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 Hopper,” as Brian and I took full advantage of our shallow draft and rock-spotting skills to explore the narrowest and most interesting sections of coastline. What better to do if we could not sail? The navigation and scenery within the inner leads provided hours of entertainment, despite persistent head winds.
Jan re-worked the itinerary daily to accommodate for the forecast and found safe harbours for the fleet. Aside from one afternoon of sailing, which was challenging at best as we tacked upwind just for the sake of sailing, the fleets’ engines powered us through. We continued to explore new anchorages and were thankful for the company of the fleet at the end of long days.
Norway kept the light on for us when we caught a break in the strong north wind and made for Rorvik overnight. A timely arrival in Rorvik was essential, no matter the forecast, as several crew changes were scheduled here among the fleet.
Aboard Detour, our stop at Rorvik was busy and bittersweet. Unsurprisingly, our engine was due for an oil change. The laundry bin was full, the refrigerator was empty, the fuel tank needed a refill, and we needed to peel away our winter layers for eagerly anticipated showers. From Rorvik we would bid farewell to Glenn. He’d become an essential part of Detour‘s crew, but his presence had been requested for a work conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Brian, Glenn, and I worked quickly to complete our chores. We met for an OCC Arctic Rally meeting to discuss the next portion of our journey. Finally, we toured small town Rorvik where we found a fabulous museum and were treated to a delicious lunch at the museum’s gourmet cafe. We toasted Glenn’s successful journey with a bottle of our finest Chateauneuf-du-Pape and slept fast in preparation for new crew and a new leg of the Arctic Rally.