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Eshamy's Northern Passage
End of the Journey..
11/06/2011, Hartlepool

We spent the week in Aberdeen (pictured) doing what repairs we needed to do (in particular the navigation lights and auto helm!) and waiting for the strong southerly winds to ease. The week passed slowly but we visited a few pubs and the maritime museum which had everything from the history of Aberdeen port, fishing methods and industry, shipbuilding to the North Sea oil installations, as well an interesting display of photographs from Scott's Antarctic expedition. The forecast was showing that conditions would improve by the weekend, with the winds turning northerly and seas moderating. So we departed early on Saturday morning for our last leg of the voyage. Saturday brought light winds from the north and northwest with slight seas, such a change after the North Sea and having had the wind on the bow most of the time since arriving in Norway! By the evening the wind increased and skies cleared, so we had a wonderful nights sailing with almost perfect conditions and little traffic. Early on Sunday morning we made the decision to continue on to Hartlepool rather than stop in at Blyth as we would make it in for the afternoon high tide. It was a glorious morning and we enjoyed our last sail in the sunshine...probably the most enjoyable relaxing sail we'd had throughout the journey :-) It was a morning of mixed feelings from being happy and relieved to be almost finished to being a bit sad that the adventure was coming to its end! By 13:00 we were approaching Hartlepool and once we passed the headland seawalls we turned into the wind to get the sails down and lines ready. Approaching the lock we got quite a shock at how many people were waiting for us to arrive! There was much cheering and congratulations as we came in and tied onto the pontoon in the lock. It was an amazing experience and wonderful to see so many people there..thank you!!

11/14/2011 | Douglas Pohl
Welcome Home ! Congratulations on completing a clockwise Polar Circumnavigation - you rock! We hope to live our 10,000 nautical-mile Northwest Passage dream next year too.

Website: http://www.northwestpassage2012.com/

Smooth seas,

Doug
Boat!
10/31/2011, North Sea

One of the many vessels we saw while crossing the North Sea..

Across the North Sea
10/31/2011, Aberdeen, Scotland

On Friday morning we made our way from Leirvik (photo is of one of our last views of Norway) to head across the North Sea.. It wasn't too bad to start with but by late Friday evening, early Saturday it had picked up and the seas got bigger and sky darker. Saturday night wasn't pleasant at all with strong southerly winds, nasty seas and one thing after another deciding to break on us! It was a bit too rough to put kettle on or cook so we were deprived of coffee too. The North Sea is a very busy place with all the oil rigs and service vessels which seem to spend a lot of time going round in circles. Sunday was a bit of a blur but the sun was shining for a while in the morning and the wind turned southwest, with conditions improving by the late evening. We finally arrived at Aberdeen in the early hours of Monday morning and tied up in the same spot we were at in June! I saw several dolphins just at the entrance to the harbour which was great. Although quite worn out and ready for sleep we had a whisky to celebrate crossing our wake and arriving back in Scotland :-) So now we are doing a few repairs and waiting for the weather to improve so we can get back to Hartlepool.

11/07/2011 | Emily
YAY! Well done you two for making it around the world!!! Hoping there's big celebrations for you in Hartlepool!
11/08/2011 | David Brownlie
Congratulations Jerrrey and Katherine on completing such an undertaking. Enjoy a well earned rest.
11/08/2011 | David Brownlie
*Jeffrey.
Sorry for typo :(
Sandshamn to Leirvik
10/28/2011, Norway

After a weekend of doing very little but hiding from the strong winds and rain, we departed Sandshamn on Monday morning bathed in sunshine. It was glorious and I even got down to a t-shirt and went barefoot as we rounded the headland Stad. The sea was very calm then but it picked up later in the afternoon, as did the wind. We had some trouble with the genoa again and Jeffrey got rather soaked while fixing it in the big seas and we went off course a fair way! That evening the sea eased a little but the wind stayed relatively strong and it was slow going down the coast. Would have loved to have the wind behind us again! The stars were magnificent though and just after midnight the auroras gave us a final display, again very impressive and this time pink and green :-) Got to see the sliver of moon rise just at dawn and the sky was a very impressive bright orange and red. Tuesday was sunny and clear as we made our way into Bergen, arriving late afternoon. Was quite a shock to the system, busiest place we've been to in a while! Bergen is a beautiful city though and you can tie up right in the centre of town, near the historic buildings, bars and restaurants which is handy. We spent Tuesday night and Wednesday (the weather wasn't so nice on Wednesday) there and explored the city a little, would love to come back in the summer! Thursday morning we left in the pouring rain and made our way further south to a place called Leirvik which we arrived at in the late evening. After checking the weather late that night we decided it was time to give the North Sea a go and finally make our way to Scotland then England!

11/04/2011 | tini
I would love to revisit Bergen too Katherine--BUT BY PLANE!
looking fwd to seeing you both.
Blue Sky!!
10/27/2011

Blue skies on Monday and Tuesday..the best we've seen since Greenland! A beautiful night on Monday too with a sky full of stars and the auroras on display again, this time pink and green just magic :-) Will upload a more detailed blog soon!

M/F Bilfergen
10/23/2011, Ă…lesund, Norway

M/F Bilfergen the ferry built in 1921 that we tied up next to in Ă…lesund :-)

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Eshamy's Northern Passage
Who: Jeffrey Allison, Katherine Brownlie, Alex Taylor, James Allison, Paul Brossier, Martin Oakley, Chris Phillips, Tanya Hargreaves, Philip Schofield (Onshore Communications Officer)
Port: Hartlepool
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