6 October 2016 – Scotland’s Isles and Lochs

6 October 2016 – Scotland’s Isles and Lochs

Bergen (NOR) – Isle of Islay (GBR) Trading trolls for ponies Our timing is perfect. The strong westerly winds that hammered the Norwegian West Coast for more than a week have abated. And just as Ivar steers Luci out of Bergen harbour, a bright rainbow appears in front of grey clouds that cover the dark green hills. The […]

3 September 2016 – Exploring the Fjords with Friends

3 September 2016 – Exploring the Fjords with Friends

Mandal (NOR) – Bergen (NOR) Sailing to Stavanger “Wow, already near Egersund! We’re really moving fast!” Floris is positively surprised by our progress when he enters the cockpit and takes the shift from 7-10am. Our speed over ground is 8 knots, partially helped by the current along the Norwegian West Coast. “Yes! With this speed, […]

11 August 2016 – The Norwegian Riviera Revisited

11 August 2016 – The Norwegian Riviera Revisited

Larvik (NOR) – Mandal (NOR) Underappreciated Larvik ‘If you don’t have a reason to be in Larvik, don’t go there’ our pilot books advise. We plan on taking the train from there to Oslo, so we venture to this unsung town to make it our first Norwegian port. As we tour the shore in search […]

29 July 2016 – Danish Ambitions and Swedish Nature

29 July 2016 – Danish Ambitions and Swedish Nature

Copenhagen (DNK) – Larvik (NOR) Walking and cycling the capital of climate ambitions “You should put your camera away or they will smash it, guaranteed.” A friendly Dane warns us that taking photographs is not appreciated, to put it mildly. On our stroll around Copenhagen on foot, by chance we find ourselves in Freetown Christiania, […]

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

“It looks like we’ll have a weather window with E wind in three days” says Ivar. Neither of us feels like going back, but our fourth and last holiday week has begun and we have commitments back home. We have been keeping an eye on the grib files from site windyty.com, which fairly accurately forecasts the wind for the […]

31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

“A gift from the harbour master!” says Ivar when he finds a little bag in the cockpit that contains fresh bread and jam. Following a good night’s sleep after our 3-day journey, we enjoy a sunny breakfast in our first Norwegian town, Mandal. We quickly learn that Mandal is not just easy to sail to, it’s […]

14 July 2015 – Test Run to Norway

14 July 2015 – Test Run to Norway

“The wheel is not responding!” I panic a bit: we’re “not in command”. The autopilot continuously spins the steering wheel, which should stop after 3 cycles when the rudder has reached its maximum position. Did we lose the rudder? Is there a broken part in the steering system? We are around 100 miles NW of […]