The blog also serves the purpose of recruiting aspiring adventurers to join us. The only prerequisite is that you can identify yourself with Barba values in the about section. Knowing how to sail is not a prerequisite. As with any trip, the highlight is always the interactions of the crew. Whales, icebergs and fear of demise ranges second.
A list of friends of Barba, who has contributed to the adventures at sea.
Andreas B. Heide – owner & captain
The proud owner and captain of Barba. With the sea and adventure as a passion a sailing boat serves as the ultimate tool of exploring it. Andreas grew up next to the ocean in Stavanger and has been addicted to it ever since. The expeditions and sailing benefits from his background in the Norwegian Navy with diving, parachuting and maritime operations as key ingredients. He is amongst others educated as a marine biologist.
David González Buendía – Photographer
David came onboard Barba in Tromsø in November 2016, and rapidly made a huge impact as an exceptionally skilled photographer with the Arctic as his area of expertise. He is also a safe bet when it comes to maintaining morale onboard at all times. Originally from Spain, he has been based in Tromsø since 2014. Amongst others he contributed with the whale drone footage, and northern lights videography, which has helped put Barba on the map as never before. www.buendiaphotography.com
Kari Schibevaag, pro kitesurfer and adventurer from Stavanger, Norway. She has dominated the sport of ski and kite surfing for a decade as a world champion in both branches. Her first appearance on Barba was during the whale expedition to Northern-Norway the winter 2016. She meets any given scenario with a smile, be it early in the morning or after thinking her days were counted swimming with whales. We expect Kari to be a returning Barba sailor for years to come.
Matthew Ferraro – Underwater Cinematographer
Matt came aboard in December of 2016 for one week and has now returned to complete the project and shooting of the documentary “Barba and the Orcas”. Having worked for the Cousteau family for over 15 years, he is no stranger to sharing an environment with large marine mammals. Matt plays a crucial role in the success and distribution of the project in an effort to reach as many people as possible on the amazing orcas and the threats they face in the wild. www.mfcine.com
Jessica Cope – Former Whale Trainer & Marine Biologist
All the way from the state of Florida, Jess is experiencing many firsts on board Barba. Not only is this her first trip across the pond, but she has never seen whales in the wild. After working closely with an Orca as a marine mammal trainer for over 5 years, she is now contributing her behavioral expertise to the Barba team as well as her enthusiasm for ocean conservation. After a career as a trainer, swimming with an Orca in its natural environment will be an emotional and life altering moment. Jess has an adventurous soul with a girly twist and brings positive energy and a giddy attitude to the Barba boat. Follow her on Instagram.
CREW ON PREVIOUS TRIPS
Daniel first visited Norway during a sailing trip in late 2012. Since then, he’s fallen in love with the idea of combining sailing expeditions with his other passions such as paragliding and climbing. German by birth, Daniel works as a geographer in the Austrian Alps and is a passionate photographer and videographer, skills he will be making the most of during the summer 2015 expedition.
Glenn Kvernmo, is a true success story for Barba. He had never before set foot on an sailboat when he joined us sailing from Portsmouth to Bergen in the spring of 2009. He has since been a key figure on numerous trips, including Greenland in 2010. With a Glenn onboard you are certain never to have a dull moment, and even the most trivial task can result in unexpected and unbelievable results. Truly a man for the great occasions.
Hanne Bowitz – was second in charge on Barba for the Jan Mayen expedition. As an exception to the average crew member onboard, Hanne has sailed since early infancy. Her favorite past time at sea is looking after the captain and crew as well as keeping moral high. Barba was very pleased to have her onboard for the Jan Mayen expediton in 2012.
Henrik Wold Nilsen had never been on a sailing boat until he was lured onboard for sailing from Iceland to Norway in 2010. He has since been a devoted crew member on several trips. Henrik is a particle physist, currently working with finance in Oslo. Henrik was responsible for the land part of the Jan Mayen expedition, succesfully leading the crew to the summit of Beerenberg.
Håvard Sørbø made his first crossing crewing on the Easter sail with the newly acquired Barba from Portsmouth UK to Norway in 2012. With advanced skills in electronics and unbreakable spirit he greatly contributed to getting her home in the most strenuous sail to date. Håvard is always seen with a smile no matter the gravity of the situation, and also enjoys diving as one of many passions out of Bergen where he currently resides.
Ivan Kutasov – adventurer & explorer
Russian sailor Ivan was recruited for the Svalbard expedition after a serendipitous connection via Instagram, where we spotted his incredible Arctic sailing photos. He’s an experienced Arctic sailor, with two sailing expeditions to Novaya Zemlya to his name, and has also completed expeditions on foot in the Russian Arctic. When not traveling, Ivan studies programming at the university in Prague.
Jon Grantangen – outdoorsman & explorer
Jon had never been to sea, nor sailed before when he joined Barba for the Jan Mayen expedition. After a few days strenuous days at sea, he proved himself as a valuable crew-member, steadily steering Barba to the north. Jon is former soldier, and in addition to adventures in the south he has walked the entire length of Norway. He currently studies to be an engineer in Hamar, Norway.
Ketil Christensen was a major contributor to the creation of Barba and her subsequent adventures. It all started back in 2010 when Ketil and Andreas bought the sailboat Memento Mori, in Portsmouth UK. She was sailed home and nourished back to life by the two proud owners. Together they sailed thousands of miles, with the Greenland expedition of 2010 as the furthermost destination. Ketil has sailed since childhood, and remains a passionate adventurer who we look forward to seeing again on future adventures.
Martin Svangtun – The latest addition to the crew wall of fame. Until now only accustomed to weekend adventures with Barba but is an incoming crew member during the great Easter Expedition of 2014. Martin is born and raised by the sea and fjords outside Stavanger, he loves the sea and is a new sailor in training. He brings onboard an attitude to explore and is dedicated to documenting all valuable moments on video!
Nikolai Munch Frisak is a direct descendent from the famous norwegian painter bearing the same name. He first joined us as an apprentice to Greenland in 2010 at the age of 18. Now a grown up adventurer, he is a devoted Barba crewmembers, with valuable skills ranging from doing his magic in the galley, fulfilling the role as boat DJ, and most importantly looking after Barba and fellow crew members.
Terry Ward joined Barba for her first ocean crossing on the trip to the Faroe Islands during the summer of 2013. She is a travel writer by profession and a Florida girl, accustomed to tropical climes. Equipped with a few extra layers, diving gear and an adventurous spirit she quickly adapted to life at sea. She’s made great contributions to the Barba experience, and we look forward to seeing more of her in the years to come.
Thomas B. Johannessen first joined Barba in the Faroe Islands, for two weeks of adventure and his first ocean crossing home to his hometown Stavanger, Norway. Thomas is a devoted outdoorsman who has just recently taken up sailing. We are happy to have him onboard, and look forward to seeing more of this gentleman in Stavanger and on the high seas.
Tony Wu is a famed professional underwater photographer who has dedicated his life to documenting whales and other marine life. He has received numerous international awards and recognitions, including first prize in the Underwater category of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. He had his Barba inaguration during the 4 week winter expedition to document Orcas in Northern Norway in January 2016. First and foremost he is a nature enthusiast and a great contributor to a fabulous whale adventure.
Rasmus Tornqvist – The patriarch of the Barba family Rasmus has made a tremendous contribution to the Orca expedition of 2016 both with preparing the boat, and crewing for the sail up the Norwegian coast winter time. A sailor since youth, he is educated as a boat builder and engineer, and races his own boat Bjørksi doublehanded on a regular basis in the North-Sea. We have had a lot to learn from this old but youthful sea dog, and look forward to doing so in the future as well.