Yacht Destiny

Adventures with Janice and Andy

20 October 2018 | NE Scotland
18 October 2018 | NE Scotland
16 October 2018 | Scrabster, NE Scotland
13 October 2018 | Suduroy, Faroe Islands
08 October 2018 | Faroe Islands
06 October 2018 | North East Iceland
02 October 2018 | Akureyri
26 September 2018 | North West Iceland
23 September 2018 | East Greenland
22 September 2018 | East Greenland
20 September 2018 | East Greenland
19 September 2018 | East Greenland
18 September 2018 | West Greenland
18 September 2018 | West Greenland
17 September 2018 | West Greenland
16 September 2018 | West Greenland
13 September 2018 | South West Greenland
07 September 2018 | West Greenland
06 September 2018 | West Greenland
05 September 2018 | West Greenland

Relaxing in Eyemouth

20 October 2018 | NE Scotland
55 52.30'N:002 05.22'W
Eyemouth is a great protected harbour. Although narrow and shallow, once on the pontoon it is well sheltered. The river is diverted so the expected tidal flood does not exist which is great as manouevring will be delicate in here; we definitely need a rising tide and a couple of hours in of said tide.

The town is very compact, lots of little alleyways, a mix of housing and interesting locals. The old harbour master Johnie was preparing a Trust owned wooden sailing boat for winter this morning with the assistance of two friends with much banter. Built in 1904 the boat was the Stroma ferry and carried livestock for 40 years. They keep it very well. The harbour seals are rather large being fed by the local fishermen. They certainly know when they are onto a good thing, apparently there are about 18 in the harbour.

Bella B a local fishing boat moors behind us, only just fitting on the pontoon with us here. We chatted with its owner Brian yesterday afternoon about how much the fishing has changed over the years. His is the only other boat we have met that has the same JCB engine as Destiny. They are now catching brown crabs and lobsters which go to China. There is no white fish landed here now. He generously gave us 5 lobsters which we had for dinner last night - delicious. The box of fresh baked cookies and Fondant au Chocolat we left on the boat for his crew today were a small thank you in comparison, especially as they gave us 4 brown crabs and some cod they caught today. We shared these with two other cruisers moored alongside - community spirit lives on. First time I've cooked lobster so Sophie Grigson's 'Fish' book, which we had on our first boat Samen in 1998, came in very useful.

Talking of Samen (a Vancouver 32), the boat moored alongside us is a Vancouver 34! Gosh that brings back memories. Samen was very good for us, she taught us a lot of steep lessons, never having sailed before, but also looked after us on our first trip to Greenland in 2001 when we endured a Force 9 gale mid Atlantic on the return trip. After the gale under a starry sky with the milky way and dolphins playing alongside in the waves, Andy and I decided on a life change but needed a bigger boat. Hence started the journey to build, live aboard and work with Destiny. Happy Days.

PICTURE : Local delicacies

Destiny In Quaint Eyemouth

18 October 2018 | NE Scotland
Leaving Scrabster at 10.30am yesterday, we had good wind on the beam which enabled us to be off Dunnet Point in time for the flood tide which saw us through the Pentland Firth (one of Britain's infamous tidal gates with flood tides up to 12kts, but for us a mellow sail as we had the entry time spot on and a neap tide) and round the most northern tip of mainland UK into the Moray Firth. We had such glorious weather, excellent beam reach wind from the West so we were steaming along at 8-9 knots, that we kept going passing our potential planned stops of Wick, then on overnight past Petershead and finally Montrose then passing the Firth of Forth to arrive here in quaint Eyemouth late afternoon. A tricky, very shallow harbour and entrance, we came in on Neaps low water seeing 0.7m on the depth gauge. With our keel up we touch at 0.5m so we only had 0.2m clear - 8"! We Moored up on the visitors pontoon, stretched our legs and enjoyed Haddock and Chips from Mackays chippy, having completed another 205nm.

We are still struggling with lush green views that greet us and our boat heightened sense of smell is picking up the various land scents such as grass, trees and ploughed earth as we enter each new harbour.

PICTURE : Destiny on the Visitors Pontoon, Eyemouth

Destiny Back In The UK After 5 Years In The Arctic

16 October 2018 | Scrabster, NE Scotland
We left Vagur at 4am Sunday morning, having had a very pleasant stay. A return to the Faroe Islands to cruise and explore them properly has been added to the Venue List. The weather was not quite as forecast, the wind more South than the forecast South West which would have given us a better fine reach rather than being tight on the wind. Off an oil platform, the main autopilot Ray had another calibration failure which meant we tacked! Better than a gybe. So we kept on the tacked course for a few hours to reduce our cross track error, then early hours Monday Andy tacked us back. However, with the tight wind angle and despite having enough reefed sail out for the wind which gusted to mid 30kts we were struggling to make headway in the short very confused sea. This kept knocking the boat speed down causing the second autopilot to struggle too. I put the engine on to keep boat speed up and push us through the choppy waves and we continued like this until we arrived in Scrabster just before dark. This is a big commercial port with 3+m tide at Neaps at the moment. We arrived to moor against the main quay and were happy the Harbour Master came to take our lines, as it was a job just to throw them up to him! All secure we had a quick bite to eat and drink then off to bed for a glorious 12 hours :-) zzz

Today was forecast strong winds so we stayed in harbour being blown off the tyre covered quay wall. We have checked the engine and transmission but also repaired a couple of deck leaks where sealant has failed and a small amount of salt water had got in. Not surprising with the pounding seas we had this trip. We took one 'greenie' which covered the entire boat, a great rolling water which came right up over the doghouse and Finnur's canopy. 'Thank You Finnur but also Ralf who made the soft canopy'.

We had a lovely walk along the headland this afternoon, wow its still summer here, birds, insects, green grass and flowers even sheep. Just three weeks ago we left East Greenland with sniw on deck and the sea freezing! Amazing rock cliffs here but definitely not climber friendly very friable. At the old lighthouse we talked with the owner of one of the keeper houses. The lighthouse is not in service now so the two properties were sold several years ago. Tomorrow we leave at 8am to go round Dunnet Peninsula (the most northerly peninsula in Britain) into Pentland Firth to Wick. Only 35nm but we have to get the flood tide right its one of the most notorious tidal gates in Britain.

PICTURE : Destiny tied up in Scrabster harbour
Vessel Name: Yacht Destiny
Vessel Make/Model: Van de Stadt | Samoa 47
Hailing Port: Stornoway, UK
Crew: Andy and Janice Fennymore-White
About: We built Destiny from scratch in a barn over 8 years and have lived aboard her full time since 2013. We are on a journey to explore our limits without time constraints anywhere the wind may take us. We have spent the last 3 years in the Arctic enjoying endless summer days and long Northern lights.
Yacht Destiny's Photos - Main
Pictures of Icelandic nature including animals, fauna, birds
22 Photos
Created 30 July 2017
We have been in Iceland for almost a year, we have met fabulous people and enjoyed the wild weather, but it is now time to depart..
27 Photos
Created 27 July 2017