We had a really international group with us this past 10 days. Henry and Mairead from Ireland, Koen from Belgium, Alex from Guernsey, Jeani from USA and Lone from Denmark. The huge variety in backgrounds, sense of humour and accents made for a great mix. We were sailing down the coast from Bodo to Kristiansund on the first leg of our trip back to Plymouth and with 300 miles to go in a southerly direction we were disappointed in the forecast for southerly winds and more than a little rain!!
Our first day out of Bodo, we had some good sailing as we made our way south and stayed overnight in the small town of Ornes. They had recently fitted a new guest pontoon which we were happy to make good use of. Our second day we set off to the glacier at Engen and were lucky that when we arrived the rain stopped and the sun came out giving everyone the chance to hike up the hill.
The weather forecast for the next 2 days was for strong wind becoming gales then severe gales, but at the glacier it was flat calm. We hoped that we might get a little further so left the glacier and headed to a small bay still in the shelter of Holandsfjord. This again has had a guest pontoon fitted recently and we were really pleased to tie up there as we could feel and see the wind howling outside.
We had to spend 2 nights there and so once the weather cleared up we needed to make a 2 night passage instead of a 1 night passage south. We had glorious westerly winds for the first 100 miles and made great progress reaching between the islands and across the Arctic Circle. We were sailing into a high, and the further south we got, the lighter the wind until eventually we were motoring in a glassy sea. Our second night at sea we had a stunning sunset, perfect moonrise and we even had a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis!!
We anchored in a beautiful bay at 9 am on Saturday, and after everyone had had a little nap to recover from the passage we spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine.
Our last day sail to Kristiansund involved lots of tacking in light westerly winds – of course. Our final night on board was a Sunday and so dinner was roast pork, rosemary potatoes, braised cabbage and gravy followed by home-made cheesecake. This was when Henry captured the phrase for our guest book
Velvet Food and Adventurous Sailing
This totally sums up what we hope to offer. Velvet food, accommodation and hospitality combined with real adventurous sailing on our fabulous Oyster 55 Velvet Lady.
Why not join us on one of our trips to find out. Our Schedule for 2014 is now online.