Tag Archives: Viking Queen

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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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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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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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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Disappearing Liverpool

I step down from the train as it finally grinds to a halt in Lime Street and traverse the station concourse with a huge smile on my face. I am back in Liverpool, a city which is slowly staking a … Continue reading

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Zen and the art of elemental living…

A long, hot summer has graced the north of Sweden, but there are always reminders that the weather can change at any moment into a fusion of elemental pulses. This week have seen two low pressure systems camped over Norway, … Continue reading

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