Offshore Voyage UK To Norway
Ipswich to Alesund
Ipswich to Alesund
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Ipswich to Alesund
This voyage has everything, a potentially challenging offshore passage as we travel 600 miles North followed by some relaxed coastal day sailing among the fjord and islands of Norway. The voyage ends in the beautiful Art Nouveau city of Alesund.
You will be part of a watch system the whole time we are on passage to Norway. The voyage to Norway is expected to take 4 or 5 days. For more information about what to expect read our pages on
Sailing Type – Coastal And Offshore Sailing.
Standing The Night Watch – an account written by one of the crew.
View the location of this voyage on the 2019 Voyage Map
Read the Sailing in Norway page.
Just a note of thanks for the fabulous time I had aboard Trinovante across the North Sea. I think it mended something in me I hadn’t realised was broken. Of course the reason it’s so good is the way you make us incompetent crew able to share a part of your life.
The exact route depends entirely on the weather but the plan is to sail straight from Ipswich to Norway without any stops along the way. Offshore there are lots of oil and gas fields scattered in the North Sea but generally very little shipping. Mostly we will have the whole wide horizon all to ourselves until we see land on the other side.
The passage could be a true opportunity to steer by the stars – specifically the North Star.
Offshore voyages have a totally different atmosphere onboard to our coastal sailing holiday. You immediately become a key part of the ships crew and one of the team.
Four or five days out we’ll make landfall somewhere among the fjords and islands along the West Coast of Norway, possibly at Bergen, Maloy or Floro.
It’s always exciting to see who spots the mountains on land first after several days at sea. As we close the Norwegian coast the air will be filled with the fragrant smell of pine.
From here on the sailing is mostly relaxed day sailing as we thread our way in sheltered water through the fjords and thousands of islands that fringe this coast. Probably the only open water after Trinovante has made landfall will be the trip around the Stad Headland. The Norwegians keep threatening to bore a tunnel for boats right through Stad but until then our only option is to go round.
There are many beautiful places to visit that are very difficult to get to any other way than by boat. Trinovante will be taking you to some of them. Hopefully we will also discover some new places together.
Apart from sailing the ship you’ll be catching fish for dinner, taking a walk ashore (possibly up a very steep hill), almost certainly chatting to local people and generally chilling out and enjoying life.
There are several articles written by past crews on the old Schoonersail blog. This blog has not been updated for a while. Content now goes on the SchoonerSail facebook page
And then we arrive in Ålesund one of Norways most picturesque cities because it was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. Constrained on a narrow peninsula with a backdrop of massive snow capped mountains it’s very much a working sea town, but with lots of lovely buildings to wander among.
It is worth arranging a day here before the start of the voyage if you have time.
There is an article about visiting Ålesund on SchoonerSail’s old blog. The blog has not been updated for a while because news now goes on SchoonerSail’s facebook page
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing, passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
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