THE POD DRIVE
Voila....this is it. The old engine, the tank, the tubes, the smell, the fuel, the holes for emission and cooling water are all gone. They are being replaced by this little shining plug inside the boat, and the sleek pod and folding propeller underneath it.
We managed to get the trawl off the boat and into the water. We also managed to sail with it for some two Nautic Miles, which is the least we need to do (2-5 NM is required) in order to make a correct sample collection. The students at the University of Gothenburg demanded that I wear a lab-coat and safety glasses while doing this scientific assignment...haha, and who am i not to obey them:-) Here is a little video from the first test and pilot sample. Crew on this leg was J
Oh, what a challenge this was... I arrived Fredrikstad's "West River" at 4 am after some swell single handed sailing in pretty nifty winds through a pretty rocky archipelago. The rules says that one have to call the bridge guys well in advance if you want them to open the bridge for you in order to "sail" into the city center and "brygga". So I called at 7 am, to get through at 9 am. At 9.05 I called again...just to be informed that the West River bridge is not working since
After an intense day with events and sailing we arrived late evening in the community Drøbak south of Oslo. The off-season signs were quite obvious. A great marina close to a capital, but hardly any boats. The ones there were empty. No people. Grab some food and hit the sack was the evening option. Next morning I did some laptop-yoga and got to get some work done. At 2 pm I met with the manager of the Drøbak Aquarium. An important institution that keeps local knowledge update
Sailing off from Oslo I managed to get three young advocates for smarter alternatives onboard Nora, Klara and Erik. We didnt have much wind, but we had lots to talk about. We have so much to learn from each other, listen to some snippets of these two interviews of my first crew members: KLARA, working at GoMore - an app about coordinating cars between owners, renters and riders. 600.000 users in Denmark, 2 million total in all their markets... NORA, studying – and working for
This could not start in a better way. Rear Admiral Louise Dedichen in the Royal Norwegian Navy and her entourage participated at our "Sail Off Ceremony" at Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway. Feeling their support and trust is a true honor and something we will cherish deeply every Nautical Mile we will sail for the sake of our oceans and generations to come. After a short presentation of the project and the journey, Rear Admiral Dedichen officially took her shoes off (yeay, she sur
YES! The day did come. The day when it was time to roll out S/Y Johanna from the shipyard and launch her into her element. The 27 year old boat my kids were more or less born in, and definitely grew up in, have been renovated and pimped into a new one. Ready for them to take over. She has been turned into an electric sailor, she has been prepared to meet their new times and she is ready to be used as a vessel for an important message about how to live a smarter life on water.