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The daughter of the north wind

This is the story of the Norwegian yacht SY Chione. Starting as an Oyster 575 in 2013 growing to an Oyster 675 in 2019

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If you want to see where we are!

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2021 Posted on Wed, August 18, 2021 13:17:48

What a year!!! All plans blown up by a virus.

During spring of 2020 Chione was unreachable due to travel restrictions. She did however do well at her mooring at RCNP in Palma and well looked after by Jose and Pedro. The original plan for 2020 was to do Croatia. Based on the situation the plan was revised to local cruising around Majorca. That is of course fine, but…..hmm.

During fall of 2020 Chione went on a trip to Gibraltar with Jose, Pedro, Wolfgang and me onboard. 1000 miles in five days with some splendid sailing. Not bad at all!

2021 started off in the same way as 2020 with travel restrictions leading to the fact that by mid August we have only logged about 300 miles and not been any further than Menorca.

However – this sad lack of miles is soon to change – TBC

Tracking Chione

2019 Posted on Tue, June 11, 2019 10:07:28

Chione can now be tracked with 4h updates on the following link:

She floats

2019 Posted on Wed, May 01, 2019 11:09:11

Two years in the shed, a few hundred men, a big trailor, 50 miles on the road, 10 hours, a 50 ton crane…..and a few bucks. Thats all it takes to get an Oyster 675 afloat! And now it’s done!

While waiting….

2019 Posted on Wed, April 24, 2019 14:25:20

While waiting, we spend time aboard Chione I, now
Janus:) We met the owner of our old boat in Palma this Easter and he
invited me for a trial sail. A day in the Palma bay under optimal
conditions made me wonder why I decided to turn her in, but also made me
realize how much I look forward to my new one.

Fantastic boat, fantastic sail and a new, extremely
careful owner – she is in better shape than ever!

Thank you Bob – looking forward to see you in Palma later this

Kaboom – and new beginning

2019 Posted on Wed, April 24, 2019 14:16:57

Not everything goes
as planned!!! As mentioned in my last post more than a year ago, Chione I
was handed over to her new owner in December 2017 at the time the hull of the
Chione II just arrived at the yard. Everything looked bright, but then in
early February 2018, I received the message that the yard suddenly went belly
up – lifeless and dead – with a full orderbook – killed by a cocktail of mismanagement,
gigantism and a Russian claim. I was left on my own with a hull that I at best
could use as a giant Jacuzzi. As I already had a Jacuzzi….. but still no boat,
I had to figure something out.

This something
arrived by Richard Hadida entering the scene and restarting the yard. The only thing I had to do was to put some correction
fluid over all the numbers in the original contract, and fill in some new ones –
Well – gone is gone – but boat is boat!!! And here we leave this fuzz behind –
never to be mentioned again!

commenced in May 2018 and now she is more or less finished. Launch is Monday 28. April and she will be
handed over to us early June.

The voyage to Palma
will start June 22 where we plan to arrive before July 10.

To be continued…..

End of a chapter…and the start of a new ….

2017 Posted on Tue, January 09, 2018 21:25:28

2017 was a fantastic year on Chione with beautiful sailing in the Med. However, on December 8 Chione went into new hands under a new name! An emotional moment!

But at the same time Chione II left her mould and a new chapter is in writing.

Stay tuned!

Getting ready!

2016 Posted on Tue, April 19, 2016 15:26:53

It has
been a kind, warm and dry winter in Palma. The winter went on with no surprises
and Jose is
looking after the boat with a steady hand with frequent reports back to
me. Sails have been stored, washed and
looked after with new tell tails mounted in the main. Jose sees to that
everything is properly maintained from engine to floorboards

We spent a beautiful
weekend in the boat in February with summerlike conditions – sunny and mild. It
was however without the common crowds of sun seekers from the North. That makes Palma especially attractive.

However, in
mid-march it was time for the annual haul.
AS the boat had not been out of water since the launch in July 14, it
was a bit overdue and hardly needed as shown below. However, after a few days she entered water
again as new.

Now we are
ready to get off for Gibralter over Easter – separate report will follow

Summer and fall 2015

2015 Posted on Fri, April 15, 2016 10:00:32

Long time no blog!

When the sun is shining, the warm air flow perfectly around the genoa drivcing the boat gently through the sea at 8 knots and the autopilot steer the boat perfectly towards a new, fantastic anchorage it is impossible to sit down by the computer and write your blog!! And when secure at anchor it is so much to do – bathing, drinking, bathing, eating, reading, drinking, reading, eating, sleeping etc etc etc. So, no time for writing.

And, when sailing so much, it is absolutely no time for blogging when home at work.

So, no blog for nearly a year. But a lot of sailing. After taking over Chione in August 2014, we sailed the boat 3600 nm until ending the season in Palma in November. So the slogan for 2015 was less miles – more days.

And so it was!

A lot of sailing during spring and a long summer cruising in the familiar waters of the Balearics with friends and family coming and going. The season continued with a number of long weekends during fall and ended late October with a bunch of collegues. An excellent end to an ecellent season.

Closing the circuit

2015 Posted on Mon, May 18, 2015 17:57:41

evening, May 13 I landed in Palma. 29 degrees and blue sky!. I passed by the hotel Gran Victoria to pick up
my 87-year-old father and his partner. He had arrived a couple of days earlier to
join me sailing for the rest of the week..
During the eighties, he used to sail his own Oyster 46 in the same
waters, often with me as a crew. So he was back in his home waters. However,
it is needless to mention that his age gave me a little worry.

my twin sister and her husband arrived from Italy to join us and we set course
for Cabrera. Totally calm so 4 hours by
engine. We arrived just before dawn and prepared
the alfresco dinner on the aft deck barbeque. Wonderful evening and the next day we
spent exploring the island by foot and by dingy. The small castle and Cava Azur was the main
items on the to-do list. My father
settled down at the small taverna ashore.

In the afternoon we lifted anchor and set course for Cala Portals on Mallorca. The strong morning wind died away and
left just a bad swell that bothered some of the crew.
However, we arrived safely early evening and hade once again a nice
alfresco dinner in the warm evening.
Still no wind, but that was to change.
At one o’clock, I wake up suddenly by the wind jamming from the mast and
a significant swell. I rushed out and experienced
that we had 25 knots of wind directly into the bay and that the anchor was dragging. My old father was actually up
before me and assisted on the foredeck. It
was very dark so the deck floodlight was on and he was quite a sight when he stood in his nightgown
trying to hear what I said – as he did not!
However, he acted on experience and in a strange way everything was coordinated
and we set the anchor safely. It was to
become a tiresome night. Wind peaking at
35 knots, 1.5 meter waves running straight into the bay and me in the cockpit. I kept the engine on for long periods. By
the morning the boats at anchor around us was reduced from crowded to just us and
a Danish boat. Early morning the wind turned
to the projected westerly direction and at five in the morning I went to bed in more calm conditions. The anchor hold on for the whole night. And what
about my father? – I really think it was his absolutely best moment on the tripJ

In a strong,
westerly wind we left for Palma after breakfast to spend the afternoon ashore.

What about some caves my sister asked! And so
we did!

Easter Sailing

2015 Posted on Sun, April 12, 2015 21:26:35

It’s march 27 and still late winter in the northern Europe. I have the early morning flight to Palma. Two weeks with preparation, sailing and maintenance. It is just over a month since I was here
last, but what a difference. The Palma airport
is nearly busting of people arriving to spend Easter in Mallorca. And what a diversity! A crowd from Manchester, easily recognized by
excessive tattoos under their short sleeves, already drunk and busting their
way to the charter bus to Magaluf. A couple
of very overweight ladies are looking for a place to sit down to dry off some
sweat before entering the coach to Palma Nova.
A huge crowd of very fit Swedes are picking up their bicycles to spend a
week on the winding roads of the island. About 20 Germans, all in matching kaki
and trekking shoes are excited to start their eco holiday on a lodge in the
mountains and another chic click are holding on to their facionable bags and hurrying through the airport on their way from
London to spend the week on the nightclubs of Palma.

And its us, Magnus and I on the way to Chione. Not really fitting into
any of the above but no one seems to notice us as we are waiting for the bags
that never arrives and then off for the port.
10 minutes later we are in the cockpit and decided to start with a lunch
at the yacht club just at the end of the passarelle.

It is still quite cold, about 20 degrees in the day, 14 degrees in the
night and 16 in the water. But the sun is shining and the wind is fine. The next
two days are split between seatrails, maintenance,
shopping and other preparation’s for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday Nils arrives and as soon as he is aboard we are off for Cala Portals. We arrive just after dark in a beautiful moonshine. After an uneventful night, I let the youngsters sleep when I lift the anchor and sets sail for Ibiza. And what a day! With sun from blue sky and 20-25 knots on the beam we are surfing along in a stable 9-10 knots and does the 50 miles in just over five hours. Early afternoon we are safely moored in Port Ibiza and the crew is off to explore the town.

Next day we motor out to Espalmador and spend the day sunbathing in this beautiful bay. In the afternoon, we have a splendid, lazy sail up to Cala Llonga where we spend the night. Not a particularly nice anchorage, but convenient on the way back to Palma. Very early next day we are off and motor all the way to Palma. Very uneventful and arrive in Palma early afternoon. The crew is soon off again to explore the nightlife of Palma. The skipper is keener on a run around the castle.

Saturday evening Magnus and Nils are flying back to Norway leaving me alone for a week. It’s needed as it is a lot to do. First all the formalities around my new, permanent mooring and on Wednesday morning I am officially a member of the club and Chione is well moored at her permanent berth.

On Wednesday the complimentary Oyster aftersale visit starts. A very experienced and knowledgable Oyster representative is spending three full days to go through all technical and maintenance aspects of the boat. Very, very intensive learning – wow so useful!

Suddenly it Saturday, I have been here two weeks and I am going home. Hmm, sad, but only a few weeks to the next visit. With that in mind, I am leaving quite exhausted, but in very good mood – the season has started!

Dozy Winter

2015 Posted on Fri, February 13, 2015 22:55:57

Palma, February 13

Malllorca is asleep.
The mountains are having a soft, white cap on. The roads are quiet, the
beaches are empty and hotels are closed.
No movements in the harbour and all the boats are safely moored with chains and double
lines. Only the live aboard crews are doing
their weekly wash and polish – even if their owners are not expected until a few
months from now. Its winter in Mallorca!

I’m down for the weekend to look after Chione and she is
exactly as I left her. White, quiet and beautiful. It seems as Palma Watch is looking after her
well. However, it’s always something. The main sail rod inside the mast is banging
at the mast as the sail is away, and has to be secured. A few warranty issues are still to be taken
care of and I spend a lot of time to continue to get into all the systems. I now admit that I will probably never get to
the absolute end of that task.

It is cold here – about ten degrees. The aircon is running on reversed cycle and keeping
it warm and cosy inside. Today I have
been visiting the Doyle sail loft where my sails are stored. Very impressive place! You can see my three, small sails at the very back of the
loft! (The one in front is for a far bigger boat than mine!)

We agreed on some maintenance and some cleaning, but the overall
state of the sails is still very good – of course, they have only had 3400
miles. From the loft, I went directly to a sport store
and bought a foldable bike – a must when staying in port with no sails! In the afternoon I
met with Mark at Oyster Palma and went through the status of the warranty issues. I’m of course not happy with the issues as
such, but taken that I’m very impressed by the level of service Oyster is
showing. And with Mark here in Mallorca, they have added a great new asset to
their firm!

I also met with a broker discussing moorings in
Mallorca. A lot is available, but still
kind of expensive. However, I want to
find something as I plan to keep Chione here on a more permanent basis and my existing rental ends this summer.

But no problem, it’s still far from summer. However, if you look carefully behind the wintery scene, you can actually hint
some signs of spring. The yard is full
of activity and in the sun, away from the wind, with a beer and with your nose high up
in the air you can actually smell the approaching season.

At least it feels much closer than it was when I
left here in November!

It all starts April 27 – I hope the summer does as well:)

Happy new year!!

2015 Posted on Wed, December 31, 2014 17:20:32

I wish all friends of Chione a prosperous and happy new year. I thank you all for sharing fantastic sailing moments with me in 2014.

I am spending Christmas planning next season. As we did more than 3400 nm during just a few weeks in 2014, slogan is “More days, less miles”! Cruising grounds in 2015 will be centred around the Balearic Islands, Corsica and Sardinia, and I hope many of you would like to join me to explore this great area. If you do, don’t hessitate to let me know – season starts at Easter!

Chione at anchor outside Espalmador in October 2014

Dream on!

Fall 2014 Posted on Sun, November 09, 2014 13:03:05

Season is over, but to keep the memories alive I have loaded a few videoclips on youtube.

You will find them under the channel “Jarveien1” on

Dream on, but keep in mind that I made them on my Iphone!:)

Can’t get much better

Fall 2014 Posted on Thu, October 23, 2014 09:31:52

October 17, 2014

office Friday night after dark. It’s wet and the dead leafs make the
streets slippery. It’s fall at its worst. But, the good thing is
that I’m not going home, I’m going to Palma. A short drive to the
airport, a swift flight and Ragne, Lasse, Karine and I are enjoying a nightcup
in the cockpit of Chione. The air is soft and warm and the stars are
shining down on us.

morning we are strolling the 5 minutes to the Santa Catalina Market. A
fresh food market filled with fresh produce and local specialities. An
hour later we are back in the boat and the fridge is filled with alive
lobsters, prime beef and the most delicious cheeses, fruits, local tapas and
wines. It’s starting to get really hot in the marina and we are ready to

afternoon Chione is moored in Isla de Cabrera, a group of Islands SW of
Palma. It is a national park only accessible with a sailing permit
and a pre-reserved mooring – only 50 available. Anchoring is prohibited.

afternoon is spent sunbathing, swimming and just relaxing. After dark Lasse is
preparing the lobsters and the tenderloin on the aft deck barbecue and we are all
enjoying the al fresco dinner around the cockpit table. Fantastic,
even if some of us are bothered by mosquitos. Next morning swim in the 25
degrees water before we are sailing directly from the mooring. No engine.
The course is set for Palma Bay and with the gennaker set we are
cruising along doing 9-10 knots through the nearly flat water. Exiting
and we are overtaking a 35 m sailing yacht! Hmmm…..Champagne sailing it is! Late
afternoon the anchor is lowered in a bay just outside Palma. A swim and
tapas in the cockpit before going back to Palma at sunset. As soon as we get
close to our berth, the boat guys from RCNP appear s from nowhere and help us to secure the mooring
lines. Very nice dinner at a nearby restaurant and early to bed after
a long day.

is split between shopping for some and boat care for me. A fabulous lunch
at the yacht club. Leaving for airport at 4, I’m going to
Copenhagen and the others are going home.

all feel that we have had a real vacation even if it was just 3 days. As
most sailing so far has been transportation, this is the first use of the boat
in the intended way. And she deliver! 100%

is now completed. After the takover August 11, we have logged 3400nm (a
distance equal to Gibraltar – North Pole) and 316 engine hours. We have
visited UK (twice) Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Gibraltar and Spain.
Sailed 218nm in 24 hours, 48nm in 5 hours, topped 16 knots, experienced storms an calms.
Sailed with friends and with family, seen uncountable dolphins and numerous
whales. We have seen the best and some of the worst of the Med. And we
have had the boat only for three months:)

are really looking forward to the next season!


Fall 2014 Posted on Fri, October 17, 2014 13:58:50

Sitting in my office in Oslo. The fall has suddenly hit Oslo! It’s raining, it’s about 5 degrees, it’s dark and I know it’s going to be like this for more or less 5 months. Ishh!

BUT then its good to know that in a few hours we are flying to Palma with some good friends to spend the weekend sailng. The forcast is perfect – warm and dry. Tomorrow we we plan to take Chione to enjoy an al fresco dinner in the bay of Cabreras. I’m sure Ken Follet will have no objections to be enjoyed under the starlit sky in Spain instead of in front of the firepace at home! As long as it’s not permananet of course:)


Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, October 06, 2014 16:03:08

The time for departure has come and the day has been filled with storing, checking and cleaning. The comprehensive list from the maintenance manual has been gone through, keys to the boat distributed and bags packed.

Weather is still warm and kind – hope it will continue for at least a few more weeks.

Chione: Thank you for a fantastic journey so far and

we look forward to meet again soon:)


Fall 2014 Posted on Sat, October 04, 2014 17:06:30

Then we are done! Well moored in Palma. We had a marvellous dinner at S’Espalmador, and set course for Palma late evening. Arrived in Cala Portals at 0730 this morning just to spend the morning packing, bathing and relaxing. After a short sail we arrived in Palma and are now moored at the terrace of the RCNP. Surrounded by about 30 other Oysters from 46 to 100 feet participating in the regatta. We didn’t make that, but we made the dinner tonight.

1628 nautical miles (3000km) in exactly 12 days including about 24 hours stopping. all kind of weather, but this time Biscay was the Med and The Med was the Biscay.

The Reward

Fall 2014 Posted on Fri, October 03, 2014 17:16:45

The 155nm from Aquilas to Ibiza turned out to become 200. In strong headwind and a current of 2 knots against we continued to make slow progress as we sailed and motor sailed up the Spanish coast toward Benidorm where we set course for Formentera and Ibiza. Arrived at noon today, Friday.

We are now moored in S’Espalmador, a small island close to Ibiza, in turquoise water holding good 25 degrees. A gentle, cooling breeze is making the temperature perfect. This is a beautiful lagoon lined with blending white beaches. Its a few years since I was here last, may be more than I like to think about. Even if it is more crowded and there are mooring buoys and a charge to stay here, the scenery is as beautiful as it was. Unspoiled beaches are hard to find in the Med, but this spot still is. Don’t tell anyone!

After 12 days and 1600nm this is our reward. Lunch, swim, rest, walk the beach, dinner and then we are off for the last short leg to Mallorca this evening. Plan to arrive in Palma midday tomorrow. As the strong headwind from Gibraltar slowed us down and we missed about 24 hours, we are not making the Oyster regatta tomorrow. However, we will make the evening event and promise to try to make good there!

This is why we do this:)

The backside

Fall 2014 Posted on Thu, October 02, 2014 10:36:23

We left Gibraltar Tuesday morning and sailed out the bay. With course for Ibiza some 370nm away, we motored the first hours in total calm. midday we received the announced levanter. North easterly and right at the nose. It was to become a tiring night. 35 knots and steep sea. Enormous thunderstorms and extreme rain. The conditions approved a bit during Wednesday, but bad leaks from the fore hatch and port porthole lead us to decided to spend the night in Aquilas and try to repair (tape!).

Now it is Thursday morning and we are motor sailing up the coast towards Formentera. 155nm and plan to arrive tomorrow morning. The levanter has calmed down, but is still on the nose.

Blending in

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, September 29, 2014 18:13:17

And the crew is blending naturally in among the interesting inhabitants of this rock!


Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, September 29, 2014 14:43:48

Safely moored in Ocean Village Marina in Gibraltar after an quiet motoring and motor sailing the 300nm from Cascais. About 38 hours.

Dolphins, and whales and occasional swim in the warm water made the trip a pleasure. Staying until tomorrow morning. Then off for Ibiza.

Mother of the North Wind

Fall 2014 Posted on Sat, September 27, 2014 11:20:46

We are just approaching Cascais after 730nm with winds only from North and North East. A bit light, but always from behind. As we have a tight schedule to make the last day of the Oyster regatta in Palma, we have been motoring a lot. After motoring across the channel towards Guernsey and then west towards Ushant, we set sail into the Bay of Biscay. The ocean greeted us with excellent sailing conditions and we spent 48 hours with beautiful sailing across the “bay of bones” to Finisterre (the south west tip of Spain). Daily dolphin visits, a number of whale spotting’s and swim on 4000 meters. Just fantastic! From Finisterre we have had an uneventful sail along the coast of Portugal and are planning to anchor in the bay of Cascais (just outside Lisboa) in a few hours. We had two dramatic events. The first was that the cruising chute flew free at the bow in the middle of the night. it had to be taken down in the cockpit. It was actually a wrong thread from the sail maker and repaired the day after. The other was the total disappearance of my cell phone – found at last at the bottom of the cockpit cool box;)

So far this trip has been exactly what sailing is all about and what this boat is built for. Now we are picking up my son Magnus and continue towards Gib this evening. May the heavenly conditions continue!

And off we go

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, September 22, 2014 16:00:44

AT 1150utc (1250UK) we departed Southampton. Motoring out the river. Nearly calm, but the tidal current pushing us out the Needles doing nearly 10 knots over ground. Passing the needles and course set across the channel towards Ushant where we plan to pass midday tomorrow. Weather is sunny, but quite cool. 9 degrees this morning, but the wool underwear is unpacked and will keep us warm for the first few days going south. Hope to arrive in Cascais by the end of the week. Seems to be a lot of motoring for the first hours as the wind want appear until later.

And mood is good, really good

And off we go

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, September 22, 2014 16:00:43

AT 1150utc (1250UK) we departed Southampton. Motoring out the river. Nearly calm, but the tidal current pushing us out the Needles doing nearly 10 knots over ground. Passing the needles and course set across the channel towards Ushant where we plan to pass midday tomorrow. Weather is sunny, but quite cool. 9 degrees this morning, but the wool underwear is unpacked and will keep us warm for the first few days going south. Hope to arrive in Cascais by the end of the week. Seems to be a lot of motoring for the first hours as the wind want appear until later.

And mood is good, really good

Ready to go, but just nearly

Fall 2014 Posted on Sun, September 21, 2014 08:42:13

Osmund and I are well installed In Southampton, Sadly not In the boat but at a hotell just at the pier (actually inside the show) Chione is doing her last day at the boat show waiting for today’s crowd to admire her and do what peoples do at boat shows – open cupboards and look into the fridge!

Our aim is to leave tomorrow at noon, but a lot shall fall in place to make that. Here is the schedule:

10-6 the Southampton boat show is open and a few hundred salesmen will do their best to rip the fodder off my wallet. And actually I still need a few needles items……hmm:))

6pm the show closes and the boat is moved to the Village Marina. John from Oyster stays aboard and pack all the show equipment. He stays on till Monday to ensure that everything is in order for us to go tomorrow

8pm tonight the 4 remaining crew members arrives from Norway and go directly to the boat to unpack their bags However, Oyster has totally emptied the boat for all my stuff. Excellent of course, but it want arrive until tomorrow morning and the lack of linen, duvets etc implicates another night at the hotel.

8am the superstore opens for stocking up the fridge
9am all unloaded, personal equipment arrives by van from Ipswich
10am the dinghy arrives from modification at the supplier
10am the modified check stays arrives and have to be mounted
8-10 John empty the boat for Oyster equipment and make it ready for us to move in
10-12 we move in and get everything stored

And at noon the tide is perfect and we are off for Cascais. Hmm, I think I have to add hopefully here! Needless to say It’s going to be a very busy morning.

But the weather window is still just perfect – we NEED to make it tomorrow!!

Fingers crossed – I will keep you posted!

Someone in charge wants us south!

Fall 2014 Posted on Fri, September 19, 2014 16:36:38

As the crew members are putting the last, few items into their allready packed bags, the Captain is monitoring the weather. Throug grib files imported directly into the navigation software, we are able to make pretty accurate weather assumptions for the next 4-5 days.

A strong low that has ruled the mid Atlantic for some time seems to give way to a new high pressure ridge that is going to dictate the winds in the North Atlantic for most of next week. This seems to bless the english channel with bright, cool weather and light to medium winds from North East. And the, light, norterly winds seems to continue for most of the week all the way down to Lisboa. Could we ask for more??:)

Here is the wind prediciton for the next week. Yellow spots are where we are supposed to be:

Monday (departure):

Tuesday (Ushant):

Wednesday(Mid Biscay):

Thursday (Finesterre):

The Plan

Fall 2014 Posted on Wed, September 17, 2014 22:54:30

Here is the tentative schedule for the sail to Palma next week:
We get the boat directly from the Southampton boat show on Sunday September 21. Monday morning we stock up and depart at noon. The course is then out the Solent, through the Needles and directly across the Bay of Biscay to Cascais (Lisboa) where we plan to arrive on Saturday. Magnus is flying down from Oslo and will join us for the last week. From Lisboa we go via Gib and Ibiza directly to Palma where we hope to arrive on Friday We hope to make the last part of the Oyster regatta.

But, the weather and equipment will dictate the pace, so no one really knows:)

Exiting, let’s go!!

In Southampton

Fall 2014 Posted on Tue, September 09, 2014 21:10:19

After a busy week tuning and twisting the different issues connected to a new boat, Chione today arrived in Southampton. Her she will be for the next 12 days as one of the attractions at the Southampton Boat Show.

The long tack back

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, September 01, 2014 11:41:18

And of course, the promised gale appeared from nothing!

The boat had to return from Sweden to Ipswich and someone had to push the buttons. The few choosen were me (the skipper), the co skipper Espen, the stewart Ditlef and the first mate Henrik. My son Magnus drove us down to Ellos Wednesday afternoon and exactly at 2000 we let go and set course for Ipswich. The first leg was across Skagerak to the tip of Denmark. We just made it in one close hauled tack. When rounding Denmark just after midnight the wind died away and the engine came on for nearly 12 hours until we got a force 5 from SE. However midday Thursday it died away, just to reappear from SSW just 25 degrees on the nose. It was going to be 24 rough hours with rain showers and wind varying from force 5 to force 8,close hauled against 3-4 meter waves. Saturday morning the wind turned on west and with just a brief easing of the sheets we literally banged down the east coast of England in force 5-6, doing 9-10 knots. The big waves from the night before made it a very sporty sail:). As we closed in on Ipswich it was as England greeted our arrival and gave us a wind shift to W, sun and later stars shining on nearly flat sea. Cruising into the river Orwell in stumbling dark doing good 10 knots over ground on the in going tide. A tired, but very happy crew were exactly 02:30 Sunday morning safely moored at Oyster’s pier in Foxs Marina. 80 hours and 573nm with the changing wind never behind 60 degrees.

We have now logged 1511nm just to try her out;) The conclusion is clear: Chione is a fantastic ship. We have experienced everything from calm to 50 knots on the tail and 45 knots on the nose. Short handed and unexperienced crew have handled the boat to record speeds and extremely fast passages. Rough conditions but still safe and very comfortable with daily hot showers and excellent food. Even the more unexperienced crew members just speak about the experience of their lifetime. And yes, I promise you – it was seriously rough at times!! But never dangerous or unsafe. All of us are just stunned about the speed and the heavy weather ability. Her new nic name is just “The Princess”

Now, she is left at the Oyster commissioning pier in Ioswich to tune her up for the Southampton boat show.

Monday, September 22 we start the long sail to Palma, Mallorca. 1600 nm in one go. same captain, new crew and it is here Chiones life really starts!

So, just stay tuned – the best is still to come!

Chione in the press

Fall 2014 Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014 22:45:59

Return to the cradle

Fall 2014 Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014 22:35:57

Tomorrow we are returning to Ipswich. The plan is to leave Ellos at Orust tomorrow evening, cross Skagerak and pass Skagen at the tip of Denmark early Thursday. Then directly across the North Sea to Ipswich. It is 520nm and hopfully will take around 3 days. Expected arrival will be lateSaturday/early Sunday. The Crew will be me, and my long time friends Ditlef, Espen and Henrik. Sailing experience ranging from exceptional to limited;)

Weather forcast is telling sunny and 10-15 knots on the beam for the first 24h, then 15-20 knots on the nose for the next 24 and various light winds for the last 24h.

It is however said that you never cross the North Sea without a decent gale;)

Exiting! I will keep you posted

Maiden voyage

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, August 18, 2014 13:15:28

So, the
Chione is handed over and has crossed its first ocean. The North Sea. And what a crossing. We (Jorgen, Magnus and Karl + John from Oyster) left Ipswich on Monday August 11 at 0830
motoring out the river Orwell. At 1000 (1100CET) we set sail from Harwich towards Helgoland. As we
left just at the tail of hurricane Bertha, we had a steady 30-45 knots of wind
from SW (gusting to more than 50) and recorded 209nm for the first 24
hours. Late evening waves were estimated at 4-5m. Max speed was recorded at 16.1
knots and the whole trip to Helgoland was made in just 34 hours. After a nights sleep in Helgoland, we were off
again up the coast of Denmark towards Stromstad in Sweden. The wind continued to be strong from SW and
from noon Wednesday till noon Thursday we recorded 218 nm. Around 1700 on Thursday the wind just died away
and we had to motor the last miles towards Stromstad where we arrived at 2315.. During the 3 day crossing we had no 24 hour
period doing less than 200 nm and averaged about 8.6 knots. And this
with a completely new boat, full tanks, an unexperienced family crew and running on auto pilot all the way. Amazing!

The boat
performed perfect. Except for a broken spinlock
clutch, no breakage. Now the boat is
displayed at the Orust Open Yard and then we are sailing it back to Ipswich from Wednesday
August 28. New crew – new opportunites. But the 218 mile record will be hard to beat.

Pictures from the takeover

The build Posted on Sat, August 09, 2014 10:25:09

Takeover day two and three

The build Posted on Sat, August 09, 2014 02:36:56

I’m lying in my bed and the rain is hammering the deck. Gale warnings are out for the whole area. But, no worry. We are still securely moored at Foxes Marina in Ipswich after three very, very intensive days. Day two we went sailing in beautiful conditions. Warm, sunny and 10-14 knots of wind on flat sea. John, Adrian and James from Oyster and Magnus and I. Wonderful sailing and she moves like a princess. We tried all type of sailing with all kind of sail settings. Genoa and main, cutter rig, cruising chute and gooswing. Everything performed perfect – topped 9 knots in 12-14knots of wind with absolutely no hard efforts.

Day three we have spent in the boat going through IT and communicatin and packing away all the spares and other stuff. It fills the cockpit but is just, nearly unnoticed swallowed into the corners of the boat. She has such a tremendous amount of storage space. Later Magnus and I cooked our first meal in the boat and watched a movie from the nas drive;)

We are so happy with everything and Oyster is really taking good care of us. All formalities are now in place and we just have to wait for the remains of the hurricane Bertha to pass. Karl will arrive on Sunday and with Karl aboard and Bertha away we are off for Helgoland late Sunday/early Monday.

The forecast is 15-25 knots SW, but unsettled. Perfect , but wet:)

Takeover day one

The build Posted on Wed, August 06, 2014 20:49:51

Has anyone been the proud owner of a brand new car with all the new, most fantastical technical stuff? Imagine, when picking it up you have to spend 10 hours to get explained the engine, the steering, the servo, the brakes +++++ and then try out ever single function. By then it’s evening and you are sent home to sleep before you actually are allowed to drive the car the following morning. Can’t imagine? Me neither.

However, that’s exactly what I have done today. Going through the boat, bow to stern. Lifted every floorboard, removed every panel and got explained every single component. And it took the full 10 hours, without even starting the engine! Interesting of course. Useful of course. But, hey – we want to sail!

Tommorow at 0830!

D- Day!

The build Posted on Wed, August 06, 2014 07:54:22

Magnus and I well installed in Ipswich. Take over procedure starts at 0900

“Now this is not the end

Fall 2014 Posted on Mon, August 04, 2014 21:52:42

It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning”

The car is packed with the first airborne supply of the absolutely most needed gear, stuff and wings&dings. Tomorrow we are off to pick up the boat, sail it to Sweden and fill it up with the rest of the most needed, the needed, the barely needed and all the rest of the not needed stuff. As this first load filled my car, I realize that we need a sizable lorry for the rest. The question is now: will she float??

AIS tracking

Fall 2014 Posted on Sun, August 03, 2014 14:22:04

The position of Chione can now be tracked at Ship name: Chione, Call sign: 3YYM

On our way

Fall 2014 Posted on Sat, August 02, 2014 17:21:59

In Norway we have had the summer of the century! Week after week with bright sun and temperatures in the high 20’s/low 30’s. Rarely less than 20 during night and the water measuring a solid 23 degrees. Could we ask for more?

But this has to end as we are heading for the takeover. Our summerhouse is now locked up for fall, speedboat on land prepared for for the winter and the car packed up with foul weather gear and boat equipment. A few days at home and then we are off to Ipswich on Tuesday.

The new dinghy is on it’s way, no strong low pressures are building and everything seems to fall in place for a perfect North Sea crossing. Wow!

Chione is sailing

The build Posted on Wed, July 23, 2014 17:21:28

Received the following pics from Oyster today. She is sailing with the entire wardrobe up!
With a 140% overlap the genoa is really the main engine on this boat. It also has a different wear and tear charcteristcs from the roll in main and I decided to go for a different cloth. The main is DYS Spectra and the genoa 4d vectran. It seems to be the perfect blade I wished for (I guess the guy at the mast is about to tension the halyard an inch:)) The problem with roll in main sails is often to get them flat when the wind is up. Hence I have asked for a flat profile on the main and the cutter sail. And, from the picture it seems as exactly what i get. The assymmetric is difficult to evaluate from the pictures, but i have asked for a quite deep sail that works well deep downwind on a pole.

Wow- Only two weeks to go?

Dinghy off

The build Posted on Wed, July 23, 2014 17:14:54

The dinghy proved to be very heavy and due to construction very difficult to get the weight evenly distributed on the two davits. This left nearly the entire 290kg on one davit. That’s no good! By advice from Oyster we have decided to exchange it with a lighter version of the same brand. But still 40hp and water skiing capacity?

Dinghy on

The build Posted on Wed, July 23, 2014 11:07:07

Handover is closing in and is today just two weeks away. Received the following message today:

RIB is on the davits but is very heavy, right on the limit of the davits. You will need to be careful when lifting the RIB. Otherwise all OK.

But, its a great dinghy for transportation, excursions and waterskiing. I hope the davits holdsmiley


The build Posted on Fri, July 11, 2014 12:23:21

Wednesday July 9 at 1130am Chione was launched. In a very professional and well trained process the mast was rigged ashore, the boat was launched and everything checked before the engine was started and the boat went to the commissioning pier. Here she will be staying for four weeks for rigging, testing and adjustments.
With empty tanks, no sails and my garage still full of equipment, she floats so high that the thruster sucks some air. However, no list and with everything in she will float like a princess. The commissioning team was instantly busy with planning of everything from testing to downloading the needed electronic charts. The last discussion on the custom backrest cushions in the cockpit was carried out and different fillings tested on site. Also the placing of the foldable hooks in cabins and bathrooms was agreed. Every single detail discussed, decided and planned. Nothing left to coincidence.
She is a truly stunning yacht and in four weeks she is under way to Sweden???

Under way

The build Posted on Tue, July 08, 2014 19:32:20

This morning the boat left Wroxham on its journey towards the ocean. Exiting! 25×5 meter and 40 ton of truck and yacht went on the road to the ocean. The length of the truck made it impossible to make the turn from the yard entrance to the road in a normal manner. So the truck had to back the 200 metres from the yard onto the road. Impressive manoeuvring and absolutely some tricks to pick up for narrow marinas:)! But from there they went forward all the way to Ipswich. However, not straight as they had a lot of detours to avoid bridges and cables less than the 6 meter+ height required. Actually one bridge is so close that a the top of the pedestal has to be de-mounted to save the needed 10cm!! Except for some leafs in the cockpit it all went very well and the boat was safely brought to Ipswich within the day. Launch has to wait for the high tide tomorrow morning.

She’s coming a week early!

Fall 2014 Posted on Wed, June 04, 2014 18:30:24

Oyster today informed that they will be able to do the handover a week earlier than planned. So the handover will now start Wednesday August 6 and the maiden voyage to Sweden on Monday August 11. As the boat has to be in Sweden by August 20, this really makes for a better handover process and a much less rushed sail to Sweden. Thank you Oystersmiley

Home water bound!!

Qualified Captain!

Fall 2014 Posted on Wed, June 04, 2014 18:24:09

Hurray! After spending the obligatory 160 (yes, onehundredsixty!) hours in the classroom this winter, the captain today passed his sixth and last exam! Together with his practical experience he is now qualified for the Norwegian maritime certificate D5LA, Deck Officer class 5 Pleasure Craft, unlimited waters. This is required for Norwegian yachts above 15 meter and qualifies for any Norwegian pleasure craft under 24 meter in any waters world wide.

So, now the skipper is ready, just the boat missing!

Nearly there!

The build Posted on Sat, May 31, 2014 23:26:56

Friday May 30 was spent on the sixth and presumably last visit to the yard in Wroxham. This time we had no major outstanding decisions so it was mostly to inspect the finishes and the more than 300 custom details specified for this build. And of course to see and touch our new born baby:)

The boat is just three-four weeks from finished. The least popular guy on the yard is now spending his time to spot faults and weak spots, marking and making notes of every finding and seeing it dealt with. He’s our hero and hopefully securing the delivery of a superbly finished product. With thousands of man hours this is a handcraft from A to Z. With the attention to details and superb craftsmanship that Oyster put into their production, it’s always some tiny detail to improve. When the finish is found to be perfect and all installations pre-tested and found to work, the boat is leaving for a 3-5 hour transportation by truck to the ocean and the launch. Tentative date is set to July 8. The boat is then rigged and goes into an extensive, 4 week test program including sea trials. When every single system is extensively tested and approved the boat is handed over on August 12. The handover procedure takes two to three days and by August 16 we are hopefully off for the Maiden voyage:)

Next visit will be for the launch!!

Pictures, Oyster 575

About Chione Posted on Sun, May 25, 2014 09:16:36

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