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Bluejay arrives in Reine, Lofotens

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Thursday 20th June

The day started watching the midnight sun (the second time for some of us) dip down towards the horizon, but never quite reaching it.  A great disappointment to hear though, that the sun is actually at its lowest at 0446 hrs.

A rushed morning as we breakfasted on cereal and toast before getting on deck by 0800 hrs to prepare the boat for a great day of sailing, and a long voyage over to Reine on the Lofoten Islands.  The wind was light north easterly as we left Kjerringoy though forecast to build as the day progressed.   With sails set we initially headed south west before turning to starboard to start the crossing over Vestfjorden to Reine, towards the southern end of the Lofoten Islands.

What a fantastic day of sailing!  The winds started to build as we got further offshore and after a while the decision was made to reef.  Thanks to the drills that were done yesterday this was done without mishap and we duly reduced the amount of sail.  ‘Bluejay’ hurtled across Vestfjorden towards Reine at the impressive speed of between 9 and 10 knots for most of the crossing, the boat heeling over at just the right angle to make it seem we were racing across the water.  The views were stunning as we left the Norwegian mainland and made our way north east towards the islands.  The mountains are majestic with incredibly steep sides, snow still lingering in the nooks and gullies, and tiny fishing huts nestling at the base of cliffs and along the sea front.  Thanks to the brilliant passage planning and navigation by Sarah we arrived in good time and eventually tied up alongside in Reine at 1715 hrs – a total of 53 miles sailed in around 6 hours. Impressive!

Reine appears to be a sleepy fishing town with lots of opportunities to explore the local area tomorrow – kayaking, walking, ferry rides, bike hire and I expect much more.  A tasty dinner of Thai fish curry washed down by numerous cans of beer, stories shared by the 11 people on board, with the sun dropping down towards the horizon – though never getting there.  What an incredible day and a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has played their part in making it such.

Kate – Bluejay