In Old Dutch, Baerne means the birth of the world; it's also the name of the town where Inge was born. This is one hell of a boat. Nine years ago the van Kampens had had her custom-built in steel in Holland, a project that took two years, and there's no detail that they overlooked. She has a 50-foot double hull; between the two steel skins are the water and fuel tanks, so if she's ever holed (unlikely, she's built like a tank), she'll lose some of her fuel or water, but the inside hull will remain intact, preserving the integrity of the boat. "We've hit the reefs a few times. Over eight years, the odds are that it happens," said Pieter. "We've been very glad of the steel." They were particularly happy they had a steel boat a few years ago, when they were cruising Crete, off the coast of Greece. At 3 a.m. one morning, with Baerne tied stern to the quay, her bow anchored out, med-style, they heard a great rumbling noise. Inge was sleeping in the cockpit. She leaped up, and looked ashore. "People were running from their houses, screaming and crying, and falling to the ground. It was an earthquake. The sound was roaring. I could see the buildings shaking and swaying. I was petrified."