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Submitted by jono on 07 Jul 2017.

Light winds and the sailing has been a bit of a slog these last few days. It looked like a straightforward run up Trondheimsleia - inside the islands of Hitra and Smøla - but end of day 3 and I'm still 45k short of Kristiansund. Am running low or out of key supplies - coffee, oil for cooking fish, toothpaste, anything with vitamins, midge repellent (!), beer(!) - so am determined to put in a good effort tomorrow to reach significant civilisation.

Submitted by jono on 30 Jun 2017.

A blog entry in the style of Long Standing Ambition!

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Submitted by jono on 25 Jun 2017.

I'm rather disappointed with myself for missing the Hurtigruten ship MS Nordlys that yesterday called in at Bodø. MS Nordlys is the boat I sailed up to Kirkenes in, so it was a lost an opportunity to reacquaint with the crew and 'expedition team' who had become friends on the journey up. Drat it!

Yesterday was spent working. I still do the occasional day of normal work. Bodø library was a nice place to do that.

Submitted by jono on 21 Jun 2017.

Been going a month and had my first day of really feeling a bit uninspired yesterday. Cold, grey, a bit of a slog to make progress, lots of cabins and signs of people - so none of the wilderness feel of Finnmark - but no spontaneous interactions and no Local Contacts to call by at. Plus I'd split the shaft of the paddle which as a result was slowly filling up with water. Little things like that can ruin your day. I headed to Lødingen daydreaming of pizza.

Submitted by jono on 16 Jun 2017.

Given my previous good experiences with Tushingham Watersports Distribution I chose to approach them once again for gear to use on the Windsurf Round Europe expedition. They were nicely enthusiastic and together with Starboard and Severne provided all the windsurfing kit, and a SUP paddle.

Having used the gear for nearly a month here are a few thoughts. Please note that this post is probably of (potential!) interest to windsurfers rather than being of general appeal.

Submitted by jono on 12 Jun 2017.

In the last few days two landmarks have been passed.

Submitted by jono on 01 Jun 2017.

Written this morning

Long day yesterday but now round past mainland Europe's most northerly point: Nordkinn. Nordkapp itself, the often-cited most northerly point, is on an island - so no need for me to go round that.

Submitted by jono on 30 May 2017.

I have to remind myself this from time to time. I'm always glad I do, though I can never entirely escape the nagging voice that says I should be sailing whenever I see a decent breeze.

Submitted by jono on 29 May 2017.

The sail from Kongsfjord to Berlevag was slow, but the calm days are the best for seeing wildlife. Yesterday was the turn of porpoises and this minke whale (in the video below) to make the occasional toughness of the day to day seem trivial.

The marine mammals are a treat. But the birds are more regularly visible companions and every bit as delighting. There are the eider ducks of course. I'd never seen these, and they must be one of natures most beautiful creations.

Submitted by jono on 23 May 2017.

Day 4 and first day not sailed. Reason: strong winds, heavy seas, hail, snow - take your pick!

First 'night' in Vardø was spent under the sail, until 3 o'clock when it blew away along with attached board. No damage done and second part of the night was more comfortable after rearrangements - despite intermittent horizontal hail and snow.