The Entire Coastline Of Norway - Singlehanded 1000 Miles In a 4 Meter Dinghy - The Adventures of Magne Klann

A determined looking Magne Klann. Author, photographer, publisher and small boat sailor extraordinaire.

A determined looking Magne Klann. Author, photographer, publisher and small boat sailor extraordinaire.

Thanks for talking to us, Magne. I am certain a few of our readers want to know if you have seen your psychiatrist lately?

- No, I haven't. And I don’t consider myself a daredevil. I want to undertake a great trip in fantastic nature, and meet a challenge that is hard enough to be exactly that. A challenge.

Please tell us a little more about yourself and how this adventure came about.

- I am now 47 years old, married, got 3 grown up kids, and have been sailing all my life.

I started sailing Optimist and Europe dinghies before I went on to sailing larger keelboats. Five years ago I bought a Laser and never looked back. I still sail keelboats, but dinghy sailing is more challenging on a personal and physical level.

This will be my first attempt on a long distance dinghy sailing. I did a 60 nm test-trip in october and decided that 30 miles a day could be possible. If so, the 1000 nautical mile trip will take me a bit over a month to finish.

RS Aero. Photo by:

RS Aero. Photo by:

Please tell us more about the RS Aero and how you think the boat will cope with what is considered by many as one of the toughest stretches of coastline in the world to navigate.

- I wanted to do this as a wildlife experience along the coast, living under the hull like fishermen did 200 years ago. A Laser Dinghy is a bit heavy to be lifted on your own, but the RS Aero is only 30 kg and can be carried up on to the beaches.

I have plotted in 587 waypoints over small and large beaches on islands on my map over the Norwegian Coast. My daily runs day will depend on the conditions, but an average of 30 nm might be possible. The RS Aero is also a lot more responsive than a Laser Dinghy. It is faster, but also more challenging. I will not go out if the conditions are too bad. Most of the Norwegian coast is protected by islands and skerries. The toughest passages are not too long, so I am not too concerned.

Have you done any upgrades to the boat?

- I have added new cleats for the main sheet. Other than that, the boat is original. 

Micro Cruising can offer macro adventure. Photo: Magne Klann

Micro Cruising can offer macro adventure. Photo: Magne Klann

Presumably, you have little room for spare parts. What is the weakest link on such a passage?

 I will not bring any spare parts at all. Except for some thin dynema line and bit of duct tape. The weakest link is the hull, rudder and keel which is made of carbon, and don’t handle crashes too well. I will have to avoid grounding and hard encounters with the rocks.

How will you deal with sleep management and intake of food and drink?

- I will bring camping gear, a sleeping bag and a cooker. I will probably sail 6-10 hours a day depending on the conditions. It is quite physically challenging in more than 12 knots of wind.

What sort of equipment will you bring and how will you protect it from the elements?

- I will bring one set of clothes in addition to what I have on while sailing. Light camping gear, 4 cameras, iPad, iPhone, VHF, PLB, Mac, a battery and solar panels to charge everything. I will also bring a fishing rod and food for 5 days. I will have to shop for food every 5 days or so. I have only 20 kg of luggage onboard pluss water and food.

RS Aero sailing. Photo: Magne Klann

RS Aero sailing. Photo: Magne Klann

How does one prepare for such an endeavour?

- By using a rowing-machine, and a few training sails.

How long do you estimate the whole passage will it take and how can our readers follow/track you on your trip?

- The estimate is a minimum of 30 days. I am launching a website soon, my instagram is @magneklann and will update via Facebook.

We wish you a fabulous journey and fair winds, Magne! Thanks for talking to us!