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The ecstasy and the agony

Seafaring is a dangerous life…An obvious statement of fact but painfully true. When you are in your element you also stand on the edge of hell, as was revealed off the island of Iggön on the evening of the twenty-seventh … Continue reading

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And so it goes…

How the years have flown… This was the fifth time that Free has been lowered into the Gulf of Bothnia in as many years. How time has flown since 2013 when I crossed the northern sixty-degree parallel, venturing into waters so rarely visited … Continue reading

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Born under a wandering star.

I remember from my childhood the song from a musical Paint your wagon where Lee Marvin sings the old classic, ‘I was born under a wandering star’. One particular line stands out in my memory and still rings true all these … Continue reading

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Winter, the sailor and a tale of two voyages.

Gott nytt år, as they say here in the north of Sweden. A time to reflect… In 2006 I cut my ties with what passes as normal in today’s world. I sold everything I owned and raised my middle finger … Continue reading

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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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