, and learn about some of the challenges and innovations within the maritime sector.

IMOCAs – business opportunities

Sailing on an IMOCA, spending a day with the skipper and the crew is an experience many passionate sailors, sailing enthusiasts and corporations wish to experience. Wind Support NYC would like to promote exclusive events while the fleet of IMOCAs is in the US, creating a win-win situation where guests enjoy an amazing sailing experience, connect with a skipper and his crew while bringing financial support and a wider interest to the project.

Period – from May 12 to May 27, 2024

Possible schedule of events: full day, with 2-3 hours sailing:  

  • Assemble at the marina
  • Meet the crew & presentation of the boat
  • Share lunch with the team and skipper
  • Safety instructions, get equipped and board the boat
  • Leave marina 
  • Sail 2-3 hours in NYC / Newport harbor 
  • Return to the marina  
  • Drink at the Marina

A RIB with members of the race direction and Wind Support NYC will follow the Imocas to enhance safety and capture the experience. 

This short questionnaire is intended to assess the feasibility, your interest and the conditions in on-boarding “outside guests” and offer such an experience. Thanks in advance for your feedback; feel free to reach out if you are interested. 


Schooner Apollonia

To end our inaugural season, we are back in the Hudson Valley, speaking with Sam Merrett, the captain of the Schooner Apollonia and his supercargo, Brad Vogel. 

Sam and his team have successfully transformed a yacht they bought off craigslist into a cargo sailboat that is turning heads in ports throughout New York State. This vessel is completely powered by the wind and has transported all sorts of cargo up and down the Hudson River. 

This is not a project that idolizes shipping vessels of the past but instead aims to inspire others to be a part of a growing movement that is committed to lowering the carbon footprint of the shipping industry. Sam argues that not only does the Schooner Apollonia sustainably move cargo but she also delivers products with a story.

Join us as we discuss this story to learn more about the green maritime transportation of the future and the role sailboats have to play in it.

Marine decarbonization takes on Wall Street

This week we take a step back from our usual focus on wind propulsion to delve into another important aspect of marine decarbonization: financing.

Our guest Harold Malone joins us to talk about a project he co-founded, the Marine Money Decarbonization Index (MMDI).

This index tracks the performance of the equity securities of 50 global companies that are committed to decarbonizing the maritime sector. Malone envisions that the MMDI will raise awareness of the challenges the maritime sector is facing, attracting investment and technological solutions into the industry.

Since you cannot invest directly in an index, Malone has partnered with ETFMG to create the ETFMG Breakwave Sea Decarbonization Tech ETF, which is designed to replicate the returns of the MMDI.

What had started out as a tool for the industry, is now a platform that is providing an opportunity for anyone who wants to participate in maritime decarbonization via the ETF.

Join us to explore an effort that is marking a key transition to a maritime sector that is becoming more accessible to the public.

Carbon Credits for Wind Propulsion?

We receive this week Hauke Kite-Powell, research specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and senior analyst at Marsoft Inc,  an independent maritime consultancy providing expert, objective and timely support for investment, chartering and financing decisions.

Industrial projects including solar and wind power issued more than $126 million in carbon credits in 2019. But so far, shipping has not taken advantage of the carbon credits funding opportunities.

Marsoft’s GreenScreen™ is a retrofit evaluation platform, developed in collaboration with the MIT, providing an extremely accurate assessment of the benefits of the retrofit.

GreenScreen™ was recently accepted by the Gold Standard – the preeminent global carbon registry – as the basis for issuing carbon credits for investments that reduce CO2 emissions from ships.

Will carbon credits bridge the gap and bring the missing incentive necessary to boost the adoption of wind assist technologies?


We receive on the podcast this week Stephanie Lesage,  the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Airseas.  

Airseas, founded in 2016 by Airbus engineers, is developing one of the most promising technologies to harness the wind: the Seawing combines kite-technology with an automated flight control system developed by the aerospace industry. 

The timing could not be better:  the first Seawing is currently being installed on the Airbus vessel that will sail to Mobile, Alabama later this year for the first flight in live conditions. 

Nov 16. 2021 – Conference at Webb Institute

Demographics in a nutshell

237 persons, from 22 countries, attended the conference through the day. 
Average attendance – 3 hours 40 minutes 
135 attendees are based in the US, coming from 27 states