Posted by: August Sandberg | 12/06/2013

Home is the sailor, home from the sea.

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On the 9th of April, as Værbitt was hauled out near Colon getting her last layer of anti-fouling on, a blue water sailor’s worst nightmare came true. Back home in Norway, my father had a very serious subarachnoid bleeding. I got on the first plane home, and less than 24 hours after hearing the terrible news, I was at my father’s side. He survived, as he miraculously managed to call and direct the ambulance himself, and is now on his long way back to a near-full recovery after some very scary months at the hospital.

It was weird and scary, traveling the distance we had used 8 months to cover in less than a day, not knowing anything about the situation back home. But I was grateful for the trip. We could wery well have been at sea when the accident happended, or in Cuba, completely off the grid.

Vegard finished Værbitt’s maintenance, wrapped up the adventure, and Værbitt has now been placed in dry storage in Panama. We will return there some time next year to continue our trip. The route is not yet decided, but we might sail home across the Atlantic, or maybe keep the boat in the Caribbean for a while.

A big thanks to everyone who’s been following us so far, and we’re looking forward to sharing more crazy adventures with you soon!

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