We had carefully moved our way around the southern corner of Norway avoiding the storms that kept moving across the North Sea. When we finally navigated the oil platform jungle, we were actually looking for wind.
After inch size hail we were happy to reach Inverness, get some of the engine problems fixed and navigate the Caledonian Canal.
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A summary of our tour from Kappeln, Germany, to Kristiansand, Norway. Unfortunately, we hit a rock in Denmark and had to pull Tioga out for repairs in Aarhus, Denmark.
As we were lucky to find a nice group of people in Aarhus, we only lost three days. The new mast made it in one piece and the bad weather is already forgotten…
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We spent quite some time by now analyzing the weather and how to make the best of it while in Norway.
Our current hot topic is when do we sail around the southern tip of Norway. With the gale developing out there right now, we will have wait probably until Fri afternoon or later.
To put us in a better starting position, we will leave Kristiansand in the afternoon moving closer to Mandal. Tomorrow we will try to get closer to the corner to be ready to get going north asap.
With the current forecasts it looks likely that from Sunday onwards the wind will be from the North and with that good for a crossing to Scotland.
Below are a few impressions of Kistiansand from the air:
We arrived in Kristiansand in the middle of the day on Tuesday after a long 24hrs sailing upwind against the choppy Northsea swell.
It was nice to sail the last few miles in protected waters past lots of rocks, islands, light houses etc.
We managed to tie to the dock med-style and and settled in. There were boats from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland and Norway…
Facilities are good, internet sufficient and stores close by.
The new crew, Ernst and Don, arrived by train from Oslo in the evening and the 10 of us had a nice dinner in the cockpit.
Today, we had to say good-bye to the Fulghums, who left on the train to Stavanger. We will miss them dearly.
With a gale predicted for Thu, we are in a waiting pattern to move on.