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Monthly Archives: August 2019


Haldorsvik to Torshavn   From Haldorsvik we set sail for Midvagur 48.9nm away- This was a thrilling sail with a max speed of 10knots. An early start leaving the Lonely small town of Haldarsvik with its unusual octagonal church, the only one in the Faroes. The coastline out of the fjord was Running with waterfalls […]

Delayed blog post from pre-departure in Iceland!

Sorry readers, this one got missed before the crew who left Iceland last week – ED Fun and games onboard the Bluejay…… jokes already on day 2 range from not being allowed birds in their bunks….sorry Ian… a comment actually stemming from seagulls flying around and trying to land! David and Wendy are our intrepid […]

Goodbye Holland!

We set off from Scheveningen at noon heading for Eastbourne via Calais, but not stopping, and with an overnight sail ready to cross the English Channel tomorrow morning. In the morning the crew prepared the boat ready for departure and did some engineering after a slight issue. After making way David and Billy made us […]

Bluejay sails from Iceland to the Faroes

Bluejay Passage from Iceland to Faroe islands It was Wednesday afternoon that Bluejay and it’s crew set of from the anchorage behind the islands in Reydarfjordur, Iceland for her crossing to the Faroe Islands. The wind in the Fjord was still mild, but visibility was reduced by fog. As we left the swell from the […]

Sailing in the Faroes: from Haldorsvik to Midvagur

An early alarm call at 6.15 raised half the crew to get an early start for a longer passage to Midvagur. The plan was to leave Haldorsvik in the early morning sunshine and motor out to the entrance of the Sundini fjord round the northern end of Streymor and across towards the west! A long […]

Sailing from the Frisian Island to the Hague

Billy and Sue carefully plotted and planned our route from Vlieland to Scheveningen (Den Haag).  We had an early start leaving the Friesian islands early and heading south.  The day was gloriously sunny and the sea was very calm.  However, it was not great conditions for sailing, but marvellous for topping up the tan. Our waypoint buoys appeared just […]

Sailing to the Dutch Frisian Islands

A wonderful day on Saturday started with bright sunshine berthed at Vlieland.  The crew discussed plans and, as the weather was expected to be in the upper 20s, a bicycle ride with a swim was a favourite.  We set off with much enthusiasm – and the promise of a coffee and cake early on in our journey.  We […]

Starling sails to the Hague

A rest day today. So, whilst the Skipper and First Mate got on with their chores, the motley crew went on their merry way for some R & R. The Hague was the first stop. Unfortunately, Monday is also a rest day too for many of the museums. Some of the more cultured among us […]

Starling back through the Kiel canal to the Dutch Frisian Islands

We started our mammoth passage on Thursday at 0500 from Laboe marina en route to Vlieland in the Dutch Frisian islands, some 245 nm. Much of the trip was under motorsail but we did enjoy a sailing passage with F4 south westerlies. We started off waiting to enter the Kiel canal & whilst awaiting entry […]

Baltic wild swimming

Today we stayed in port at Klintholm, as the sea was very lively in the morning and the winds uncooperative in their direction. We took the opportunity to practise our navigation skills. We planned out three days of continuous cruising to take us from Klintholm, Denmark to Vlieland, Holland with a brief stop in Germany […]


On Monday the 19th, Starling’s crew woke up to a wonderful sunrise in Rødvig. The team had some great navigation tuition from Arabella, the mate, and an overview of the day ahead from Clive, today’s navigator. Starling then set sail to Klintholm, a 25 NM journey beating in F5 conditions most of the way. Along […]

What’s your favourite line?

The Crew members favourite lines on a sailing boat and why (a game played whilst sailing, courtesy of Emma) Emma: Staysail halyard, because it is loyal and dependable. Marilyn: Reef 3 – because most of the time the line does not do much, but it is there to stabilise the boat and the crew when […]