Long long time ago Kjell started talking
about this crazy plan to buy a boat on
the other side of the world, Trinidad..
I was also planning a trip on my own and
he wondered if i wanted to join him as a
crew on S/Y Spetakkel.. After many
hours,days,weeks of thinking i
decided to continue my plan as a
backpacker and we hoped to meet
somewhere along the line.
I left months before him and really
enjoyed life.. We still kept contact over
email and phone.. After he left, Easter
last year we found out that Panama might
be the only place we could catch up...
At that time I was backpacking New
Zealand before heading to Fiji and the
states... Central America was my last
target.. I didn't want to rush cause
there was so many places I wanted to
see, so I thought: What happens,
After going trough all countries in
Central America I had my last stop in
Boca del Toro north in Panama, before
heading to panama City.. Two days before
I was supposed to leave I received an
email from Kjell that they had arrived
Colon before entering the Panama Canal..
I was so exited, and could wait to meet
him again. The next day I booked my
flight to panama City and hired a taxi
to take me to Colon.. The plan was to
meet in the Yacht Club there...
The first face I saw when I came there
was him. A bit more skinny than last
time we met back in Norway but still his
smiling face and lovely laughter...
Finally, here I was.. Ready to enter a
sailboat and sail where ever the wind
took us.. At that time I was running out
of time, and money, so I said to my self,
maybe a week. Maximum 2. What I first
realized was: If you are sailing, you
need TIME. Time to wait, time to sign
papers, time to get the boat ready, time
to go shopping and time to plan
things .. To go trough the Canal was a
great experience, see all the people
waving at entering the Pacific side..
Then I had already been on the boat for
six days and the captain was sick.. Or
maybe he just pretended so I could do
some work together with Darryl on the
We finally got away and raised our
sails. What a great feeling. Just the
noise of the waves crashing in the side
of the boat.. Weather was shit with
loads of storms and rain. But I didn't
care.. This was great.. 3 (already) good
friends sitting in a small boat in the
middle of the ocean with storms,
thunders all over the place.. We made
great food, did fishing
(pic on the rihght) played music, singing with the tunes of
Darryl playing the guitar. So relaxed and
We arrived Esmeralda's, Ecuador after I
don't know how many days. Had a shave all
three of us.. Started to look like real
sailors... Spent a few days there with
great people. I was still a bit worried
cause I should already have been home at
that time.. But I didn't want to miss my
dream, The Galapagos Islands. Thinking
of flying to save time, but I just
couldn't leave the boat..
6 days of sailing with the boat leaning
40 degrees in MY side.. Yepp, my bed was
on starboard side and it was just so
comfy sleeping there hearing Darryl and
Kjell swearing cause the where in the
front and back of the boat, and the boat
bounced a lot.. Happy days..
The moment we crossed the equator was
great. I Think actually we crossed it five
times (the same number as Liverpool had
won the Champions League) all laughing
and drinking speaking about if we could
actually see "the line"..
Arrived Galapagos in the Dark and could
finally put our feet on land again.
Honest to god, I've never ever felt so
drunk before in my life. Even though I
The process of the boat on an angle like
that for so many days made all of our
bodies just wanted to go left.. Managed
to crawl in to a restaurant and chill
out. We made it. Teamwork...
Had a wicked time on the Islands. Not
gonna mention that now cause it's
already been in the letters. But: All
good things have to come to an end and
it was a bit sad the day I had to wave
goodbye to both of them..
To be on the boat was so much more than
expected.. From maximum 2 weeks to
almost 2 months. Will never ever forget
the time I had with them.. Have promised
my self I will join the crew someday
again.. You will know when the toilet
picture is on the front page again...
Thanks for all you gave me on Spetakkel.
You will never sail alone...
In the letters from panama and Galapagos
there are more letters from Joar. we
also made a few funny movies.