Two Swedish submarines “escorted” us in from sea as we approached Karlskrona from Utklippan. The Swedish Navy is renowned for its submarine technology, particularly in building extremely quiet vessels that are difficult to detect. Over two years of war games with the US in 2005-2006, the Swedish submarine HSMS Gotland made repeated undetected attack runs…

Utklippan, Sweden

We were the first visitors of the season when we made Swedish landfall at Utklippan on March 27th. We were excited to finally reach Sweden and were looking forward to some fabulous cruising. Utklippan itself is an incredibly beautiful island full of migrating shorebirds, lots of history to see, and a lighthouse. It’s a wild…

Such a Bummer

The Red Head crew has been forced to endure days onboard without a trip to shore. Mom and Dad were able to make a reconnaissance dinghy ride to the islands and found a beach that looked promising at low tide. Unfortunately, the winds haven’t died enough to make safe passage with a dinghy filled with the crew.

This morning saw a menacing front come through with only a slim chance for an afternoon trip.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora have done fine. The advantage of a seasoned crew. Dora tries to start a play session, mainly be biting her playmate. First with Dee Dee on the well deck.

Then with Dylan in the salon. Each joins in for a bit. We’re hoping to move to Man-O-War tomorrow. The Abacos are proving not to be ideal for Red Head’s rather rambunctious crew members.

Wanted: One large, isolated beach with safe approach for a fun loving canine crew!

The Launch Spring 2019

We are a little nervous as the travel lift creeks and groans while lifting our precious cargo into the air. We have been hauled out many times but it is always an uneasy feeling until Idyll Time is safely back in the water. On this particular launch, Idyll Time must be carried almost half a […]

Bornholm, Denmark

The Danish island of Bornholm has been fought over for centuries by Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. The 227sq mi (588 sq km) island is the 8th largest in the Baltic Sea, lying 80nm east from the nearest Danish land, 45 miles from Germany and only 25 miles from Sweden. Prominent on the northwest coast of…

Klintholm, Denmark

We reached Denmark the day after transiting the Kiel Canal, and anchored for the night at the west end of Smalandsfarvandet. The next day we passed through eastbound to Klintholm, where we rode our bikes out to view the famous Mont Klint chalk cliffs and enjoyed touring the area. Being early in the season, we…

April 6 – Last Day in Paradise

“Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.” – Wanda Hope Carter

We spent our last morning on Eleuthera at our favorite beach soaking in this incredible view. Looking at this water never gets tiring to me.

Kiel Canal

Following an overnight run from Amsterdam, we made a brief pit stop in Heligoland to top up our diesel tanks with duty-free fuel and were underway again in time to catch the last half of the Elbe River flood tide and reach the Kiel Canal that afternoon. We arrived at the canal in a fog…

Water Cay

The Red Head crew left Hope Town this morning to head 16 miles to Water Cay, a small, uninhabited (we hope) cay off of Archers Cay.

The plan is to take Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora ashore tomorrow for a beach romp. Dad chose Water Cay because…

“someone” could be left off leash as there is really no where to go. We’ll see if the plan works tomorrow – fingers crossed.

April 5 – Harbour Island, Eleuthera

“When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.” – Barbara Bush 

By Friday we all decided to go our own way for part of the day…Eric and his family spent the day at Sky Beach Resort, Kyle and his family went back to our favorite little beach on the Exuma Sound and Stan and I drove north to explore Harbour Island. The island is located at the northern end of Eleuthera and is called “Briland” by the locals. A sign welcomes you that reads, “Welcome to Harbour Island, Home of Friendly People”.