Traveling the World

An unquenchable thirst for adventure!
An illegal stop in Fiji

An illegal stop in Fiji

When we sailed away from Tonga the plan was to sail straight to Tanna in Vanuatu. That did not happen, because the winds abandoned us 20 nm away from the Lau islands (part of Fiji) a full 700 nm away from Vanuatu. Being a bit unorthodox, I decided to put in a highly...

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Hanging in Tonga

Hanging in Tonga

The trip from Niue to Tonga was a fast one. Our stay on Tonga was almost faster. It basically boiled down to hanging out in Vava'u for a couple of days, before we did a couple of cave dives and then sailed on for Vanuatu. The reason for this sudden increased pace is...

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Adventures on Niue

Adventures on Niue

Whales, Speight's, road-tripping, cave-diving, snorkeling, curry and nightclubbing sums up our sensational 2 1/2 days stay on Niue. Talk about a whirlwind tour of the island. We got a premonition that the stop would be mayhem based on me having an awesome Angel of...

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A relaxing stay on Palmerston

A relaxing stay on Palmerston

If you haven't been to Palmerston, don't plan on flying here. The nearest airport is 2 days away on a fast moving motor boat. The normal way to get here is on a supply ship that shows up every 3 - 6 months, the only other contact with the outside World is with...

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Partying on Bora Bora

Partying on Bora Bora

Bora Bora has been amazing. It is a picture perfect island and I understand why many people go here for their honeymoon. When we arrived we found a small bay on To'opua right next to the Hilton Bora Bora Nui hotel, so we had good neighbors. Chad and Bret's birthdays...

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Seeing the sights on Moorea

Seeing the sights on Moorea

I was very happy to make the short sail to Moorea, because I had heard so many good reports about it. I can honestly say that it delivered in full. What was nice was that Don and Devin on Liquid Courage, as well as Lee on Jargo also made the trip across, so we had...

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Tearing it up in Tahiti

Tearing it up in Tahiti

After what seemed like way too short a time in the Tuamotos, we sailed to Tahiti. We went there to celebrate Jacob's 30th birthday and to do a crew change. When I say Tahiti most people think of honeymoons. When I think of Tahiti, I think of one long party with great...

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Amazing Tuamotos

Amazing Tuamotos

If you close your eyes and try to picture what paradise would look like, chances are you’ll be imagining Tuamotos. Small islands and atolls covered in sandy beaches and palm trees, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs filled with fish. It is also very easy to have close...

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Sailing the Marquesas

Sailing the Marquesas

When I say that I'm in the Marquesas, most people have no clue where it is. I actually think that very few people would be able to find these islands on a map unless they knew precisely where to look. When I say they are in the South Pacific, part of French Polynesia,...

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Crossing the Pacific

Crossing the Pacific

When we crossed the Pacific, the longest sail we did was from Galapagos to the Marquesas in French Polynesia. It took us 20 days and 18 hours from when we lifted anchor in San Cristobal to when it was firmly set again 2984 nautical miles later in Angels...

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On our way

We have just sailed from Galapagos and are on our way to French Polynesia.You can keep track of our progress by pressing THIS LINK ... or THIS ONE.On the first one I'll try to write every 3 days or so.Next stop French Polynesia!

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Amazing Galapagos

The word amazing actually does a poor job at explaining how unbelievable our stay on Galapagos has been. I sit here on anchor just off San Cristobal in Wreck Bay reflecting on the last week and a half and I can really say that I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here....

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Galapagos

A quick update from Galapagos, more will follow soon. This was just after first landfall on Galapagos. We have had an amazing time here so far and in the next couple of days I will write more about it and post more pictures. The next one is me chatting up a storm with...

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La Playita, Taboga and Las Perlas

I can't explain how good it felt to finally be in the Pacific. Our plan was to be on our way as soon as possible ... That plan kind of backfired, because we ended up spending over 2 weeks getting ready, provisioning and doing small jobs on the boat. La Playita isn't a...

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Through the Panama Canal

We were more than finished with Colon when the Canal Autority finally gave us the green light to go through the Canal. We were going together with a small flotilla of boats that they had delayed for a number of days. When I went to settle my bill at Shelter Bay Marina...

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Waiting in Colon

The Pacific team is finally united. They arrived on the boat a little after midnight and we proceeded straight into some beer sampling, so that we would know which beer to bring with us into the Pacific. We were in Shelter Bay Marina, about 30 minutes away from Colon...

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St. Lucia to Panama

When I last posted an update I was in  Mustique with my charter guests. We sailed from Mustique to Bequia and from there all the way to Soufriere on St. Lucia, had an overnight stop there, before we sailed up to Rodney Bay, where the charter ended. The charter...

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Grenada to Mustique

We arrived on Grenada after a 93 nautical mile motorsail against wind, waves and current. I attempted sailing at first, but when the current was so strong that I was only able to sail at a whopping 1.5 knots and in a very unfavorable direction, I said "forget it",...

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Sailing through Venezuela

The stay on Las Aves was sensational. It had everything a good anchorage should have: A deserted island with a beautiful beach, nice scenery, stunning sunsets and spectacular snorkling. We had made a deal with Ian and Westa, so the first evening we enjoyed a fantastic...

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Otto is back

The sun had just dipped under the horizon when Claudia released the mooring lines and I reversed one engine and put the other one forward, spinning us on the spot and turning our aft end to Bonaire. This was to be the big test to see how things would work. We have a...

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Progress

I enjoyed my last night alone onboard, before the next day started flat out. I had Claudia joining later in the day and had some things to take care of first, because the following day I would leave Curacao with a charter going to Bonaire and the plan was not to...

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Ups and downs

Today is the last day I am alone on board the boat, hopefully for a long time. I'll get back to why later. First I want to look at how my time on Curacao has gone since the last charter was over. When the family of 5 walked ashore, they gave me a few touching farewell...

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2nd Charter

The second charter has gone smoothly. After a great little stop on Klein Curacao, we hit Bonaire and ended up staying there for 5 days. My charter guests really enjoyed Bonaire. They rented a car for a couple of days and drove around getting properly familiar with the...

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Go West

The decision has been taken. I am not sailing back to Norway ... Not yet anyway ... I take that back. I am still sailing back to Norway, but instead of sailing home in an Easterly direction I'm doing it in a Westerly direction. I'm heading into the Pacific in other...

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Happy New Year

Part 1 (Written on the last day of 2009) The last day of the year is always a day of reflection for me. It is a day I look back and remember the good and the bad times, the people I liked and loved ... and the people I wished would have a well deserved accident....

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Christmas spirit is upon us … not really …

After a very relaxing day it was nice to head ashore to our evening reservation at the aptly named, "It rains fishes" restaurant. Though their spelling might be questionable, their food wasn't. My charter guests treated me to an unbelievable Christmas Dinner. I...

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Happy Heathen Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays This fine Christmas morning myself and the rest of the charter gang, jumped in to the water for a Christmas picture. Nothing beats a nice morning swim followed by eggs and bacon. Life is Grand.

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Starting the charter

I picked up my charter guests: Margrete, Harald, Torbjørn og Per Ove at West Punt, all the way north-west on Curacao in a small bay called Playa Forti. It was a good place to start the charter, because from there we would cover the entire southern coastline...

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Fixing engines and going to Curacao

After spending a day recuperating from the failed attempt to get to Curacao it was time to get back to work and fix the engines, so that I could get to Curacao and start my Christmas charter. Clifford, my clutch mechanic, came by and we were able to narrow down what...

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Back and Forth

When I last posted I was in high spirits, because the boat was ready and it was time for me to head to Curacao to start my Christmas charter. I spent Saturday finalizing all the things that needed finalizing, getting everything sorted and in order. When I cast off...

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Operational Again

African Innovation is fully operational again. But I get ahead of myself. I also realize that on the picture above I'm tied up to the dock, so while I'm not mobile per say, I have the potential to be mobile, or said in a different way: I could be mobile if I wanted to...

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Back on water

Yesterday I was very conflicted about being lifted back on water, because I only had one working engine, a windless that didn’t work properly and most importantly no place to tie up. Thankfully I had a chat with Ian and Westa (a very nice couple staying in the...

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A Brand New Day

Before Petar sent me the text message that he was going home I was busy deciding on what to do onboard the boat, because it is/was a bit of a mess here. Thank God I had just bought a new cooler and had restocked it like one should. The milk is for White Russians (The...

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Crew changes

It is probably with the same amount of surprise that you read this, that I write it: Petar has decided that the sailing life is not for him ... and this before we even hit the water with the boat. Yesterday he went into town to do some internetting and in the evening...

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Seeing Aruba through a paintbrush

We didn't have to worry about fading hang-overs, because a Saturday night on Aruba, no matter where you are, sucks ... We hit the most popular haunts and it felt like some sort of plague had struck. There simply wasn't anyone out. When we spoke to some locals the...

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