Hello Grateful Red Sailors

Had a flight to Norway in March moved to April now moved to May 26th.  Hopefully the Covid “pandemic” is behind us – both Kristine and I have had our two vaccination shots (Moderna).  Currently Norway is not allowing fully vaccinated visitors entry to their country – preparing for the change!

The Grateful Red is on the hard in Aalesund, Norway.  Only a one-day sail from Geiringer Fjord – https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/the-geirangerfjord/.  I went Geiringer Fjord a couple decades ago – would be an unbelievable Grateful Red sail.  Covid willing, Kristine and I plan to return to the boat in early June to sail the west coast of Norway – Geiringer, Orsta, Bergen – maybe the Lofoten Islands – https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/northern-norway/the-lofoten-islands/  If you are thinking of sailing Norway Fjords – June/early July is the time.

In July will be sailing to Inverness and the Caledonia Canal.  The canal includes home of the Loch Ness Monster – https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/canals/caledonian-canal/ Hope to catch some of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in early August – https://www.edinburghfestivalcity.com/festivals/edinburgh-festival-fringe.  Grandson DK’s birthday is August 20th – August 16 to 30 Kristine and I plan to be stateside. 

Will return to the boat first week of September and sail across the English Channel to Amsterdam.  The tentative plan is to have a Grateful Red party headlined by Moonhouse September 16, 17, 18 and 19 at Amsterdam City Marina http://www.citymarina.nl/ – where we stayed for the Covid lockdown 2020.

Hoping to see you on the water — Ken

Week #Location Arrive DateDepart DateMilesActivity
Aalesund Marina5/276/5Splash
1Aalesund-Geiringer-Molde6/56/13250Geiringer Fjord- https://www.fjordnorway.com/top-attractions/geirangerfjord
2Molde-Trodheim-Mosjoen6/126/20280Torghatten Mountain
https://www.kystriksveien.no/places/bronnoysund/torghatten/?lang=en
3Mosjoen-Boda-Lofoten Islands6/196/27170https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/13-photos-that-will-make-you-want-to-visit-norways-lofoten-islands
4Lofoten Islands-Trondheim6/277/4300Longest day - sun will never set, above the artic circle but on the Gulfstream resulting in pleasant weather
5Trondheim-Kristiansund-Alesund7/37/11150Could again visit Geiringer Fjord
6Alesund-Lerwick Shetland Islands7/107/18300Will include an overnight but never dark
7Sheland Islands-Inverness7/177/25225Coast of Scotland
8Caledonian Canal7/247/317538 miles each way
https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/canals/caledonian-canal/
9Iverness-Edinburgh7/308/6125https://www.edinburghfestivalcity.com/festivals/edinburgh-festival-fringe
10Flight home from Schipol8/168/30Close boat down for a couple weeks - Ken and Kristine at Lake Kegonsa
11Edinburgh-Amsterdm8/309/5400Will include an overnight across the English channel
12Amsterdam City Marina9/4http://www.citymarina.nl/
The Grateful Red home port during Covid Lockdown 2020
Yearend Moonhouse PartySeptember 16, 17, 18 & 19th at
http://www.citymarina.nl/
2,150Ave 200 miles/wk