The preparations are nearing completion. The vessel is well stocked with food and drink (which conveniently doubles as an item of barter) and the weather forecast looks propitious for next Friday's scheduled departure, bright and early with the tide, for Norway.
The planned route is a straight line from Granton Harbour, with deviations according to Inchkeith Island, sundry oil platforms, other vessels and weather along the way, of some 350 nautical (400 statute) miles to the Naze of Norway.
There are several harbours that could be our port of entry, but the general idea is to spend a couple of weeks cruising the area between Farsund and Arendal:
There are many hundreds of islands along this bit of coast, which is reputedly warmer and drier than the spectacular fjord country further to the north and west. The sea temperature, we were delighted to discover, is presently a crucial 5 degrees warmer than hereabouts at 20 Celsius.
Can't wait! We'll post when and if we can while there and certainly on our return.