The Coconuts at the Vendee Globe

The Coconuts at the Vendee Globe

When we arrived in France we did not think we would experience the Vendee Globe in “front row seats”. The Vendee Globe is a round-the-world single-handed (solo) yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance.

Belgium to France

Belgium to France

After a long journey from Iceland, having crossed many miles in the last 4 months and “winter” conditions upon us, we felt a sense of accomplishment. Though we still hadn’t arrived to our final destination, we had at least made it to France, which was our plan. We still had a way to go but in a way we felt as though “we made it!

Netherlands to Belgium

Netherlands to Belgium

We arrived in Nieuwpoort, Belgium at night and had picked this place because it was suggested by friends of friends, who, to our knowledge, knew we were an engineless sailing vessel. They were also sailors so we took their suggestion and picked Nieuwpoort over the other ports in Belgium. As luck has it when we were at the entry to the Yser river which flows into the North Sea at Nieuwpoort, the tide was ebbing and it was upwind. There was a 2 knot current and wind was light, about 10 knots but constantly shadowed by buildings along the river.

Norway to Germany and on to the Netherlands

Norway to Germany and on to the Netherlands

Usually I write each passage separately but the story of the passage from Norway to Germany would have been pretty bleak were as the passage from Germany to the Netherlands was extremely pleasant, therefore it only made sense to combine them in order to balance the gloomy experience with the cheerful one.

Iceland to Faroe Islands

Iceland to Faroe Islands

As we left land behind and headed straight into the endless deep blue horizon, the swell of the waves began doing their magic and one by one our 4 children began to fall into deep sleep. It felt strange leaving behind a place that we had grown so found of, a country that felt like home.

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Iceland, our winter berth and birth

Iceland, our winter berth and birth

Iceland is a great place for our nomadic family to stop at and have a birth, a great country with great people to share our lives with for a short time. No regrets on picking Iceland to winter with our boat and as a birthing place for our latest crew member.

Liebster Blog Award!

Liebster Blog Award!

We have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by A Family Afloat. The Leibster award is passed from blogger to blogger.  Liebster is a German word for beloved, and this peer-to-peer recognition got started on the web in 2010. You are nominated by a blogger who enjoys reading your blog and they ask you a series of questions. It helps connect bloggers in a fun way!

Newfoundland to Iceland

Newfoundland to Iceland

After 14 days and 8 hrs we arrived in Iceland, “Land ho!” yelled the Captain and as soon as we got into the lee of the Island where the water was flat and the boat was no longer healed over the party began, it was about 4 am, dark and cold but it was a clear calm night.