Surfing the English Channel

If there ever were a time to gain confidence in a boat, or to get the wits scared out of you, it would be during a gale.  Gales might spring up, like an uninvited guest, along a passage after the best possible forecast has been cautiously selected.  That is not the case, however, when departure for a passage…

Fast Forward

I’d like to thank Mark, who has done a fabulous job to captivate this audience with Scottish lore!  Meanwhile, behind the scenes… Brian and I have sailed Detour 1,374nm south from Glasgow; even at sailing pace, the scenery has changed so rapidly for us that some days it seems we’ve been plucked from the ground and…

Crinan to Glasgow

After departing the Crinan Canal, we had a relatively short distance to travel to the heart of Glasgow. But timing was very important; we would be traveling many miles up the River Clyde into Glasgow and the tide affects the flow for the entire distance. No reason to motor against the tide if not necessary.…

Traveling the Crinan Canal

*** Thanks to our Admin, Mark, for sharing his (and Detour’s) experience on the Crinan Canal; fortunately they all made it through without me! *** The most interesting thing about the Crinan Canal is that you operate the locks yourself as you travel through. The Crinan Canal was originally built a few years earlier than the…

Tobermory to Crinan via the Maelstrom

The longest day of the entire trip: 88 miles and close to 13 hours. We departed at 6:51 and arrived at 19:38. We passed islands, and vistas, small towns and famous sights, whales and dolphins and birds, and a maelstrom. Route Map The day before, the weather here would have been unpleasant – today it…

Traveling to Tobermory

We began this journey with a day of firsts; appropriate on the first day of September.  Our first sail without Stephanie, who was back in the USA and would not return until the same day Bruce & I were scheduled to depart.  Also, Detour’s first sail without Stephanie aboard.  Finally, my first time back on salt water…

Traveling the Caledonian Canal

**Thank you to our Admin, Mark, for contributing this well written account of his travels aboard Detour!** The Caledonian Canal connects the east and west coasts of Scotland from Inverness to Fort William, about 77 miles. It was opened in 1822 after 19 years of construction. It includes 3 lakes, including the famous Loch Ness. It’s geologically…

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…