26 years old
From Bergen, Norway
Jeanneau Rush 97
This is the story about a girl who wanted to follow her dreams, and do whatever makes her happy.
When I was 22 years old I decided to buy my own sailboat. Not for any other reason than that I believed it was easy access to adventure. And it really was. Best buy ever.
For me, life is about making memories, and this is what I'm going for by sailing around the world with s/y Snuppa.
I grew up saling with my parents. A 36 feet Bavaria that took us all the way to the Caribbean and back when I was 12 years old. That's when it all changed. The world suddenly felt smaller. If it's possible to sail all the way to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, there are no limits. I wanted to do this again, on my terms, on my own, in my own sailboat.
23 years old I went for it. I wanted to sail to Australia. Why? I wanted to challenge my self, go on a real adventure and sail. Because I knew that would make me happy. And it really did.
The first three months everything went wrong. Read about when I ran aground (and I mean like really went aground), and when I crossed the Bay of Biscay late October part 1, part 2 and part 3.
But I kept going. The ocean was my happy place. I felt like I belonged.
I reached The Caribbean with a crew. A huge milestone to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in my own boat. Australia didn't feel that important anymore. The Pacific felt too big, and I had achieved way more than I could ever imagine before going on this trip. I sailed back to Norway, but I wanted more. I needed more.
And that's where I am now. Out on the ocean, going nowhere and everywhere. The list of places I want to sail is endless, but the money is not. I know I'm going to do this for as long as I can, because you never know what the future holds.
You can do anything you want. You just have to make up your mind, prioritize and just go for it.