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Sailing the world aboard Blue Heeler


The distance from Scalloway on Shetland’s west coast to Kirkwall on Orkney’s Mainland Island is almost 90nm. Our plan was to sail overnight and arrive at Kirkwall the following morning. Although we would have liked to have stopped a night … Continue reading

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Da wind flans in frae Fitful HeadWast ower fae blatterin seas, Bit never da lang, lang lippen’d sail Whaar lycht an lippnin dees. – From the poem “Flans Frae Da Haaf”
by Laurence Graham The Scottish archipelago, the Shetland Isles, are … Continue reading

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North Sea: Passage to Shetland Isles

Behold The Hour, The Boat Arrive– Robert Burns, 1791 Behold the hour, the boat arrive;Thou goest, the darling of my heart;Sever’d from thee, can I survive,But Fate has will’d and we must part.I’ll often greet the surging swell,Yon distant Isle … Continue reading

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Norway: Bergen

Blue Heeler took almost two months travelling the 900nm or so distance from Flensburg to Bergen. Along the way we’ve visited picturesque anchorages, fishing villages and high walking trails with incredible panoramas. Bergen is our final destination in Norway before … Continue reading

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Norway: Fuel, fjords and Finding Nemo

Northerly headwinds or lack of wind hindered our progress for a week or so. We had no choice but to motorsail from Egersund and around the top of Stavanger along the southwest coast of Norway. Travelling on the Saturday of … Continue reading

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