Hitch-hiker on our way North on way to Shetland Mainland
Passing around 60 degrees North
[Kyle]We reluctantly left Fair Isle for Shetland the next morning. The wind started out as a brisk beat to weather on a port tack in sloppy seas. As the day wore on, the wind clocked around and died off until we were eventually ghosting into Lerwick harbor going dead downwind at only a couple knots. As we sailed up the east coast of the Shetland mainland, we passed a big milestone; 60 degrees north. That put us 2635 nautical miles north of the latitude of our southernmost point so far, Jacques Cousteau National Park in Guadeloupe.
Lerwick was pretty full when we arrived and we had to raft up to another boat to get ashore. We found two boats we had met in Fair Isle plus the Australians we had berthed next to in Wick. Perhaps a big reunion is in order, but for now, it’s been a long day so we’re off to sleep in the twilight of the short northern night.