Adventures of a small yacht

Sat Phone update…

Day 65 Scoresby Sund Expedition Position   N 60.52.7 x W7.38.04   Just SW of the Faroe Islands Weather: Light southerly, calm sea It’s getting warmer – at last! Although we are only making slow progress south, averaging about 4 knots, each day brings a little more warmth. This watch is the first watch without needing to wear my massive sea boots and oilskins. We do a three-hour watch system, often interrupted by a sail change or such like. With two of us onboard that is three hours on and three hours off. You get used to it. I actually took off my socks before getting into

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Website format

My problems with the website are minor compared to Alasdair’s adventures but there are a couple of glitches with the site that I am trying to fix. Hopefully back to normal in a couple of hours. Gerry

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Sat Phone update…

Received Saturday 13th August at 08.47 GMT Day 64 Scoresby Sund Expedition Position: 62.49N x 09.0WSpeed 3.3 kn, Course 165 MWeather: Much calmer now. Force 3 SW The Magnetic Attraction of the Faroes It seems Sumara just wants to go there! The last two days have been pretty awful bashing into steep seas with strong headwinds and cold to boot. The leeway has been excessive as the little ship has been tumbling off the breaking waves so, combined with the wind direction, we keep tracking towards the Faroes. We shall resist as Scotland is our desired target. I’ve promissed Ray

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Received from Sat Phone…

I received this message from Alasdair on Friday 12th August at 14.15 GMT position 60n x 11.23W Getting beaten up by the weather. 3 m waves and force 6 wind on the nose. Waves crashing ove the boat. Unable to make course for Scotland. Hoping for a wind shift soon out

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..and we are off – probably!

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Days 59. 9th August 2022 Position: Raufarhofn, North Iceland Weather: Overcast and raining It is our strong intention to sail this evening. We hope to catch the slack water at Langanes at 04:00 on Wednesday morning just before a strong gale is forecast. I’ve had a very helpful phone chat with John who has a plethora of weather apps. It is a fairly close call, but we could be stuck here for a while if we don’t grab the moment – not that there is anything wrong with Raufarhofn. Once we turn the corner around the

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Iceland’s most northerly port

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Days 57. 7th August 2022 Position: Raufarhofn, Iceland Weather: The sun is shining! We left Husavik at 00:22 in the morning which was the moment the strong winds died down and backed to NWbW just enough to give us a cut to clear the headland. Obviously after such prolonged bad weather the sea was still quite rough but once we had cleared the bay there was enough power in the wind to push the boat along nicely at 5 knots. As we turned eastwards rounding the Melrakkasletta peninsular we had a rolly downwind ride eventually gybing

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An Important Announcement

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Days 54. 3rd August 2022 Position: Still Moored Husavik, Iceland Weather: Overcast, heavy rain, strong winds. 5 degrees Ice: No Danish update but Norwegian Charts say the coast is now clear of ice The weather is now spooking us. The locals are telling us it is the worst weather they have experienced since 1970’s. There has been a weather warning issued today for North East Iceland warning of: “..flooding, falling rocks and landslides. Outdoor activities (such as hiking) are not advised because of cooling due to the combination of wet weather, low temperatures and strong wind”.

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Final Preparations – but for what?

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Days 48, 49, 50. 30th July 2022 Position: Still Moored Husavik, Iceland Weather: Overcast and raining. Getting windy too. 6 degrees Ice: Improving. Hopefully the next chart will show the settlement virtually clear of ice We managed a good walk on Thursday to the top of Husavik Hill. Our attempt at finding a new way down failed so we climbed back up and then came back down. We quenched our thirst, plus a bit, at the Husavik Micro Brewery and collapsed into our bunks after knocking up a beef madras with brown rice. The harbour is

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A Short Video from Husavik, North Iceland

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 48. 28th July 2022 Position: Still Moored Husavik, Iceland Weather: It was a bit grim, windy and raining yesterday but the sun is out now, yippee! Ice: Improving. Hopefully the next chart will show the settlement virtually clear of ice Here is a short slightly out of focus video from Sumara’s cockpit with a lot of wind noise. Must try harder next time!   The featured image shows just a snap of the weird landscapes to be found all around Iceland.

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Life in Husavik, Iceland

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 44. 24th July 2022 Position: Moored Husavik, Iceland Weather: Not too bad at all Ice: Awaiting a new Ice Chart Sumara has the best position in the harbour being the only yacht on a pontoon. On the harbour wall lies Dagmar Aaen, the crew of which are all waiting news of their Captain’s health after he fell ill a few days ago. We met Judith from the ship while we were in town and decided to go for a little walk along the trails in the hills behind Husavik. Ray led the way, having already

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