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, […]

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. […]

Islay, Scotland

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Why Islay? Sailing into Islay (pronounced “I-luh”), Scotland, we pulled into our slip at Port Ellen (Scottish Gaelic: Port Ìlein) Harbour.  This small town is the largest on Islay and the deepest harbour.  It is home to five whisky distilleries – three of which were within walking distance of our slip.  One of the biggest […]

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

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Cead Mile Failte  Pronounced ‘Cade Meela falcha’ means ‘One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’.   It is a typical Irish greeting and how we feel every time we are in Ireland.  Upon our arrival to Dun Laoghaire, just south of Dublin, weather was beautiful.  The sun came out, the sky was blue and it was warm.  We […]

Getting Ready To Leave

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We have been back in Plymouth for a month now and we are winding up the winter projects and getting ready to leave.  In the last couple weeks we have brought so many of our projects to a close.  Those projects that are outstanding can be completed as we sail.  So, our tentative date to […]

Holiday Visit

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One of the advantages Baxter and I offer by staying in one place for a while (i.e. more than two weeks) is that we get to know it really well.  We extend invitations to family and friends who could simply take a quick flight, land and leave the rest to us.  Baxter and I line […]

What’s On Your List?

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As the seasons change and autumn transitions into winter, we can feel the change, especially on the boat where temps have dropped to 3°C at night.  So, we are compiling our favorite reading list.  Is there anything more cozy than snuggling with a warm blanket, a hot cuppa tea and a book that you can’t […]

Thankful Third Thursday in November

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Here in England, there really isn’t such a thing as Thanksgiving, which only means we should take time on any ordinary Thursday to be thankful and grateful in our own way for the blessings of friends, family (both human and furry) and adventures in our lives. On this beautiful autumn day, we celebrated with a […]

The Hoe and The Barbican

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Two things we love about Plymouth are The Hoe and The Barbican.  Both for different reasons. The Plymouth Hoe, or just “The Hoe” as the locals call it, is a great place to take a walk, or sit and relax, or just watch the boats sail in and out of the English Channel.  It is […]