We were sailing with Chris Perkins, great guy, and calm in a storm. This was lucky because the forecast F2-3 Northerly turned out to be a Westerly F6. So, I can confirm that passing round Lindesnes really should be avoided in strong Westerlies - because we did it! We took on-board large amounts of water as waves crashed over the good ship. Several gallons of water ended up down below via the 75mm dia. anchor hawser alone - a bouncy little ride. The good ship as ever was just great and she ploughed on. Both Chris and I were not sorry to get round Lindesnes or indeed finish off the last of 6 tins of leek and potato soup. I'm not sure why we had so much l and p on board; a stuck online ordering session last year I suspect.
Before we reached the nasty cape we had the pleasure of cruising through the inland waters of the Blindleia
En Route we picked up one of Brimble's favourites Rob Parsons. First stop with Rob was to the island of Utsira after which the North and South Shipping Forecast Areas are named. It was the most lovely place. From Utsira we worked our way up the coast to Bergen via Haugesund. We dropped Chris off at Haugesund and then Rob and I sailed the good ship up to Bergen in continued gorgeous glorious sunshine.
|Sneaking through the Blindleia - absolutely lovely scenery|
|Brimble moored alongside an island just east of Kristiansand|
|Triple reefed main and storm jib was the order of the day wet, wet, wet|
|Farsund was an an appreciated break as we battled headwinds|
up the coast
|Rather nice welcome for two chaps without |
female company ...
|A further coastal hop brought us to a lovely little harbour at|
Tananger where we picked Rob up
|We then sailed to Utsira made famous by the Shipping Forecast. |
Utsira was absolutely beautiful. We just clicked with it.
|The little harbour at Utsira where we stopped for lunch. From here|
we went to Haugesund where we dropped Chris off
|We decided to stop at a remote island on our way |
up to Bergen. It was the creepiest place I have
ever stayed at.
|Looks lovely ... was creeeeeeepy|
|As we were sailing Rob and Eider spotted this|
cloud that looks like a duck
|Approaching our marina just south of Bergen|
|All snugged up|