Ireland to Spain

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Will we ever make it out of here? Hurricanes and proper ‘Storms’ made their way across Dublin, while we waited in the protected harbour of Dun Laoghaire. Fifty knots showed up on the sailing instruments and at that point we decided that should the dock break in half, it might be better to not be […]

Belfast to Dublin

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An Irish Beating As night fell, we rounded the Mull of Kintyre, with relatively benign weather. We decided to drop the anchor in Bangor, just outside of Belfast for a quick sleep as the tide turned favorably in our direction. The next morning at dawn we checked the weather for wind and waves. Not too […]

South Through Scotland

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Wick-ed We arrived in Wick, Scotland to sunny skies and warm days.  This was a great opportunity to do things that we didn’t have time for back in June – like tour the Old Pulteney Distillery.   Bottling our own 16-year-old scotch straight from the cask, wax-sealed with label, and walks down the Wick River, we […]

West Across The North Sea

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Window to Scotland We waited in Florø, studying gribs twice a day at 9am and 9pm.  The different models didn’t agree on the direction or strength of the wind.  So we headed out and decided to accept what we were given.   Our options required us to be flexible on our destination.  If we wanted […]

Molde to Florø

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Land Chores At the dock near the Hotell Fjordstuer in Molde, we said ‘See You Soon’ to our friend Jen. Waiting for the right weather to head to Scotland, we were able to accomplish a couple chores on land. Since we were going back to the UK, there was a slim chance that Kala may need […]

Åndalsnes

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Wait; North or South? At breakfast one morning, we decided to go to Åndalsnes.  We had worked hard to get to Ålesund from Bodø, but after meeting up with Jen, Tracey and Andy, we decided that there were still quite a few adventures left for us in Norway.  So, we did a 180° turn and […]

Bodø to Ålesund

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Biding Time in Bodø We arrived in Bodø and sadly said ‘Goodbye’ to Keegan and Brennan as they headed back to Alaska and we prepared Terrapin for our trip from Bodø to Ålesund.  Bodø was an interesting town and one of the main stops as expeditions head north into the Arctic.  We enjoyed our time […]

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 […]