It has been somewhat silent on the Barba blog lately. Following 112 days out at sea we were all rather pleased to return to normal life following a couple of weeks of acclimatization. The Barba spirit remains intact, and we have been working behind the scenes with the aftermath from our greatest expedition to date. 50 000 photos or so have been sorted, with some being sent to magazines, sponsors whereas other have been hand picked for storytelling purposes in […]
One autumn day this past September, I sailed Barba from her home port in Stavanger into the 50KM-long Lysefjord, about three hours away – my nearest playground for backyard extreme adventures in Norway. The fjord is a spectacular place that I visit on a regular basis and is home to two of the top ten tourist attractions in Norway, the Kjerag Bolt and Preikestolen. My heart raced as I saw the 1,000 meter cliffs of Kjerag come into view, knowing our plan was […]
One autumn day this past September, Barba and I sailed out from Stavanger on a Friday evening with our most international crew to date. We were joined by US freelance travel journalist Terry Ward, German adventurer and photographer Daniel Hug and, to my relief, former professional Welsh sailor, Nicholas Fraser. It was time to play in Barba’s backyard. We left Stavanger to head out to the Kvitsøy archipelago, navigating in the darkness through the narrow sounds and arriving into port late […]
Barba and the crew returned safely to Stavanger on Easter Sunday. The trip had been a passionate reunion with mother nature for Barba, following a dormant winter with inshore sailing. The “expedition light” we were due for started off with choppy seas and a diesel spill. As one describingly said it afterwords “I was afraid not to wake up again”, referring to diesel fumes that at some point was a bit over the usual comfort level. Equipment failure is an inevitable part […]
Barba is getting ready for the long way home to Stavanger. It´s been two great weeks here, and we are already looking forward to going back in not too long. Estimated arrival in Stavanger on Sunday.
The weather at G! Festival was perfect for attending the festival, and for a flying with the birds. What better to do then to combine the two 🙂
After two days in Torshavn with rest and recovery, diving and a good night out we finally head out to explore the Faroes. We will be circumnavigating clockwise around the archipelago, starting by the island Hestur, followed by Mykines then heading north to Klaksvik. In a weeks time we will anchor outside G-festival and paddle ashore for the concerts. To much fun to attend, and not enough time to write on the blog unfortunately. Thomas B. Johannessen joined us yesterday, so […]
After far too long sailing the inshore, Barba is finally ready to hit the open ocean. We will be sailing for three weeks, with Stavanger-Shetland-Faroe Islands-Norway the intended route. As always, Barba is loaded with diving gear, food, paragliders and good people.
Barba steamed through the calm waters of early in the morning Sunday, after what felt like a short 36 hours crossing from Shetland. It was a proud crew and captain that set foot on Norwegian mainland. In three weeks we sailed 2000 nautical miles (3700 km) reaching an island in the arctics visited by an average of five sailboats a year.
The sail from the arctic Paradise Island, Jan Mayen, went quite well. We said farewell with diving and fishing a cod for dinner, before heading south. It started with strong winds, up to 40 knots, and ended in calm and comfortable sailing towards our destination. After four and half days we reached Shetland. Here we have started to re-adapt to civilisation, visiting our favourite Indian restaurant, as well a strolling around in the beautiful Lerwick. Now we head out to […]