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AS A CHILD, THOMAS KITTEL WOULD GET SEASICK CROSSING THE RHINE RIVER IN HIS HOME COUNTRY OF GERMANY. TODAY, THE CAPTAIN AND HIS WIFE, JUTTA, HAVE VOYAGED MORE THAN 18,000 NAUTICAL MILES ABOARD THEIR MARLOW 72E AZURA, INCLUDING CRUISES IN RUSSIA, NORWAY AND A RECENT 129-DAY JAUNT THROUGH THE BRITISH ISLES.

It takes more than desire and the ability to fend offmal de mer to cruise more than 27,000 nautical miles around the globe, as this couple has done aboard all their boats. Their next port of call? Portugal, once again showing that they seek out the ports that other cruisers often skip.

Thomas is a planner. While he and Jutta didn’t single up lines until May 2016, the routing for their recent 3,904-nautical-mile British Isles adventure started the previous Christmas. He first created a week-by-week cruising schedule outline. Then, he whittled the stored in a heated facility in Germany where all of the vessel’s pre-trip maintenance was performed.

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