Hello, Scotland!

Detour had a blazing sail to Scotland, averaging 6.7 knots.  We sailed first with a 15-20 knot northwest wind, followed by a lull which required a bit of motoring, ended with a building southeast, and finally another bit of motoring to bring us into the Moray Firth.  We’d traveled exactly 360nm from Utsira, Norway; total 53 hours…

Make Way for Vikings!

The scenery continued to amaze; snow-capped mountain peaks piled atop one another in the background while the foreground was a maze of rocky islets.  We kept our eyes on the sea on the lookout for puffins; these little heartthrobs bobbed among the waves so we’d get a glimpse of their adorable orange beaks and white, panda-like eyes,…

66° 33′ 39″ N

A gloomy day welcomed us into the Arctic, but aboard Detour there was only excitement and celebration.It is a huge achievement for any sailor  to cross the Arctic Circle, at 66° 33′ 39″ N this is the northernmost, imaginary line of accomplishment.  The Arctic Circle is the farthest south latitude where one can witness 24-hours of sunlight or 24-hours…

Arctic Rally Rallies North

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) participants of the Arctic Rally made tracks northward, but constant north winds in the forecast meant we really had to rally to keep energized and keep moving!  We were thankful for Norway’s protective coastline, which kept the seas at bay while we motored the intricate, inner leads.  Detour  earned the nickname, “Rock…

Statt

It was smooth sailing around Statt, despite the swell and the headwind, the conditions had calmed enough for us to complete roughly 20nm of open coastline.  The point protrudes like a fist aiming straight at your nose!  Curled knuckles are formed by sloping cliff sides.  It was a motoring night, but our first experience of the…

Welcome to Norway!

“Goodnight, Denmark!” I bid farewell knowing the next day we’d arrive on the southern coast of Norway.  I didn’t know exactly where, some waypoints on our chart indicated safe entryways through the rock smattered coastline, but our first landfall depended entirely on how well Detour would sail upwind as the forecast predicted we’d arrive along with…

Kiel Canal

The Kiel Canal was a grand finale to complete our first year aboard Detour!  We’d traveled through Europe’s inland waterways, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and now we’d transit the world’s busiest artificial waterway.  The Kiel Canal (A.K.A. Nord-Ostsee Canal) connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) through Germany.  We’d use this 98-kilometer (60-mile) route to…

Welcome to Germany!

We sailed from Terschelling, Netherlands, exited the cut between the Wadden Islands to enter the North Sea at approximately 6:00 P.M.  The predicted forecast was south-southeast wind at 15-20 knots.  Brian and I sat together in the cockpit through sunset anticipating the night.  We’d run jack-lines and were clipped into our harnesses and bundled beneath two layers topped…

Road Blocks

Good thing we’re sailing aboard Detour, which helped us get ’round two recent road blocks during which our cruisers’ flexibility was of the utmost importance!  We set sail from Andijk with a fabulous forecast, 20-knots of south wind behind us breezing us across the IJsselmeer.  Approaching the Lorentzsluizen (locks through the dike separating the IJsselmeer from the Wadden Sea),…

Wadden Sea

We were about to enter the Wadden Sea, a momentous event for Detour upon which re-entering the salty sea meant that this ship had crossed a continent!  The lock through the eastern end of the Afsluitdijk, the dike separating the Ijsselmeer from the Wadden Sea, would raise Detour (due to the tide) into the ocean.  From the Mediterranean Sea…