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Day 0 (Monday, July 12)
I woke up very early in Oslo, and went to the train station where I got the train to the airport. After a short flight I was in Brussels Airport, from where I took the bus to Antwerp under a pouring rain.
When I got in Antwerp the rain was stopping, and I carried my bag from the bus station to the harbour in a nice weather, taking pictures on the way.
In the harbour I went to my ship Christian Radich. After a short tour of the ship I unpacked my bags and went for a short walk in the harbour and to Grote Markt.
On the way I got French fries. I got back to the ship where I met Håkon which I knew from the previous year while sailing with Mathilde, and his girlfriend Danielle.
Together we went to visit the sailing ships in the harbour, then went for a dinner in Grote Markt.
We returned to the ship to see the fireworks, and went to sleep in hammocks.
Day 1 (Tuesday, July 13)
We woke up on the ship and got breakfast while more trainess were arriving on the ship.
At 10:00 there was a general assembly on deck. The Captain welcomed us to the race and the First Mate presented the coveted prize of the race, which Christian Radich held for the past 2 years. It’s a piece of rock from Cape Horn.
After this the ships started leaving the harbour. There was an incident in which 2 ships got their yards tangled, and a few ropes broke and some sailors were injured. But it wasn’t a big issue and the program continued.
During our journey to the river of Antwerp we got a tour of the ship from the Chief Mate Bengt.
All the ships went to the river for a parade through the center of Antwerp.
Day 2 (Wednesday, July 14)
We woke up early and had breakfast, then we were waiting for the race to start. The wind was not favorable, and the race was delayed for a few hours. All the ships were waiting around the starting line.
Around 19:00 the Captain gave the order to raise all sails and the race was on!
We went to sleep under the smooth movement of the ship going from side to side.
Around 22:45 the alarm sounds! "All hands on deck!" We were in the middle of a squall (big storm) with rain, thunders and lightning. The Captain needed everybody on deck to lower some sails. After some time the waters were more calm and we went back to sleep. Later we found out that this storm hit Europe quite badly.
Day 3 (Thursday, July 15)
I woke up early for my 4-8 watch and enjoyed the sunrise.
There were big waves all day and the ship was moving from side to side. The sergeant was holding the plates so they don’t fall off. We were playing some group games on deck. I almost cut my leg off in the heavy door which was closing before I can pass through it.
Day 4 (Friday, July 16)
The ship was stuck in a strange position, on the port side all the time. It was funny to see everybody walk diagonally.
After dinner we were approaching the finish line, and the Captain announced it.
Just as he was saying it the wind changed direction, and all the ships that were behind us needed many hours to cross the finish line.
Day 5 (Saturday, July 17)
In the morning we were scrubbing the deck to clean the ship. We were using the motor to go through Skagerrak Strait to Halmstad (Sweden).
Many people had birthdays on the ship and the cooks made cakes for them and we sang "Happy Birthday" to them.
I got to steer the ship as part of my watch duties.
Day 6 (Sunday, July 18)
In the morning we watched the movie "Around Cape Horn under sail", then I went to do my horizon watching duties. We were polishing the metal parts of the ship to make it look nice for entering Halmstad.
In the afternoon we arrived in Halmstad (Sweden) where we were welcomed with open arms by city representatives. The other 2 big Norwegian sailing ships in the race were also there, Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Sørlandet.
We went for a walk downtown Halmstad and the first stop was a pub where we had some beers. Other sailors joined us, and also from the other 2 Norwegian ships.
We got back to the ship then all the 3 crews moved to Statsraad Lehmkuhl for a BBQ. There was good food and entertainment provided by the watches. There was also a drinking competition with orange juice.
I left the party quite early as I was tired. Many of the others partied until late and even went to the town for more partying.
Day 7 (Monday, July 19)
Woke up in Halmstad and went for an amusement park provided by the town free of charge to the sailors. Then we took a free bus to Tylösand beach and walked back to the ship on Prins Bertils pathway by the coast.
On the way the guys went for a swim. We stopped at a kiosk in Grötvik where we were discussing in Scandinavian with a Swedish bartender for a long time.
Near the ship we met Pia and Hans and got one last beer before going on the ship.
At 18:00 we left harbour while trying to hit Statsraad Lehmkuhl with water balloons, but we were out of range.
After a few hours on the sea we arrived in Aalborg, and fired the cannon just as we entered the harbour.
The captain addressed everybody in an emotional speech and handed out diplomas to the trainees.
We got back to the ship around midnight.
Day 9 (Wednesday, July 21)
In the morning we went to see the movie Windjammer (1958) which is about our ship Christian Radich. It was very emotional to see this movie, which was presented by David Strohmaier and his wife, who found it and restored it. It was nice to see it together with other people from Christian Radich.
In the afternoon we went to have lunch and to the Maritime Museum where we spent a few hours.
We got back to the ship and went out for dinner, at a restaurant where the waitress was Norwegian. We got back to the ship around 23:00 and went to sleep for the last night on board.
Day 10 (Thursday, July 22)
I woke up and had a breakfast, then I called a taxi and left to the train station. I took a train to Hørring, then changed to another train to Hirtshals.
In Hirtshals I had a few hours before the ferry left, so I went for a walk on the beach.
I took the ferry to Larvik, which was actually a 4-hours feast of an all-you-can-eat buffet with lots of different food. In Larvik I took a bus to Oslo, where I arrived around 19:30.
Day 1 (Saturday, July 18)
Woke up in Oslo at Petru’s place, after a night-out in the city and only 3 hours to sleep.
I walked to the train station, where I met with the sailors with whom I will travel on the ship Mathilde.
We took the train to Dombås, where I was playing cards with Sandra and Jenny, and sitting in the restaurant car alone while the others were sleeping.
In Dombås we changed the train to Åndalsnes, seeing great scenery on the way.
In Åndalsnes we took the bus to Ålesund, where we will stay at Volsdalen Camping.
We set up 3 tents (lavvo) and played some icebreaker games to learn our names.
Later we prepared a BBQ with fish, rice and pølse. While waiting for the food we tied a line between 2 trees and tried to walk on it, with me not being able to stand up on it.
Hakan came to visit me as he just lives in the area in a small town (or village as he calls it).
Later we played volleyball, and card games after I twisted my ankle a bit. It began raining after the rainbow appeared on the sky, and we retreated to our tents.
The population of my tent was bigger than in the beginning, with Edoardo, Sandra, Jenny, Marie, Maxi and Katrin. Plus the food.
It was raining a lot and there was lots of noise from the rain drops falling on the tent.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 19)
Waking up early we prepared breakfast, with me adding instant coffee to the porridge because I didn’t have a cup to drink coffee. Everybody was laughing about it. Later I borrowed a cup from Luba so I can drink coffee like normal people.
We left with the bus to Vigra island, where it was cloudy and cold.
We returned to our camping place when it began raining, having to run to the bus stop as we were waiting in the wrong place. We had dinner outside in the rain.
I woke up in the night all wet because it was raining so much that the water came in the tent, through the matress and the sleeping bag, and my t-shirt was all wet.
Day 3 (Monday, July 20)
Woke up wet and stayed in the camping kitchen to try to dry my clothes.
We packed the tents and left Volsdalen Camping, taking a bus to Ålesund. It was raining non-stop.
In Ålesund we went straight to our ship Mathilde. I borrowed from Michael the first mate an orange costume used by fishermen, to protect myself against the rain.
The ship left the harbour, and we were off to Runde. We got introduced to the crew, and Michael assigned numbers to us and distributed us to different watches (steering, outlook, navigation, "be nice" watch).
We arrived in Runde in the afternoon, and we went for a walk around the island, stopping at Runde Kafe for a long time, to warm up with some coffee and cake.
When we got back to the ship we had to tie hammocks to the ceiling using the knots we learned.
Then we went to sleep as all the lights were turned off on the ship.
Day 4 (Tuesday, July 21)
Woke up early on the ship, but nobody was up until 07:30.
Then we left Runde and did a bit of sailing.
We arrived in Kvamsøya in the evening, where we went on a nice hike to the top. We took some group pictures there then came back to the ship. I was walking slowly because I sprang my ankle again and was afraid to walk faster.
We had to go to sleep very early as the plan was to wake up at 04:30 to pass the Stadhavet waters.
Day 5 (Wednesday, July 22)
Woke up at 04:30. To my surprise almost everybody was awake and on deck.
We passed through the rough waters of Stadhavet quite easily, but felt the big waves and the motion of the ship. Fortunately nobody was sick.
After Stadhavet some people went to sleep, while others continued to enjoy the view.
After the tour we returned to Selje where we used the shower facilities, then enjoyed the sun on deck, even having lunch there. We changed to summer attire as it was very hot, and we did some suntanning on the ship.
We arrived in Rugsund in the evening, where I spent some time playing Fluxx and Munchkin, while Sandra was reading bedtime stories to Jenny and Anders. Other people were at a pub where they went with the rowing boat.
I slept on the bench as the others complained I was snoring too much in the hammock. This apparently didn’t help as I was to find out next day.
Day 6 (Thursday, July 23)
We left Rugsund early and set course to south, going in a zig-zag through the fjords and islands.
I got to try steering the ship with the rope-rudder, trying to hold the course through islands and keeping right when there was another ship coming.
We had some lessons about the names of sails and ropes, which were hard to get because they were in Norwegian.
We passed Florø on the way and were sailing in Brufjorden south of Florø. We got to raise the big sail and changed the sailing direction a few times, going against the wind. With all these activities we had time to make a group picture on deck.
In the evening we arrived at Svanøyna, where we dropped the achor (which had a rusty chain and was not used in many years).
I left with Vidar, Julie, Maxi and Katrin with the rowing boat on a tour around Svanøyna.
After we came back we played cards on deck, and learned how to braid bracelets.
We went to sleep close to midnight, in the middle of the small golf, with no waves. The ship was rotating by itself, but very slow.
Day 7 (Friday, July 24)
I woke up early. This time there were other people from the crew on deck, and I had coffee and cake with them.
After breakfast on deck we relaxed for a bit, while some people tried to climb the mast using only the ropes.
We left the golf and did some more sailing in Brufjorden, stopping on the way for lunch. It was the last meal on the ship. Me, Jenny and Maxi prepared the tables, and I had lots of problems understanding Gunvor’s accent, and many times I had to get some words translated.
After the lunch we arrived in Florø, where we had only one hour for sightseeing.
Then we took the express boat to Bergen. On the boat I slept a few minutes, then enjoyed the view on deck, and afterwards we played cards on the floor, with me winning almost everytime at President. That is until we restarted, and then I began to lose a few times.
We took the night train to Oslo. There was a dog in our compartment and we were complaining that we cannot sleep with him there, but there was nothing we could do. I slept with the eye cover over my nose, having a beer first in the restaurant wagon.
Day 8 (Saturday, July 25)
Woke up in the train to Oslo around 05:00 and went to the restaurant wagon to have a coffee.
We arrived in Oslo around 06:15. Everybody was sleepy, and we said good-bye and went our own way. Me, Jenny, Sandra and Ingrid stayed in the train station waiting for our trains. I took the bus to Drammen with Jenny and Sandra, and then the train to Larvik, finally getting the bus to Skien from there.
I arrived home around 11:00 and went to sleep for many hours.
Day 0 (Friday, July 27)
Left from Skien around 12:30, and took the flight from Torp to Glasgow. In Glasgow I walked to the other train station and took the train to Perth.
In Perth I had a small dinner (fried goat cheese and sunblush salad) at a hotel restaurant, then took the train to Inverness.
In Inverness I arrived around 23:30 and went to my hostel. There were some people already sleeping in the room. I wanted to go out to have a beer, but a bouncer said I look tired so I went back to the hostel. My room had the most complicated shower system I have ever seen – knobs and buttons and temperature indicators. But with only one flaw – it didn’t work.
Around 01:30 my other room mates came to the room totally drunk and woke everybody up with singing and shouting. Finally they settled and went to sleep.
Day 1 (Saturday, July 28)
I woke up in the Highland Hostel in Inverness in the sound of seagulls and snoring. I realized that the complicated shower system actually worked.
I went out of the hostel and into Inverness. The town was lively on this Saturday morning. First I went to buy some souvenirs in a shop. I was chatting a bit with the lovely girl at the counter, and I bought a postcard and some small statuettes (Nessie and a Highlander with Pipes).
Then I went to the tourist information to find where is my ship. They directed me to the marina which was on the other side of the town. But Dyrafjeld was not there. I was looking around at the reception and asking the other Norwegian ships which I saw. I found out that Dyrafjeld had engine troubles and it was in the harbour.
At the marina there was the ETS Norwegian brass band waiting for the Arctic convoy (Scandinavian ships) to pass through the Work Locks. The Norwegian ship Anna Rogde was part of the convoy. Even if it was raining I was there taking pictures.
The driver of the Norwegian band was kind enough to drive me to the harbour. There I met with the Dyrafjeld crew. Later some more students arrived, and we were 14 in total (me, Carl, Thomas, Ingrid, Katinka, Torbjørn, Jon (captain), Jan, Ærling, Per, Ivar, Alex (cook), Ole, Simen), plus Kai who was with us for a few days only. Ærling was trying on his kilt.
In the evening me and the 5 students (Carl, Thomas, Ingrid, Katinka, Torbjørn) went to have some beers and dinner in town. I had fish and chips and Irn Bru (some kind of Fanta). After the dinner we went back to the ship and met with the crew who was going out.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 29)
It was Sunday. We went to the tourist information in Inverness to find out how to get to Fort George. We saw some Dutch people selling pancakes, and Torbjørn bought a plate of pancakes with whisky, which were quite good. Then we we took the bus to Fort George.
Fort George is still used as a military base. We had a picnic in the garden and visited the expositions, which were mainly about Cameron Highlanders.
Just when it began to rain we caught our bus and went back to Inverness. Then back to the ship.
Katinka was just learning and every ball that she hit was flying over the table. Then we got back to the ship.
Day 3 (Monday, June 30)
We got some courses in knots and navigation, then we tried the suits used against freezing temperatures. They feel like astronauts suits I think.
In the afternoon we went on a hike to Craig Dunain, near Inveness.
Day 4 (Tuesday, July 1)
They finally repaired the motor on Dyrafjeld, so we leave the next morning. I was mainly on the ship, and in the evening we watch "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" on a projector in the ship’s mess hall.
Day 5 (Wednesday, July 2)
Finally we are moving! We left Inverness in the morning and were breezing through the locks. At one lock I was speaking with the girl operator and realized that she is not Scottish but English, by how easy it was to understand her.
Then we entered Loch Ness. The captain let me to steer the ship for a while and it felt great to do that again.
In the evening we arrived at Fort Augustus where we spent the night.
Though it was raining we went for a sightseeing tour, where we saw mostly rabbits.
We came back for dinner, then went out to pubs. The crew went to The Botchy while we were stuck with Lock Inn. But we didn’t like the smell so we went back to the ship. I put my swimming suit on and went for a dip in Loch Ness (but only up to the ankles).
The others, being Norwegian, went for a swim in Loch Ness by jumping from the ship.
Day 6 (Thursday, July 3)
We left Fort Augustus in the morning. There were some locks right in the middle of the town, and everybody was looking at our ship and taking pictures and asking who we are and where are we going.
Me, Carl and Thomas were on the shore most of the time, dragging the ropes from lock to lock ("like slaves" as Jan was saying :). It was cool to try to catch a rope thrown from the ship.
We went through Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. The weather was changing, sunny and rainy. When it was sunny I realized that I did not buy the sun screen in vain.
We arrived in the evening at Banavie where we spent the night.
Close by there is Great Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Day 7 (Friday, July 4)
We went in the morning through 8 locks down to Fort William. We needed to refill the ship with water, so we docked next to another ship, the Ocean Bounty. Then we waited in the sea locks at Fort William for the fuel truck. While waiting we were playing cards and going out to buy icecream.
Around 17:30 the sea locks opened into Loch Linnhe. It was almost the Irish Sea.
The dinner was greek-style, with lamb chops, tzatziki sauce and pita bread, plus a nice dessert.
From now on it should have been 48 hours to Dublin, with 4 hour shifts (sleep 4 hours, work 4 hours). It was so nice outside that I went to sleep only after taking tons of pictures. I was supposed to wake up at 00:00.
Day 8 (Saturday, July 5)
I woke up at midnight for my shift. It was not totally dark as I thought. I stayed in front of the ship for one hour to look if any ships are coming, but it was very hard to see anything.
I was sick when I began my fire watch. The ship was moving more now as we entered the open sea. All the lamb chop went down out of my stomach. There were other people sick on the ship (later I found out half the crew was sick).
I stayed on the steering wheel for one hour, but I was sick during that also. Then ship-watching for another hour until 04:00, when I went to sleep.
I woke up at 08:00 for my next shift. The ship was moving up and down, and the front sail was up. From time to time I was receiving a splash of sea water.
After the first hour I felt sick and went to bed. Per came in my cabin and told me I should not leave the deck without telling him, otherwise they might think I felt overboard. I asked for permission to rest and I was sleeping from now on, waking up from time to time to puke (although my stomach was empty and nothing else could come out).
During my waking hours I saw Alex gathering water from the kitchen with a ladle.
Around 18:00 Katinka woke me up and told me we reached land. The weather was so bad that the captain decided to turn to Bangor Bay instead, near Belfast. It was good to have stable ground again.
We went a bit into Bangor Bay, then returned to the ship to pack our bags. The plan was to take a train early in the morning to Dublin. The ship will continue to Brest from Monday on if the weather will permit.
During dinner the captain praised the crew for keeping cool during the open sea travel, and for not arguing that we missed parts of our trip because of the engine.
I went to sleep early while the others went to a pub in the town.
Day 9 (Sunday, July 6)
Woke up around 07:30. Me, Ingrid, Katinka and Torbjørn said goodbye to the others, then left with the train from Bangor Bay to Belfast, from where we took the train to Dublin. Thomas was taking the same trains but later that day.
On the train we were playing cards.
In Dublin we found the bus station, and I said goodbye to the others who were staying one more day in Dublin. I could have stayed also because I had another plane ticket for Monday, but decided to return home to relax.
At Dublin airport I met Nina who was coming back from a vacation in Dublin with Kurt and 4 other friends. They were nice to give me a ride to Skien, even if it was out of their way.
Day 0 (Tuesday, July 10)
The start of the journey. All 15 pirates gather in Bergen on board the sailing ship Dyrafjeld. Captain Lars welcomes everyone and explains what we will do.
At night we slept on the ship.
Day 1 (Wednesday, July 11)
Met the ship crew (Jon the skipper, Kai the steward, Arling the best man, Ole and Sten the matelots).
Left Bergen and we are heading into the fjords. We had fire drills and knot tying lessons.
It is amazing to be on the sea in a sail ship.
At night we slept on the ship in a small port on Lysøen Island, where the violonist Ole Bull built this villa with a Russian-like tower.
Day 2 (Thursday, July 12)
Left from Lysøen Island and heading to Sundal.
The wind was in our favour so the skipper decided to raise the sails.
A pirate flag was also raised. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to slip into my pirate outfit (bandana, eye-patch, gold earing), which I bought in Oslo in a children shop.
At night we slept on the ship in Sundal.
Day 3 (Friday, July 13)
Very nice weather to have a hike to see the Sundal glacier (Bondhusbrea, Bondhusbreen).
After the hike we left Sundal to go to Norheimsund, a place where ships are built and restored.
We played beach volleyball in Norheimsund and slept on the ship.
Day 4 (Saturday, July 14)
We had a tour of Norheimsund ship museum in the morning, and we learned how ships are built and how ropes are made.
We left Norheimsund to go to Rosendal, where we will spend the night and the following day.
We slept in a sawmill and baked pinnebrød (some kind of bread dough) on a stick, in a Sami-like tent (lavvu).
Day 5 (Sunday, July 15)
Still in Rosendal. We had 2 expeditions, one to the Barony ("the smallest castle in Norway") and one to the waterfall.
Went back to the ship in the evening and slept on the ship in Rosendal port.
Day 6 (Monday, July 16)
We left Rosendal and went straight to Bergen. The trip was only 7 hours.
This is the team of pirates, and the ship Dyrafjeld in the background. In the far background is the fortress in Bergen. The pirates are (from left to right): Simon, Sarita, Frederik, Trom, Miriam, Lars, Hilde, Anna, Thomas, Flora, Carl, Maria, Alexandru, Geir Anders, Audun.
We went on a hike to Fløybannen in the rain.
We slept on the ship in the Bergen harbour.
Day 7 (Tuesday, July 17)
We had a tour of the Bergen center and then we cleaned the ship.
Time to leave. Me and Flora took another train than the other pirates. Everybody recommends to take the train from Oslo to Bergen during the day, and now I understand why.
Slept in Oslo at Flora’s place and went the next day to Skien, straight to work.
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