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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Lerwick, 211NM W of Bukkøya

As we went into night watches the fog kept getting thicker. The wind also picked up, and built a sea state of about 1.5m. Finally the North Sea looked more like we expected it to look!

We rolled half of the genoa in, kept the automatic fog horn blasting, and continued our way. A certain milestone was reached around 3am, as we crossed the Greenwich meridian to the Western hemisphere. Soon we could start hearing the announcements from Shetland Coast Guard on VHF.


When we could finally see land (not from very far due to the fog), we called the Lerwick Port Control on the VHF and were permitted to proceed to the small boat harbour. Since we were arriving in the morning, the piers were full. We ended up rafting with a German aluminium boat, the only other visiting yacht at least slightly on the same scale as Lille Ø.


We celebrated the passage with a full English breakfast. Next will be paying the harbour dues, and then likely a nap.


Later on we stopped by the local pub, and of course there was a celtic folk music jam session going on. We enjoyed a well-earned anleger thanks to Bernd B. Skål!

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
05.05. 0:00 Z 60°5'4"N 0°13'53"E 305° 7.4kt 4257.9NM wind 17.9kt 126° sea state 3/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 3/10 baro 1010 hPa Bergie on watch, Suski to bed. Can't see much apart from the glooming of our position lights in the fog
05.05. 0:03 Z 60°5'9"N 0°13'20"E 273° 6.4kt 4258.2NM wind 19.4kt 125° baro 1010 hPa We went by an AIS-less motor vessel. Could hear engine and see some light. Fishing, likely. And not far
05.05. 1:00 Z 60°6'50"N 0°2'14"E 282° 5.2kt 4264NM wind 17kt 131° baro 1009 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 1:12 Z 60°7'11"N 0°0'9"W 298° 6.6kt 4265.3NM wind 16.4kt 131° baro 1009 hPa Western hemisphere!
05.05. 2:00 Z 60°8'30"N 0°9'46"W 272° 5.1kt 4270.3NM wind 16.6kt 128° baro 1009 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 3:00 Z 60°10'30"N 0°21'2"W 290° 7.6kt 4276.2NM wind 18.5kt 134° baro 1009 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 3:16 Z 60°11'3"N 0°23'54"W 288° 6.2kt 4277.8NM wind 17.4kt 132° baro 1009 hPa Listened to the weather from Shetland Coast Guard. Similar conditions to remain, chance of thunder in afternoon
05.05. 4:00 Z 60°11'21"N 0°31'45"W 255° 5.1kt 4281.8NM wind 16.9kt 135° baro 1008 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 4:19 Z 60°11'12"N 0°34'58"W 275° 5.3kt 4283.4NM wind 16.2kt 128° baro 1008 hPa Entering UK waters. Time to put up the Q flag
05.05. 4:43 Z 60°11'10"N 0°39'12"W 281° 5.8kt 4285.5NM wind 17.1kt 135° baro 1008 hPa Started watermaker, 222ppm
05.05. 5:00 Z 60°11'6"N 0°42'10"W 255° 5.2kt 4287NM wind 18.4kt 124° baro 1008 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 5:41 Z 60°11'8"N 0°49'20"W 275° 6.2kt 4290.6NM wind 17.1kt 136° baro 1008 hPa Stopped watermaker, 208ppm
05.05. 6:00 Z 60°11'14"N 0°52'32"W 285° 5.1kt 4292.2NM wind 15.7kt 123° baro 1008 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 6:47 Z 60°11'35"N 1°0'20"W 286° 4.9kt 4296.1NM wind 15.4kt 122° sea state 3/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 5/10 baro 1008 hPa Land!
05.05. 7:00 Z 60°11'46"N 1°2'26"W 276° 5kt 4297.1NM wind 14.7kt 122° baro 1008 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 7:07 Z 60°11'52"N 1°3'31"W 305° 4.9kt 4297.7NM wind 13.3kt 114° baro 1008 hPa Called Lerwick Port Control, received clearance to go to Victoria Pier South
05.05. 7:18 Z 60°11'44"N 1°5'18"W 249° 5kt 4298.6NM wind 12.9kt 142° baro 1008 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
05.05. 7:31 Z 60°11'22"N 1°7'33"W 242° 5.5kt 4299.8NM wind 13.8kt 117° baro 1008 hPa Autopilot deactivated
05.05. 7:33 Z 60°11'19"N 1°7'51"W 242° 5.3kt 4300NM wind 15.3kt 137° baro 1008 hPa Sails down, motoring
05.05. 8:00 Z 60°9'28"N 1°8'29"W 157° 2.6kt 4302.3NM wind 11.6kt 123° baro 1008 hPa Hourly position log
05.05. 8:10 Z 60°9'14"N 1°8'28"W 259° 0kt 4302.6NM wind 9.6kt 138° baro 1007 hPa Stopped