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Our return trip started well from Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, with light winds, we even flew the topsail and the intention was to sail direct to Lerwick but a succession of lows meant that we had to take the inside passage through the fjords.

The only time we needed to go outside the islands was to round the Stadt peninsula, the forecast was Force 5 to 6 but we were caught well and truly. The wind freshened to a storm 10. We blew out the staysail and tore the main, lots of stitching, we found out afterwards that they experience over 100 days-a-year of storm-force winds


We ended up storm-bound in Bergen for a week and it rained solid, all day, everyday.

"Well done, Bob, the skipper must have been pleased to have you on board."

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