The Sea Stallion has left Ireland on course for Lands End

The crew get ready for the long voyage. Photo: Werner Karrasch
The crew get ready for the long voyage. Photo: Werner Karrasch
Published 06th Jul 2008

The high tide bore the Sea Stallion away from Ireland with 200-400 nautical miles ahead

We have the opportunity for the longest single voyage in the Sea Stallion's existence in the next few days.  The Viking Ship Museum’s research project, the "Sea Stallion from Glendalough", left the little port of Wicklow in Ireland at high tide shortly before noon today. The ship had been waiting three days in Wicklow for a favourable wind for its journey home to Roskilde.

The course has been set for the south-western "corner" of England, Lands End. But if the ship, crew and wind are up to it, the Sea Stallion may go on all the way up the English Channel to Portsmouth in one go. This is a distance of 400 nautical miles. If we manage that, it will be the longest single trip the Sea Stallion has sailed, and could take three to five days. The Sea Stallion has provisions and water on board for the 60-strong crew for at least six days.

"The first target is to get to Lands End. There is a good steady north-westerly wind that can take us south", says skipper Carsten Hvid.

"It's about 200 nautical miles to Lands End. When we get close, we will decide whether the ship and crew are in a state to go on. If we get the right wind, there is in fact a chance that we will go all the way to Portsmouth non stop. The ship and crew have never sailed so far in one stretch before", says Carsten Hvid.

Yesterday evening, Saturday, Wicklow Sailing Club held a farewell reception for the Sea Stallion. Our stay quickly led to a good relationship with the people of Wicklow and its town council, who placed a local school at our disposition so the crew could sleep under a roof. Their hospitality was without end.

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