While the shop was basking in 38°C we were as cool as cucumbers in the icy coast off East Greenland. Here is Integrity, the wonderful yacht built by Will Stirling, snugling up to the bergs. There were a few polar bears nearby but they caused us no problems. Arthur Beale's clothing proved just the thing for this adventure. My Devold Expedition merinos and our Beerenberg oiled wool pullovers kept me warm no matter what. The Gill Crosswind Salopettes were raved about too. I was also testing a few...
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The Beale Park Boat Show is the antedote to the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. There will be no running, just strolling, mooching or ambling about. I'm even going to take a fold up chair! Tomorrow I'll go to Decathlon and buy a really naff tent with a porch and a stand up bedroom area and I'll get a pinic table too. It will be the kind of tent that I'd rather not be seen dead in but I'm going to chill out eating nice food and supping beers in the evenings. I'll be so laid back that I'll be...
Nothing beats sailing in Norway whether on the south coast as in the picture or way up North in Svalbard. The Norwegians in London tend to celebrate the Norway Day in Rotherhithe where there is a lovely Norwegian Church. Southwark Park is the centre of the celebrations and I expect there will be a lot of aquavit ordered in the riverside Mayflower Pub tonight. Enjoy the day!