The Famous, Peter of Horta

Our first steps on solid ground at Horta, Faial led us instinctively to Peter’s Cafe Sport; the world renown sailors’ bar. This year celebrates 100 YEARS during which Peter’s Cafe Sport has been serving sailors, not only the most delicious gin-with-a-hint-of-passion-fruit & tonics, but also assisting sailors with money exchange, receiving/sending mail, general information, and weather forecasting. …

News from the Colonists

The Irish Sea blessed us with a fabulous forecast, light north wind, on which we motor-sailed 382 uneventful, nautical miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Detour rocketed downwind, 10-knots on the speedometer with a 4-knot current in our favor; then 6-hours later at the change of the tide we cursed that dang current for slowing us to a…

Goodbye, Norway

Bergen, the bustling city that had greeted us with sunshine and warmth in June, now demonstrated its true colors – wet!  Since we’d been up north, Bergen had set record breaking rainfall at nearly 10 inches recorded during the month of July.  Rain was still pouring down, every day!  We took this opportunity to visit the driest…

Svartisen Glacier

A light, northwesterly breeze gave us a pleasant downwind sail across the Vestfjorden to return to mainland Norway from the Lofoten islands.  We landed at a beautiful anchorage on the island of Rodoy where of course, we explored our new view from the summit of Rodoylova (Rodoy Lion).  From a distance, Rodoylova looks like a proud, male…

Lille Molle

Lille Molle is described in our guidebook as “a beautiful, lonely harbour,” which to us sounded very enticing! It was, in fact, beautiful!  But it was not lonely the evening we stayed because we were joined by our friends Alison and Peter aboard S/Y Upshot.  The fact we were both anchoring at Lille Molle became a bit of…

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…

Vestvagoy Vikings

At the island of Vestvagoy, from the airport at Leknes, we would say goodbye to Josh.  But we couldn’t let him leave without just one more excursion!We visited the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg.  In 1981, a farmer plowing his fields at Borg discovered the ruins of a dwelling.  Further excavation determined that the farmer’s discovery was an…

“Fish ON!”

“Fish ON!” I would yell each time someone announced he or she had a bite on the line.  The phrase caught, and soon Brian, Josh, Jack, Debbi, and Kerri were shouting, “Fish ON!” from every direction!  Detour and S/Y Iroquois had a blast during a sunny afternoon of rafted-up fishing, just offshore from Kabbelvag.  Kerri and I took…

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,…

Donnamannen

“Suit up!” we exclaimed, tossing Josh a full set of rain gear (thanks, Bruce!) as Brian and I prepared Detour to haul the anchor.  The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Arctic Rally was on the move!  Conditions were superb, strong head winds and rain.  “Don’t worry,” we encouraged Josh, “at tonight’s anchorage, Hjartoya, we should have a…