North to Norway

Exploring new territory in Norway.

26 August 2012 | Tingholmen, Norway
12 August 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
11 August 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
27 July 2012 | Helford to Falmouth, UK
26 July 2012 | St.Mary's to Helford, UK
25 July 2012 | Porth Cressa, Isles of Scilly, UK
24 July 2012 | Menawethan, Isles of Scilly, UK
23 July 2012 | Newlyn to Scilly, UK
22 July 2012 | Falmouth - Newlyn, UK
21 July 2012 | Falmouth; UK
15 July 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
14 July 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
07 July 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
05 July 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
01 July 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
30 June 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
27 June 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
26 June 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
03 June 2012 | Stavanger, Norway
20 May 2012 | Stavanger, Norway

Day 4 - More seals

25 July 2012 | Porth Cressa, Isles of Scilly, UK
Nevil. Sunny, warm but no wind.
Start / Finish Time: 13:37 / 15:49
Daily time / distance: 5.7 NM / 2hr 11 mins
Weather Forecast @ 1800; variable mainly N to NE 3-4 declining 2 at times. Smooth/slight. Vis mod/good occ. poor at times.
Crew: Nevil, Rachel, Robert & Luke. Larry.

In the morning the weather was still fantastic and the sea turquoise blue and flat calm; Scilly at its best. I wanted to go ashore on Nornour to show the boys the Iron Age Village and the boys wanted to swim with the seals again. After a bit of a problem finding the right fuel to refuel the outboard (eventually located in a forward locker none of us had recognised as existing) we put this plan into action. We then had a leisurely lunch whilst we settled the detailed plan for the remainder of the day. We decided that we would use the afternoon to do some more handling under sail practice and make our way round to Porth Cressa for a final run ashore on St Mary's. We would then have dinner and aim to set off on our sail back to the mainland at around 9pm with me taking the first watch until about 2am and then Rachel doing her required night hours from 2am onwards, aiming to arrive at Helford at about 7am.
The first part of the plan went fine; we did our practice, moored to one of the buoys in Porth Cressa and went ashore to shop for both food and deck shoes along with some caps and tee-shirts for the boys. We returned to Wheal-Go and chilled out for a while then started on our evening meal. At around 8pm we noticed the tops of the hill on St Agnes disappear in the cloud, which rapidly became thick fog first eclipsing the Spanish Ledges cardinal buoy about 500m away then dimming the shore around 150m away and ultimately even the large yacht next to us was a ghostly shadow; we weren't going to be going anywhere until this cleared. We decided that if it hadn't cleared by midnight we would wait until the morning and Rachel then went off to bed to prepare for her night shift.

Larry and I checked every half hour or so but by 11pm it was still thick so we had a glass of wine before turning in. In the morning I reported that I had checked at about 1am and Larry had checked at about 2am and although the odd star was visible it was not really clear and by this stage we were just too comfortable for the night!

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Luke in dinghy


He's behind you

Fog descends
Vessel Name: Marita
Vessel Make/Model: Maxi 84
Hailing Port: Stavanger, Norway
Crew: Nevil, Rachel, Robert & Luke
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Marita's crew

Who: Nevil, Rachel, Robert & Luke
Port: Stavanger, Norway