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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We arrived in Sogndalstrand in the evening, quickly put the Kuchenbude up (it was pooring rain) and enjoyed another nice meal (that Corinna had prepared during the sail).
Studying the weather for a while, we determined that the crossing time would be about 10hrs shorter if we left early on Monday morning. We therefore settled in, enjoyed the best facilities we have seen (free and better than in our own house!), went for a nice hike and visited the quaint little village with houses from the 17th and 18th century.
All emails are taken care of and kids got their overdose of truly high speed internet access.
We had another warm and sunny day and are ready to push off very early on Monday.
The good news:
We have a new autopilot – DON 2016 – who just finished the first 10 hours of steering continuously!!
The bad news: we are concerned about Don’s health, because he stopped drinking fluids to avoid having to use the head 😉 (and to extend his record-breaking time at the helm).
We had left Mandal in the evening into westerly wind (15-20kn) and managed to find a protected cove a few hours later. After a couple of failed attempts of catching some of the huge jelly fish and real fish, we settled down in the cockpit, had another nice dinner and enjoyed the sunset.
The next morning everything was covered in low hanging mist when we left our anchorage at 6:00.
We set sails and started beating around “the corner”. The mist disappeared and we enjoyed a nice sunny day on the water.
We are crossing paths with a freighter about once an hour and see sailboats here and there. None of them used their sails to make it to windward…
If things go well, this marks the end of our sailing along the Norwegian coast as we are hoping to leave to Scotland tomorrow.