31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

Goodmorning Mandal “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 […]

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 […]

1 June 2015 – History in Hoorn

1 June 2015 – History in Hoorn

Pinksteren (Pentecost) – another Dutch holiday (although few know why we get a day off)! After our wonderful lunch in Hoorn only a week earlier, we decide to sail to Hoorn again. This time with Ivar’s parents and for dinner. Exquisite, exceptionally tasty, and beautifully presented – once again Marque’s is a treat. Hoorn is lovely, too. […]

16 May 2015 – Reunion in Stavoren

16 May 2015 – Reunion in Stavoren

Ascension is one of the few public holidays in the Netherlands. As it’s always on a Thursday, it’s perfect for a short sailing trip. For Ivar’s friends from his days as a sailing instructor in Friesland Ascension is synonymous with Stavoren – the city in Friesland where the meet each year for a reunion. Ivar missed […]

4 April 2015 – Another New Home in Amsterdam

4 April 2015 – Another New Home in Amsterdam

Spring has come and it is time for us to leave the Sixhaven in Amsterdam. We are sad to say goodbye to our neighbours, who have also become our friends. Ivar spent the last 9 winters there, so it feels like leaving home. In his time there he witnessed the Sixhaven being transformed into energy-efficient and […]

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

Finally – after 15 months of renovations, we are sailing again! Our first trip is taking us to an old time favourite: the island of Terschelling. We leave from Enkhuizen on the 28th of December, where our friend Feitze and his colleague put the finishing touches to Lucipara² by adding new covers for the sails and […]