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10th June 2011

Sailing Adventures in Norway. Alesund to Namsos

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A Sailing Adventure From Alesund To Namsos

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This part of the coast is almost all protected by hundreds of
small islands. That means sheltered water sailing almost all the way and
lots of places to stop over. Add nearly 24 hours of daylight and almost no
tides and stunning scenery to the mix and you can see why we love to
sail in Norway.

Leaving Alesund In Our Wake

A gaff schooner sailing goose winged.

A gaff schooner sailing goose winged.

We had some great sailing with long day runs of up to 65 miles doing 7 knots with a force 5 to 7 on the quarter and sometimes dead aft. Mostly we have just the jib foresail and main set in these conditions. Trinovante is very stable and easy to steer goose-winging under gaff foresail and main so this is often an option we choose.

The fast progress left us with plenty of time for walks to explore ashore

Rock Carvings

Stone age Norwegian rock carvings.

Stone age Norwegian rock carvings.

On one of our walks out from Vingsand we came across these rock carvings thought to be around 5000 years old.

The carvings in the photo have been traced in with some paint and would be almost impossible to spot other wise. Usually the carvings are located on small flat outcrops on low headlands.

The whale is pretty clear but who knows what the geometric sigh represents. Some have suggested these are depictions of visual hallucinations experienced during a trance state.

Norwegian Wood

Decorative dragons on a Norwegian house

Decorative dragons on a Norwegian house

Wood is in plentiful supply in Norway. Unlike in the UK many houses (and most boats) are built of the local soft woods.

In Kristiansund we noticed many decorative touches on houses. This gable end with dragons particulally took our fancy.

The Namsos fjord where this voyage ends is thickly wooded and the town has long been a big base for the timber trade. We can smell timber in the air from the huge lumber yard quite close to where Trinovante is moored this week.

Accompanied By A Tug

The Norwegian tug Vivax

The Norwegian tug Vivax

Yachts are a rare sight sailing in Norway but we do see a lot of commercial vessels.
They usually take a keen interest in our schooner Trinovante, often making the effort to come out of their wheel houses to exchange a friendly wave. We have even had a friendly toot from the Hurtigrute ferry in the past.

This tug Vivax followed us for quite a while before overtaking as we turned into Kristiasund.

The Captain Catches A Cod

Cod for dinner

Cod for dinner

Sailing north from Alesund the size of the fish increases. Even the Norwegian minimum sizes for recreational fishing reflect this. South of the Stad headland at 62 degrees north the minimum size for cod is 40 cm. North of this 44 cm is the minimum.

Eaten within hours of catching it, battered and fried cod with a home made tartar sauce is one of our favourites. Being able to catch your own fish for dinner is one of the great things about sailing in Norway.

A Dramatic Squall In Namsos

Namsos from the water

Namsos from the water

Towards the end of a long hot day in Namsos we were sitiing on deck in the sunshine seeing towering cumulonimbus clouds rise rapidly over the land.

The first few drops of rain saw us rapidly collecting our gear scattered around the deck and retreating below. Through the portholes we watched as a the rain increased to a deluge and flattened the surface waters of the fjord.

A 45 knot squall suddenly hit us. Immediately the fine fjord view disappeared the only thing we could see was flashes of lightening illuminating the murk. Just as quickly the wind and rain was gone.

John quoted an old sailors rhyme.

If the rain before the wind, then your topsail halyards mind.
If the wind before the rain, soon your topsails
set again.

As were were about to have dinner we didn’t
bother with the topsails!


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