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...We are spending the winter in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and hoping to sail to Faroe, Svalbard, Tromso and Lofoten next year.
Next year, the National Scout Jamboree of the Norwegian Guide and Scout Association are held in Bodoe in the beginning of July. I guess there will be a few boats from the SeaScouts there as well. Not sure if I will make it myself, but my youngest kid, my daughter, is planning on sailing a 40 feet Colin Archer up there. If you are in the neighbourhood, it would be worth a visit, I guess.
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.....Stocking up on stores.....
Curious. You mention being away for three years, while provisioning. Seeing a half dozen bottles each of ketchup and sriracha seemed like you were provisioning these items for the entire three years. Was that the attempt? How did it go? The stores were clearly more than necessary to just cross the pond. Why so much?


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Next year, the National Scout Jamboree of the Norwegian Guide and Scout Association are held in Bodoe in the beginning of July. I guess there will be a few boats from the SeaScouts there as well. Not sure if I will make it myself, but my youngest kid, my daughter, is planning on sailing a 40 feet Colin Archer up there. If you are in the neighbourhood, it would be worth a visit, I guess.
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That looks awesome! Bodo is definitely on our list for when we sail down the Norwegian coast, but if all goes to plan then in early July we will be enroute from Faroe to Svalbard.
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Curious. You mention being away for three years, while provisioning. Seeing a half dozen bottles each of ketchup and sriracha seemed like you were provisioning these items for the entire three years. Was that the attempt? How did it go? The stores were clearly more than necessary to just cross the pond. Why so much?
I guess the short answer would be yes, we intended to get these provisions to last for as long as possible.

The plan was to be away from America for a minimum of three years and we wanted to take advantage of the stores in Gloucester for various reasons. At the time the British Pound and Euro were extremely strong which meant we would pay double (or more!) for many things. Prices in Greenland were an unknown entity for us, but a friend told me Iceland could be quite pricey.

We were also concerned about availability of some of our favourite items. Certainly there is ketchup, but is there Sriracha? Often the answer has either been no OR yes at an exorbitant price. ($10+ dollars for a teeny, tiny bottle of Sriracha?!?)

Getting so many staples at a lower price meant we saved an extraordinary amount of money in the long run. The cost of getting stuck in Iceland for the winter was substantially softened because we didn't have to buy most dry goods.

It was the best of both worlds really. We were able to take advantage of local grocery stores for produce, meats, and dairy items and also save money by having a large store of rices, pasta, and condiments.

I wouldn't change a thing...um, except I probably wouldn't get Spam. Did not dig the Spam at all. (✿◠‿◠) ⚓-Monique
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Paper Charts | #22| DrakeParagon Season 3

In the middle of the digital age, we delve into the world of paper charts. Our orders have arrived and it's time to organize and arrange the backups to our backups. What have we got and where will it go? As we finish gathering our final food stores, we take a look at Paragon's provisioning. Ever wonder what almost $500 worth of fuel filters looks like? Wonder no more as we stand on the cusp of our departure...stay with us!

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I wouldn't change a thing...um, except I probably wouldn't get Spam. Did not dig the Spam at all. (✿◠‿◠) ⚓-Monique
Thanks for the recap. Interesting perspective on long term stocking of provisions. I couldn't imagine where it all went.

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Sh*t Happens | #23 | DrakeParagon Season 3

What's a sailing adventure without a few last minute calamities. As a tropical storm blusters overhead, we're on the fence about pushing off. Should we sail on the heels of a named storm, or delay and push our schedule even further behind? Just as we think things can't get more complicated, we suddenly find ourselves up a creek without a...head? Stay with us!

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Welcome Aboard Harry | #24 | DrakeParagon Season 3

We explore by land, sea, and...air! See the inception of ParagonSkies with our newest addition aboard the boat. It's a steep learning curve, but the payoff is worth every bump and crash. We also get a chance to hang out with fellow cruisers in the anchorage as we compare stories, boats, and wish lists. Stay with us!

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