Author Archives: Viking Queen

About Viking Queen

I am a sailor and I live on my boat 'Free'. I have no home but originate from Tyneside. I have no allegiance, just a desire to do no harm and live with courage and an open heart.

Now is the winter of my content.

I love winter; it gives value to the other seasons. The North is my passion with its constant change and fusion into panoramic hues. The fjords are a wonderful contrast of deciduous silver birch with their surrendering foliage and the resilient, … Continue reading

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Single-handers

Sailing is not a life for the squeamish. It’s one thing to relax in a light Mediterranean breeze with a group of friends on your holidays, but a completely different situation to be single-handed in a near gale, heavily reefed … Continue reading

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Keeping it free…

Ten years of freedom has left me time to reminisce on my great fortune and grace. I am certain that we are the captain’s of our own destiny, if we can only realise it. The more negativity and excuses I … Continue reading

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A lazy limbo.

The devil plays with the best made plans… Seafaring is dependent on so many things, not only the weather and sea conditions, but the financial and external situations, often way beyond one’s control. My plan this year had been to … Continue reading

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Romancing the fear.

I will always love Scandinavia….Viking genes are there in my DNA, my ancestors settling in the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it is that very spirit that calls to me now. The preparations are underway; so much to … Continue reading

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The fog on the Tyne was all mine…

Yes it was, once upon a time. And suddenly I am sixty years old… This is a shocking revelation for someone who still sees themselves as thirty-four and yet there is no way to sugarcoat it. I have pulled together … Continue reading

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A requiem for the Whitby men.

I feel moved to write mainly due to the fusion of great seafaring culture that haunts Whitby’s ancient streets. I doubt whether there are more places with a greater maritime heritage than Whitby and forces unseen are clawing at me to … Continue reading

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