The Lofotens

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Headed to Henningsvaer Next stop north was the Lofotens.  This group of islands in northern norway is known for its dramatic peaks that come straight out of the ocean.  Our first stop was Henningsvaer.  When we sailed into town, we found our friend Jim on “Lisken” – one of the four American boats currently in […]

Sailing Into The Arctic Circle

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Exploring the Arctic Circle After arriving in Traena, it was time to explore the Arctic Circle.  We started with the island of Husoy in Traena, where the music festival was setup.  Dinghying in from our anchorage, we walked around the small town. There were vendors in tents, music pumping from cafes and hundreds of people.  Husoy […]

Alesund to Traena

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Allo Alesund! After leaving Runde and the puffins behind, we sailed a short 20 miles to the city of Alesund.  Alesund, known as the “Venice of Norway” for the canal that runs through the center of town, and it’s art nouveau architecture.  Staying here for a few days since we needed to provision, fill the […]

Stavanger to Runde, Norway

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Moving On The time came to move north from Stavanger to Runde.  We said “See you soon” to our friends and left Lysebotn.  As the winds were from the north, we slowly made our way from Stavanger to Haugesund.  Haugesund has a channel with two bridges that are just about the same height as Terrapin’s mast.  […]

Sailing and BASE Jumping in Lysebotn

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Lyse Fjord After spending a few days in Stavanger, we pointed the bow towards Lyse fjord for some sailing and BASE jumping.  Lyse Fjord is about 5 miles from Stavanger and the fjord is a little over 25 miles long.  We were able to get in some sailing at the mouth of the fjord.  Unfortunately, […]

Across The North Sea

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Across the Prime On the heels of the low, we left Kirkwall and set off across the North Sea.  With Brennan at the helm, we said goodbye to Scotland and set a course of 090.  It is approximately 290 miles across the North Sea at that point, with the Prime Meridien just under halfway.  There […]

Inverness to the Orkney Islands

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Light & Variable As soon as the winds were favorable, we planned to head from Inverness to the Orkney Islands. After waiting a few days for a weather window, the best we could find in the forecast was a light and variable wind, forcing us to motor up the coast. So we said farewell to […]

Caledonian Canal

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All Together Now Picking up Keegan and Brennan at the airport in Glasgow, we headed Terrapin east towards the Caledonian Canal.  Crossing Scotland from west to east can be done by sailing through the Hebrides or going across the canal.  The Caledonian is 60 miles long with three natural lochs (aka lakes) in the middle. […]

Oban and Mull

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Oban Marina on Kerrera We picked up a mooring ball at Oban Marina. Oban Marina is a great family owned and operated facility on the island of Kerrera.  With ferry service to the city of Oban throughout the day, it was perfect for us.  It not only offered a place away from the loud noise of […]

Scottish Isles

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Explore More We left Islay to sail and explore more Scottish Isles.  The first on the list was Gigha.  Gigha is a small island with only 160 residents.  In fact, the community on Gigha was the first “buy-out” in the UK where the residents have become owners of their own island.  Gigha has beautiful gardens […]