Svalbard is high up on the list of future sailing destinations for many yachtsmen and women around the world. And it is growing in popularity. There is good reason to believe 2018 will be another record year for the Norwegian archipelago in the high arctic. Are you curious if you and your yacht should go? Read on as we walk you through the list of things you must know.
Swedish/American couple, sailors, charter captains and popular podcasters Mia Karlsson and Andy Schell from 59º North are coming to Norway and the Arctic this season. We get to hear their fascinating story on how Andy almost ended up in outer space as an astronaut but instead chose to sail the worlds oceans with Mia onboard "Isbjörn" their wonderful S&S Swan 48 instead.
Never before have so many cruising yachts made their way into the higher latitudes. With cruising in the high north comes great responsibility as our oceans are falling victim to climate change and pollution. There is a way out, and that is to fall in love as our interview with the WWF reveals.
Shortly after 3:20pm on New Year's Day in 1995, a monster wave crashed into the Draupner oil platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. The wave would alter oceanography forever. Rouge, or freak waves have been known among mariners for centuries but have been a mystery to science. Now a new research project will try to photograph them for the first time in 3D.
In this third part of the popular series we take a look at a few yachts that each represents unmatched quality, long traditions of craftsmanship and great bluewater potential. However, the builders have chosen lots of different approaches to achieve the same goal.
"Go small - go now" - Is this a sorry excuse for being lazy and unwilling to put in all the hard work and money to finance a big boat? No, we disagree. Many who have opted for a small and seaworthy yacht, have probably been out cruising while you were stuck in traffic on your way to the office all these years.
In this series we will check out some of the most desirable bluewater yachts on the market. New and older yachts you would want if you got your hands on a substantial amount of cash. Whether it was from a lottery ticket or years of hard work-the choice is yours!
Want to win the book SWAN: A UNIQUE STORY for Christmas?The book tells the story of the last 50 years of yachting evolution and the story of Nautor`s Swan. 322 pages long, in a large, horizontal format with 343 colour pictures and special foldouts to highlight the stunning images.
A significant and exciting new development in the world of yacht building: Sweden Yachts, Malö Yachts, CR Yachts and Regina of Vindö Yachts, are joining forced as Sweden Yachts Group. This is great news for all fans of Swedish Blue Water Cruisers.
Today Sweden Yachts have released drawings for a new 48 ft cruiser. The 48 ft yacht will offer a more modern twist on their previous designs. The hull and stern are slightly wider than on earlier models providing more cabin and deck space.
At 69.6492° N, 18.9553° E ice has formed on the decks of the yachts and the mountains around the city of Tromsø is covered in snow. Now is the time to let yourself fall into that YouTube Rabbit Hole and just enjoy!
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The new Hallberg-Rassy 340 replaces the popular 342, with more than 300 hulls made. This is a contemporary design by German Frers with the beam lead aft with a plum bow, longer waterline, a more powerful sailplan, twin rudders and optional twin wheels. The yard promises a little more of everything from the previous model.
Sailing is inherently environmentally friendly. But, many marinas and infrastructure that facilitates sailing are not particularly sustainable. Now an American company called PowerDocs have set out with an ambitious and exiting project.
"Offshore Solo Sailing is by far my biggest passion. It has something to do with being in command of yourself and not being dependant on anyone else to survive at sea. The concept of self reliance triggers me", says Norwegian Erik Aanderaa. A man who captures the imagination of tens of thousands on YouTube with his breathtaking videos.
4 out of 10 say they will buy a new sailboat before sailing to Scandinavia according to our ongoing survey. The respondents are almost split in half between a modern and traditional design. That is interesting. They also rate comfort over speed and price.
The French couple, François & Valérie, are no strangers to Scandinavia. Having spent the last few years sailing onboard the Ovni 445, Cybèle 17, both in The Baltics and The Nordics, they have adopted a few tricks to keep warm during the long Scandinavian winters.
Diversification is about building new products, exploring new markets and taking new risks. Are European boat builders doing enough and are they paying attention to changes that are taking place right now?
There has never been an exiting time for sailors. Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can be implemented wisely to our common benefit and give way to an even richer and stronger experience at sea. That`s what we all want isn`it?
"With less than a year to the start, it became clear that the uncertainties surrounding BREXIT has greatly restricted financial opportunities. We are very pleased to be partnering with Les Sables d’Olonne in France to host the start and finish of the Golden Globe Race and look forward to a great event", says Race organiser Don McIntyre in a press release.
Few things are more irritating than finding your outboard, equipment or even your whole boat stolen. Bikefinder, a Norwegian start up has come up with a genius solution for bicycles that also could be useful for boats.
You are probably not using your VHF radio enough. Did you know you can ask for a weather forecast or get a recommendation for a cosy harbour for the night? The VHF can be useful beyond declaring emergencies at sea.
Since childhood Francois was consumed by sailing. Wanting to become a professional skipper, his parents convinced him to study, telling him that a proper job would allow him his own sailing boat one day! So he became a Surgeon.
According to a recent paper, bird watching is literally going off and one of the best places in the world for it is Norway! It is estimated that 7 million people travel internationally every year to watch birds. Sailors already have their binoculars onboard, why not take a proper look at the birds?
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