Andiamo II – Has been Sold!

Andiamo II – has been sold to a good friend…  my she take him on many Pacific Adventures!

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Atlantic Crossing Complete!

Atlantic Crossing Complete!


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Porto at Night

Portugal, Porto, Night

Porto at night feels like living in a fantasy novel

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Fully Enclosed Cockpit


Stay warm and cozy no matter what the weather might be outside with this fully enclosed enclosure…

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More Pictures!

Clean Docklines

Coast Guard Approved!

Chatting on the Flybridge


Visibility, Security & Confidence

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Ad Astra Splashed in La Rochelle

Captain’s Flybridge Seat

Chart Table and Instruments

10kw Diesel Generator – Charge the Batteries, hot water, washer & dryer and all your AC toys!

Ample House Batteries

Lazy Sail Bags FTW!

Beautiful Sails!

Flexing her Wings in Port

1 of 4 Berths

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The Mission of Ad Astra Sailing Adventures

I started Ad Astra Sailing Adventures to introduce my passion of sailing to my friends and their friends (and their friends!) on board my new 2012 Lagoon 450.

The Lagoon 450 is in my opinion the most luxurious sailing platform that anyone can learn to sail with a friend for crew.   After just a few days of training, I felt comfortable taking command of the boat.  I consider it a personal mission to get as many of my friends and their families out on the water and teach them how easy a large catamaran is to sail.

Ad Astra is Latin for “To the Stars”, in a previous life I was a space scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the UV Spectrometer for Galileo and Cassini and trying to find a path to terraforming Mars.  Space is still a deep interest to me, and getting out on a sailboat, dreaming of taking off across the horizon to distant shores fills a hunger for me.

When you sail your own boat, the regular world fades away like peeling skin.  My eyes open up, my brain “breathes” open relaxed thoughts.  I do not feel the need to rush my words, and my eyes graze the water’s horizon surveying my open kingdom.  This is the time for deep, contented thoughts.  What do I want to do with the rest of my life?  Where do I want to go? What do I want to experience?  What do I want to create?

I always feel a much more deep connection with my two boys, Kyle and Max and the whole rest of my family when I take the time to go out sailing.

This is what I want to share with the world, and I will start with my friends.  With you.  I am curious what deep thoughts come to your mind when sailing on Ad Astra!

C’mon, look around read a bit, check out the pictures, think about it and then send me an email and lets figure out the absolutely most awesome adventure for you and your crew!

-Erik Bethke

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