Charlotte Wilkinson is an experienced sailor who has a transatlantic voyage as well as many Baltic’s including a pioneering sail to Russia a few years ago (reported in an article in the CA magazine). She now lives in Umeo, Sweden and sails the Holman-designed 28ft Twister, known to be a fine long keeled long-distance sailing ship.
See also: http://littleshipclub.co.uk/content/charlotte-cancer-and-twister-called-pouncer
This year she took her boat by truck over to Narvik in N Norway and launched it there on 1 June. By June 12th they were waiting out a gale in Tromso. Last night, the Swedish mid-summers eve, they rounded North Cape in Norway in light northerly winds. The next leg – to Arkhangelsk in the White Sea is perhaps the most challenging of their planned sail through Russia in clockwise direction because it means facing the probable easterlies of the Barents sea for a week or so, and then entering the White Sea via the ‘throat’, which can be a wild spot at any time of the year.
Charlotte is also a member of the Cruising Association, and now a good friend of ours. We are in regular touch, and wish her a safe and enjoyable voyage!