Lindisfarne – Forgus 37 – 7,5t (over 9t fully equipped)
Norway and Scotland
Launched in late March but still a lot of upgrading to do in the boat.
Because of those works, first sailing weekend didn’t come until late April.
Having spent every free from work minute in the cold shed during the winter it was still better to continue on the water seeing the daylight. Had to spend a lot of hours installing and fixing to be ready in time for our summer holiday.
Though we had a nice sailing weekend to Skagen in Denmark.
Spring summary: 200 nm 10 days and 8 nights in the boat.
This year a little longer trip – to Scotland and back in 6 weeks.
Started from Göteborg early June to go to Farsund in Norway.
Even if Inverness in Scotland is 500 nm due west from Göteborg it is easier to stop in Norway and wait for weather to go the remaining 300 nm. So we did but it was a very windy/stormy early summer period. We waited for one storm to pass and quickly set off before the next was coming. Five days after leaving our home port we were on our way to cross the North Sea for the first time.
The crossing was not even close to smooth but the good thing was that we didn’t have to tack even if our first day was pointing towards the south of UK!.
Ended up at the lock in Inverness just as it closed. The marina nearby had room for us and we were waiting for our friends from Sweden to arrive and join us for one week of the Scotland sailing.
To go to the west coast, the Caledonian Canal cutting off the top of Scotland, is an easy and nice tour. Coming out on the other side sailing among the islands was a treat. Whiskey distilleries every where and a nice archipelago made the picture complete.
This in now the first time we really experience how it is to sail and navigate in tidal waters. Funny to hear the locals asking how we can sail without the tide. Sweden and south of Norway has no tide to talk about and now we are in an area with one of the largest tidal differences in the world. Better learn quickly how to take advantage of the current not to get stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time…
The trip took us clockwise around Scotland and we visited the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland before crossing the North Sea back to Norway.
We had a very nice holiday and we met a lot of nice people along the way. Not only locals but a lot of Swedes sailing to Scotland every year.
Ended up in Farsund at the same spot as when we left after a much better crossing then in the opposite direction. Now being late July, we didn’t stop at many places as the Swedish archipelago is full of boats.
1900 nm 41 days
The fall became a windy and nice experiences. Many pleasant meetings with people with the same fascination for sailing outside the main season. Sailed mostly around the nearby archipelago but also a trip to the Danish island Läsö.
Hauled out in late November to the same cold storage as last winter. It is very convenient to be indoors working on different projects during the snowy season.
Fall summery: 730 nm 29 days at sea and 26 nights
Total for year 2000, our third year with Lindisfarne
2800nm, 80 days at sea and 75 nights.
See – Album – some pictures from 2000
Year 1998-2000 = 6720nm
Annika & Björn