To Norway and back (Eventually)

»«Sunday 21st February 2016

The third Cruiser Lunch, the last in the 2015/16 season, took place on Sunday 21st February. What a treat we had! Chris Goodfellow took us on a virtual journey in Nightsong to Norway and back via the Shetland Isles and the Irish Republic.

Nightsong left Burnham in May, cruised up the East Coast, then across the North Sea to Stavanger. Whilst there, Chris made two visits to the spectacular Preikestolen (or Pulpit Rock), a steep cliff almost 2000 feet high with a flat top jutting out over Lysefjorden.

Nightsong visited a number of smaller fjords, with luxurious houses built into hillsides, en route to Bergen. A stay at the fish dock in Bergen led to the discovery of a wonderful fish restaurant. After a stay in Bergen, Nightsong sailed back across the North Sea to the Shetland Isles where, Nightsong's crew visited Mousa Broch (an Iron Age fort) an excavated Iron Age village.

The return journey included Kirkwall, the Caledonian canal, Campbeltown, East Tarbert (including the highly recommended Starfish Restaurant), Troon, Wicklow, a passage inshore of Longships, along the South Coast, arriving back in Burnham in early November.

Chris provided a humorous and informative account of this fascinating voyage. Afterwards, we sat down to another lovely meal prepared by James. Once again, it was lovely to see so many friends enjoying good company.

Now, we look forward to the new season. Our Opening Muster is on the 9th April, comprising of a race to Fambridge (fitting-out and weather permitting) followed by a meal in the Ferry Boat Inn. Be sure to join us in the Ferry Boat, whether arrival is by water or tarmac, for more fun and delightful company.

Chris Nolan