I’m Sick of the Cold – I WANT OUT!! (Tenerife Real Time Update – MJ Sailing)

It’s been fun sailing the Northern Latitudes, but now we want to warm up!!
Finding VERY cheap airfare from London to the Canary Islands, we say goodbye to boat life for a few weeks as we enjoy all the spoils the island of Tenerife has to offer.

Instead of flying back to Michigan, and snow, to see some family members, we bring them out to us for their first taste of Europe and life in the islands. While Matt’s mom and step-dad are joining us for a week in our one bedroom apartment, we take in some of the highlights of this desert like island – including its black sand beaches, colonial Spanish towns, and miles of stunning coastline.

We wanted to test out our new GoPro Hero8, and gave it a test on a few of our outings, solely using this camera to record our Real Time Update. A proper episode will follow sequentially where we hopefully hike the forests of the north, enjoy an authentic Guachinche meal, and *possibly* meet up with a few sailors headed our way.

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Much love from Tenerife,
Jessica & Matt

1,500 Year Old CRUISING GROUNDS! – The Scapa Flow in Orkney (MJ Sailing – Ep 136)

Have we just stumbled upon one of the world’s oldest cruising grounds? The Vikings liked to use it to ‘winter over’, more than 1,500 years ago!

Orkney Island has such a large Neolithic history, that with our second chance to visit this island, we want to explore as much of it as possible. Scooting around on our handy new bikes, we were able to see the Scapa Flow, one of the largest protected harbors in the world, and a favorite of Vikings in millenia past.

Further inland, we visited places like the Maeshowe Chamber Carin, and Ring of Brodgar, all built around 2,500 BC, as well as the Stones of Stenness. Which are believed to be the oldest stone henge in the British Isles.

Once we’r able to see all we can by land, we bring Elements over to a protected anchorage next to a long sandy beach, where the fall weather changes from storms to sun just long enough for us to bring Georgie out for an afternoon at the beach.

Much love from Scotland!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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DODGING Oil Rigs LEFT & RIGHT in the North Sea (MJ Sailing – Ep 135)

It’s time for the daunting task of crossing the North Sea!
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Crossing the North Sea is a trial with weather and seas alone, but when you throw dozens of oil platforms in your intended path, it adds one more level to keep you on your toes.

The time has come to say good-bye to Norway for the season. A break in the weather is giving us 48 hours to move on, and we need to take advantage of it … even if it we’ll have light winds before the next storm comes through.

Due to an over-stay on our visa, the UK is pretty much the only place we can head to. So we’re off for a 250 mile passage across the North Sea once more, and trying to stay clear of all the oil rigs offshore as we slide into the Orkney Islands just before hurricane Dorian passes over us.

Much love from Norway!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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CRUISING LIFE in Bergen’s City Center – Sailing Norway (MJ Sailing – Ep 134)

Do we spend time in a big city or find a secluded anchorage? We were about to skip Bergen altogether, but fate had other plans for us.

Between dodging squalls, we have one beautiful and sunny day as we cross into new territory on the coast of Norway. We’re prepared to wait out another strong blow in an anchorage just outside of Bergen..but find they don’t take kindly to people dropping the hook.

So, into the city center we go. Once the weather clears up again we tour the town and take the train up to the lookout for some spectacular views of the city and fjords.

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Much love from Norway,
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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We Have NO IDEA Where We’re Headed Next! – Sailing Norway (MJ Sailing – Ep 133)

The weather is quickly deteriorating, and we need to get out of Norway!! The question is, what are the winds going to do, and where will it allow us to go?

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Wow, it did not take long for the season to quickly change from summer into an early fall. As we work our way back down the coast of Norway we’re faced with constant rain, heavy winds, and beating into seas.

While catching some rest in the town of Kalvag, we go over our route planning to show the options of where we can go from here and what kind of weather we need to do it. But before that, we take a hike through some beautiful trails around the island, with great lookouts over the harbour and heather lined footpaths along the shore.

Much love from Norway!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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Cheers to Sailing NORWEGIAN FJORDS!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 132)

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After traveling up the lengthy Geirangerfjord, it’s time to check out the town and go on some waterfall hikes.

After arriving in Geiranger Norway, we travel through this quintessential town which has no shortage of mountains, waterfalls, sheep, goats, and amazing views.

With only 24 hours before we need to shove off again, we try and fit in as much as possible…but make the promise that we will definitely be back someday.

Much love from Norway!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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We’re Surrounded By Waterfalls, So, Life is Pretty Good (MJ Sailing – Ep 131)

Checking off another Norway bucket list item, we head up the Geiranger Fjord.

This week we bring you YET ANOTHER episode that I have been looking forward to for a long, long time.
As we make our way south along the coast of Norway, we pop into the Geiranger Fjord, which we rushed past on our way north. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it did not take long to see what all the hype was about.
Before we could even make it to the end of the fjord and the cute little town waiting for us, we must have seen hundreds of waterfalls along the way. If you were to make ONE trip to Norway, we’d recommend this as your stop.
Stay tuned to see why.
Much love,
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

From FOG to THUNDERSTORMS…What Is With This Weather??!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 130)

Making our way down the coast of Norway we run into a few less than ideal sailing conditions. One day we’re stuck in fog that gives us 75 ft of visibility, and the next day we run into a menacing thunderstorm as we approach our anchorage.

With all the small outer lying islands and rocks that run along the coastline of Norway, we’re constantly checking our radar and using multiple charts to make sure our boat stays exactly where it needs to be.

Much love from Norway!

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New Nighttime Vision with SiOnyx Aurora

 

This post is sponsored by SiOnyx, but all opinions are my own.

Filming is about to get a lot more interesting for us. Long gone are the days of the sun setting close to midnight as we spent the summer sailing the Arctic. Now, we find ourselves with just over 8 hours of daylight, and let’s be honest..our life, and our filming, can’t be put on hold until the season changes again.

So we are eager to announce that we have just added the SiOnyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera to our camera collection. Listed as an IR Night Vision Camera, the Aurora works wonders in low light conditions thanks to a 1” sensor for low light sensitivity. When compared to our current action camera, images that would have been just blurry lights on a horizon are now full of detail and clarity. To give a little perspective, most low light surveillance cameras have a sensor half the size of the Aurora’s. This larger light sensor allows the camera to capture any light available and turn it into a readable and depending on the amount of light, a very distinct picture.

 

 

 

Which for us, also translates into the camera acting as a safety tool. Out on the water, we can use a faint bit of moonlight to clearly make out shore and other nearby ships. Our most recent passage had us coming into a fairly busy harbor in the middle of the night, where there could have been lots of confusion about trying to distinguish a ship’s navigational lights from the lights onshore. With one look into the SiOnyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera, I was able to see that a set of lights in front of me that didn’t look ‘quite right’ with my naked eye, happened to be a large vessel passing between our boat and shore. This camera became even handier as we motored into our anchorage in the pitch black…using the capabilities of the Sionyx Aurora Color Night Vision Camera’s low light sensitivity to 1.) Make sure we were not dropping anchor too close to the shoreline, and 2.) We did not cross over any fishing buoys on our way in.

 

 

Features to note include:
A 3X zoom 16 mm glass lens
A focus ring to adjust from f/1.4-5.6
A selection of Day; Twilight; and Night recording
Option of recording in 8/15/24/30/60 fps
Time-Lapse Live Stream
IP67 Waterproof Rating
USB to micro USB charging cable

So for us, this camera is a win in so many ways. We can use it as a piece of filming equipment not only during daylight action and adventure times but when the sun goes down as well. (Plus, we were pleasantly surprised by the in-camera microphone). But the biggest reason we’re excited to have it is so our hearts are not always jumping into our throats as we make night passages. Offshore, sure, you probably won’t have anything to run into out there, but as we do more and more coastal hop the number of things for us to potentially collide with gets exponentially higher. The chance to clearly make those items out in the middle of the night? Well, it will have us resting much easier.

 

STRANDED in the Arctic Without Wine (MJ Sailing – Ep 129)

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We’ve arrived to Lovund, aka Puffin Island, right around the cutoff time of when these beautiful birds are about to leave for the season. Making the 2,000 ft hike to the top of the mountain, we don’t find any along the way, but do find a great anchorage to head to the next day.

Rounding to the north side of the island with our boat, we can see swarms of puffins flying through the sky, and make the sunset hike to sit near their nesting grounds and watch them come in that night. Hands down, one of the most beautiful spots we have ever traveled to.

Plus, we even get to end the night with a bonfire inside a cut little hut on the beach! The only thing that could make the occasion even more perfect is if we had a bottle of wine.

Much love from Norway!

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