The roar of the bear

The seas have been kind with only moderate swell. Unfortunately however, the Arctic island of Bjørnøya (Bear Island) is roaring out a welcome to us as we approach. Understandably the welcoming roar smells a little like cod and the bird cliffs of the island which certainly gets us excited, unfortunately the roar also includes quite a lot of wind that is now coming directly from our destination. As a result we are now proceeding towards the island crabwise – in small legs at a 45 degree angle to the wind, each leg
bringing us closer to the tantalising target that represent some well needed rest for these sailors and a chance to explore the most diverse bird cliffs in the Northern Hemisphere.

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