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Welcome to our website

As with much of our lives our site is somewhat eclectic, we tend to simply push forward or “mess on” as Mayke likes to say with our individual pursuits and challenges.

To help you navigate through our domain from the top-left drop-down menu Pages for a Diary of Days Gone By you will find pages to some of the more recent milestones of our construct; on the right side menu-bar there are paths into our past endeavors, creations and adventures. These are organized in three category headings: ART, SEA and Mountain Postings. If you have questions, comments or suggestions please use the dialog box at the bottom of each page.

If you would like to window-shop some of our postings just scroll down and enjoy.

Starquest, a Tale for All Ages

Starquest, a Tale for All Ages

STARQUEST is a tale of witches and angels in quest of … you will chuckle and smile then laugh yourself silly trying to explain to your child why it is […]
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Mayke’s 2014 Exhibition

Much the inspiration driving Mayke this year started with our incredible road trip in an Airstream Land Yacht motorhome. If the “yacht” notion took us back to our blue water sailing […]
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Mayke’s 2013 exhibition

2013 Exhibition Overview Cliquez sur une photo pour le visualiser ou lancer le diaporama Click on a photo for viewing or to begin the slideshow Pas reçu le dernier “Ebats […]
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Just splashed, workers will be on board for five months

Sean Seamour II photo-history

Sean Seamour II – Photo-History If you look at the photo of our raft on the side of the mountain of water it is hard to imagine, but to put […]
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The Cabanon before rehabilitation

As the woodshed becomes cottage

The woodshed has been one of my big projects, one that has waited years in quest of a driving inspiration that occurs when the creative ideas crystalize into a master […]
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This photo is from the video of the rescue, later edited by NOAA and the USCG for the 25th COSPAS-SARSAT Anniversary Symposium, 34 country representatives in the State Department's Franklin Room. I could not make it across the pond, Rudy gave the presentation (video link on right menu)

A Storm Too Soon, a true story by Michael Tougias

Michael Tougias’ newest best seller “A Storm Too Soon”’s hard cover first print run is missing pictures (they will be included in the soft color version in 2014) so I […]
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Earlton New York

A long journey

  Thank you Mother for being there all those years. Maria Elizabeth (Betty) Buehler de Lutz was born on December 10, 1921 in Oberachern, near Baden-Baden, Germany. She immigrated to […]
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Will she will she not, the next panic attack already awaiting

Negotiating Bridges on the Inter-coastal Waterway

We left from Tampa where Seanee had spent the summer under José’ close watch, it had been a year since her successful if tumultuous crossing from the Mediterranean. With our […]
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Birdseye of the hamlet

Hamlet of Camp de la Suyere

(manuscript extract from “The Extraordinary Course of my Unaccomplished Dream”) Chapter : 15 Building Paradise Found   It felt like landing in the Canebiers Bay ten years earlier. We were […]
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Beachdragon

And humor, there must be humor

I am constantly sketching, drawing stamps in which I concentrate the story or image floating elusively in my mind. Whether it is laughing at my work or the situations that surround […]
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Small can be beautiful After the loss of Sean Seam

An Electrifying Experience

Sean Seamour III has a new master, Daniel will further Seanee  III’s  destiny. If I never attained the dream of a green Seanee with electric propulsion and a methanol fuel cell […]
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Dernière leçon apprise du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

Il y a tout juste un an ce matin qu'une vague scélérate estimée entre 24 et 36 mètres de haut ...


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Mindelo Ferry

Atelier de la Suyere 2010 work

The ferry leaving Mindelo Cape Verde with the dayworkers bound for Sao Anton across the straight, a morning and evening event. Overladed with passengers hanging on over the gunwale with […]
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Those daring wonderful Coasties to whom we owe our lives

Equipage du HH-60 médaillé pour le sauvetage du 7 mai

C'est confirmé, les quatre membres de l'équipage du HH-60 des Gardes Côtes (US Coast Guards) seront médaillés le 19 décembre pour l'extraordinare sauvetage de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II
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"Met a rogue wave on the seventh of May 2007, Sean Seamour, Harwichport MA"

Epitaphe pour Sean Seamour II

Après le tableau de Mayke "Widow Walk du Camp de la Suyère", si prémonitoire des évènements du 7 mai, une résignation silencieuse envahie sa vision de Sean Seamour II qui repose au fond de la Fosse de Hatteras, un épitaphe et une immortalisation qui permet à notre créativité de rebondir et à une nouvelle aventure d'émerger
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"Met a rogue wave on the seventh of May 2007, Sean Seamour, Harwichport MA"

Epitaph for Sean Seamour II

After the Widow walk of Camp de la Suyere, so foreboding of what was to be, a quiet resignation pervades Mayke's image of Sean Seamour II at rest deep in the Hatteras trench, an epitaph and timepiece allowing for our creativity to rebound and a new adventure to emerge
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Baghdad

Of my battles of human history

This new posting celebrates two events, the inauguration of the Gallery Suyère close to my Atelier and my most recent ...
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View from the HH-60, mid way up this over 70 foot mountain of water the remnants of the raft with the three survivors can be found - if you look hard enough

Death’s Door by Doug Campbell

Death's Door in Soundings November magazine by Douglas A. Campbell Senior Writer is the story of Sean Seamour II rescue and a glimpse at the investigation regarding the malfunction and duplication of the ACR EPIRB hexadecimal code that were it not for a backup unit would have cost the life of the crew
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A Final Lesson Learned from Sean Seamour II

Just one year ago today a rogue wave estimated between 80 and 120 feet high pounced upon Sean Seamour II ...

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Stars Are Made In Heaven – Witches Are Not

A humoristic book of illustrations about witches and angels with laughs and stories for all ages For a slideshow presentation or just a visualization of the illustrations click on the […]
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Next generation Sassen honored with the Prix de Rome award

Viviane Sassen honored with the highly coveted Prix de Rome award for her unique contribution to the art of photography
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Widow Walk

The widow walk of Camp de la Suyere, waiting on Sean Seamour II

Our move back to Saint Tropez from the Luberon is over, albeit with the terrible loss of our Sean Seamour II in sub-tropical storm Andrea. From 4000 miles away I felt the storm brew then explode, Camp de la Suyere became my widow walk, canvas my only connection to nature' course.
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Video du sauvetage de l’équipage de Sean Seamour II

Video du sauvetage des trois membres de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II en face du Cap Hatteras le 7 mai dernier, a peine une minutes des 30 disponibles... dans des creux de plus de 20mètres (70 pieds)
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Position of Sean Seamour II around 01:40hours May 7, 2007

Sean Seamour II rescue video / EPIRB update

I have uploaded the Sean Seamour II rescue video edited by NOAA for the COSPAS SARSAT 25th anniversary
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Mayke in front of her studio

Mayke Sassen back to Saint Tropez

It will soon be three years since our transfer from the Luberon back to the Golfe de Saint Tropez, successful albeit with the loss of our Sean Seamour II in sub-tropical storm Andrea. Mayke's atelier is finished and humming away with new works you will soon be able to see on her website but better yet in her Atelier Gallery soon finished.
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.. done! 21 hanging and three postulants to fill bare walls… opening is tonight!

Behind "Requiem for the Palm Tree", commission from one of my oldest (and dearest) collectors.

About me

I paint from a passion to get to know who and where I am. I once had a dream, I was on stage giving a brilliant performance. At the end, I noticed that the curtain had been closed during the session. I want to open that curtain and share.
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.. and upstairs yet to hang...

A mon propos

Je peins, mue par la passion de découvrir qui et où je suis. Je vis un rêve : je suis sur scène délivrant une brillante performance. A la chute, je remarque que le rideau est resté fermé. Je souhaite l’ouvrir et partager
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Sean Seamour II (read Jean's SeaLove #2)Neither Mayke or I are avid memory catchers, I didn't even have a camera on board during my first solo crossing in 1996, so here we have pooled some of our photos since Seanee' 1999 launch to provide a history through her seven years, leading to the terrible event and our miraculous rescue.

s/v Sean Seamour II – the final log entry

This is the log of actions and events driven by the only subsequently named Sub-tropical Storm Andrea, leading to the sinking of s/v Sean Seamour II and the successful rescue of its entire crew on the early morning of May 7th 2007. The critical underlying issues are: faulty EPIRB operation, faulty maintenance, faulty certification. How many others like us are lost at sea statistics because they didn't carry two EPIRBS?
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Sean Seamour II (read Jean's SeaLove #2)Neither Mayke or I are avid memory catchers, I didn't even have a camera on board during my first solo crossing in 1996, so here we have pooled some of our photos since Seanee' 1999 launch to provide a history through her seven years, leading to the terrible event and our miraculous rescue.

Récit du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

Jean-Pierre quitte la Floride avec deux équipiers à bord de son Océanis 44 CC, direction Gibraltar. Après quatre jours de mer, au large du Cap Hatteras, l’équipage doit faire face à un coup de vent bien plus fort que prévu. La mer se creuse dangereusement, jusqu’à faire chavirer, démâter, puis couler le bateau... Récit, par Jean-Pierre de Lutz
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It was returned from the accredited service station two days before departure with the same tape repaired antennae from two years prior

EPIRB / GPIRB issue update

To all concerned by potentially faulty EPIRBS and registration in participating COSPAS SARSAT countries

Although I have sought to inform ...


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The Greening of Sean Seamour III

The Green Boat Adventure seeks to define a new art of "green sailing" with the ultimate objective of totally eliminating fossil fuels from our sailboats in favor of a total dependence on renewable energies.
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On the right, unit cloned and sold two years after mine to a mariner in Alabama

Security notice to all mariners

On this anniversary of the loss of Sean Seamour II and the traumatic experience of clinging to a life raft ...
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On the right, unit cloned and sold two years after mine to a mariner in Alabama

Note de sécurité à tous les navigateurs

L'anniversaire du naufrage de Sean Seamour II et l'expérience traumatique de se cramponner à un radeau de survie dans des ...


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Yet another award for USCG Swimmer Drew Dazzo

US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Drew Dazzo is once again awarded for the extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew by the Naval Helicopter Association
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US Coast Guard HH-60 crew receives award for May 7th rescue

US Coast Guard HH-60 crew members will receive awards for the extraordinary rescue of the crew of s/v Sean Seamour II last May 7th. The vessel caught in a sub-tropical depression subsequently named Andrea, was further battered by a rogue wave.
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Those daring wonderful Coasties to whom we owe our lives

US Coast Guard crews honored by her Majesty’ services after saving Sean Seamour II crew

The US Coast Guard crews (HH-60 and C-130) are the true heroes of the day for their extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew. The HH-60 crew is to be recognized (we hope and are pushing) by both the Canadian and US governments for their courage and valor.
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Les services de la Reine d’Angleterre honorent les équipages du HH-60 et C-130 des Coast Guard

Les deux équipages du HH-60 et C-130 qui ont assurés le sauvetage de Sean Seamour II sont honorés par les services de la Reine d'Angleterre, l'équipage du HH-60 sera reconnu par les deux gouvernements du Canada et Etats Unis pour leur prouesse et courage.
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Action summary for the US Coast Guard rescue of Sean Seamour II’ crew

The US Coast Guard action report on the Sean Seamour II rescue is another extraordinary demonstration of valor and courage, the parallel between Kevin Costner' The Guardian is not limited to Comdr. Smith' role as co-pilot, here again the winch cable...
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Rapport d’activité US Coast Guard – Sean Seamour II

Le rapport d'activité des US Coast Guards dans le sauvetage de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II est édifiant, le parallèle avec le film de Kevin Costner The Guardian ne se limite pas au Commandant Smith qui joue le rôle du copilote, ici encore le cable du treuil...
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Leçons tirées du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

Dans l'attente du récit sur le naufrage de Sean Seamour II qui sera publié sur mon blog à la mi-août et en pensant à tous ceux qui préparent leurs croisières ou traversées cet automne sur la route du sud, je livre déjà les leçons tirées de mon mon naufrage du 7 mai dernier
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Lessons learned – don’t leave port without them

After the sinking of Sean Seamour II during Andrea many have asked me to publish my lessons learned from this harrowing experience, I encourage all fellow mariners to read these ten points.
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Sean Seamour II (read Jean's SeaLove #2)Neither Mayke or I are avid memory catchers, I didn't even have a camera on board during my first solo crossing in 1996, so here we have pooled some of our photos since Seanee' 1999 launch to provide a history through her seven years, leading to the terrible event and our miraculous rescue.

Le récit du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

Pour tous ceux qui ont attendu que l'histoire de Sean Seamour II soit disponible en français Voiles et Voiliers vient de sortir un article de quatre pages sur le naufrage de Sean Seamour II qui a tant défrayé la chronique en amérique du nord, des photos extraordinaires prises par les US Coast Guards. et maintenat sur ce blog http://www.artseaprovence.com/blog/_archives/2007/8/12/3139259.html
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Mayke Sassen – some of my older work

At the request of some interested I have begun to post some of my older work on the blog. Here ...
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Four Girls

The circuitous routes to my inspiration: how “Four Girls” came to be

Mayke Sassen shares another of her new works and its source of inspiration "Four Girls", a preview with a story. Come visit my gallery http://www.maykesassen.com/galerie.php
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Mayke Sassen – Atelier and Current Work

It took well over a year to transfer from the Luberon back to the Golfe de Saint Tropez, now that the Atelier Camp de la Suyère is built and filling up with new works it was time to create a new website window "Atelier and Current Work, have a peak...
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    4. Hello JP,
      We just read “A Storm too Soon”. What a story and what an ordeal. We are so glad you survived and got to share your story. My wife and I were sailing our 50 ft catamaran, El Gecco, from Puerto Rico back to Charleston, SC when we encountered the winds of your storm north of the Bahamas and took cover after 24 hours of battering seas & winds in a remote atoll/island. . Herb Hingleberg from South Bound 2 was routing us and covering 200 miles a day, routed us out of that storm. Had we continued north, who knows what our fate would have been. I took my previous boat, a 38ft monohaul I designed and built myself, racing solo around the world in the BOC Challenge and the Around Alone, and too encountered life threatening storms, in particular on my approach to Cape Horn, and I wrote about it in my book, “Journey of a Hope Merchant”, but did not, in the entire 27,000 mile solo race, encounter seas such what you had endured. My hat is off to you. We are back out sailing on our cat with our family. Hope some day we will get to share an anchorage. Keep living your dream as you too know how fragile life can be.
      Regards,
      Neal Petersen

    5. Nick Merkle says:

      Dear JP and Mayke,
      I just finished reading “A Storm Too Soon”. I could not put this book down and wanted you to know how much you have inspired me. I am 42 years old and have always dreamed of sailing on the ocean. Although I was born and currently live in landlocked Ohio USA. I have lived in the Florida Keys, England, and Connecticut yet have never accomplished my dream. I broke my back in a very violent car crash when I was 17. I have battled alcoholism and have been a steady smoker of both cigarettes and marijuana. I have divorced from my English wife a year ago and have a great 10 year old son. I run my own construction business which is failing more every year. I have made the decision to quit the alcohol, drugs and smoking which helped mask the back pain. I have accumulated much debt but refuse to file bankruptcy.
      I just wanted you to know you have inspired me that I am only not too old to yet sail across the sea but that my back problems can no longer be an excuse for my life’s failures.
      Good luck on your new adventures,
      Nick

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