Prepare to Set Sail

Obviously, I’m backtracking a teeny-tiny bit…but we couldn’t have skipped across the Atlantic Ocean without being prepared and despite Detour‘s impeccable condition (hopefully fellow boat owners are having a good laugh here), there was a tremendous amount of preparation necessary for boat and crew. Detour is in constant maintenance mode (sailing the world is all about completing boat…

The Crossing

Welcome to the phase of our lives which will now and forever be deemed, The Crossing.  When, exactly, did we stop cruising and begin crossing?  I think it was somewhere between Portugal and the Canary Islands. It’s transatlantic season!  The Canary Islands are the staging ground, and we are moving through with the masses of sailors…

Notes about my visit to s/v Detour

I am not a blue water sailor and am rather apprehensive of the water, so in many ways, a trip on a canal and among islands with abundant sea and bird life is just about right for me. And indeed it was — there were so many things to see, and Steph and Brian were…

Arctic Rally Ends

At Henningsvaer, we reunited with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Arctic Rally fleet only to bid our farewells.  We’d like to thank Hovde Maritime for allowing the fleet use of their company canteen to house our farewell pot-luck.  The sailors would disperse, let loose in Norway!  M/Y Migration continued northward, the only participant of the Arctic Rally…

Bustling Bergen

Bergen has the reputation of being Norway’s rainiest location, yet on the day we arrived the sun was shining brilliantly and it was HOT!  Brian, Bruce, Kathy, and I were well rested from our peaceful night anchored at Lysøya; it had been our last night together before the chaos ensued.  That morning we’d each taken…

Goats & Scallops, by Kathy

I had fallen asleep while sitting up at the dinner table.  It was almost midnight and I was tired even though it wasn’t dark! Everyone chatted about future plans at towns that I cannot pronounce.  Every day had an adventure and Brian and Stephanie were eager to capture each one!  This particular day, we’d sailed a lot.  The sun shone…

Stavanger Welcomes the Grandjeans

Brian and I arrived right on schedule at Stavanger, Norway and docked Detour at our pre-planned space along the inside wall at Borevika.  We’d corresponded with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Port Captain in Stavanger; he’d provided excellent directions and we knew exactly what to expect at Borevika, “…where all the OCC’ers dock.”  Brian and…

Podcast – The French Canals

You’ve read our stories, now hear our lovely voices!  Brian and I both had the pleasure of speaking with Franz, who interviewed us for his podcast series, Sailing in the Mediterranean.  Franz’s website (http://www.medsailor.com/) is filled with fantastic, firsthand information and helpful resources for cruising and chartering in the Mediterranean Sea. He also features topic interviews…

Spring Sailing

Spring has sprung in the Netherlands, and after a long hiatus Detour is finally sailing again!  We’re somewhat early bloomers; boats are still being launched into the water for the season and blustery weather is quite chilly despite the sunshine inviting us outside.  But we’re making moves and it feels great to get our plans underway for yet…