CRUISING LIFE on the ISLE OF SKYE! (MJ Sailing – Ep 138)

We take our boat to the mythical Isle of Skye in Scotland, and explore all the hidden treasures it has to offer.

Making a day sail down from our previous anchorage in Lochinver, we enter the harbour of Portree just as the sun is setting, and do our best to find a spot to anchor that is hidden from the swell wrapping in. The next day is filled with cruising life chores, such as getting provisions, doing laundry, and filling up our diesel.

Once the chores are done though, it’s time to have some fun! We rent a car and drive to some of the biggest attractions on the Isle of Skye, including the Fairy Glen; Kilt Waterfall, the Old Man of Storr, and the Fairy Pools.

An absolutely enchanting place, we hope you enjoy the ride with us!

Much love from Scotland!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Stripping Off Foulies As We Sail SOUTH!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 137)

Leaving the Orkney Islands behind, we sail over the top of Scotland to take in the magic and cliffs of the western side of this island.

Parking ourselves about as far north as you can get there, we find ourselves in utter isolation, but with breathtaking views of cliffs and mountains surrounding us.

Just a little further down the coast we go ashore in a small town and take a hike along a riverside, full of rapids and waterfalls. If we didn’t know any better, we might think we were still in Norway.

Enjoy!

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.

We hope you enjoy!!
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.

Enjoy!

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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