Navigare Necesse Est! Hop on-board – Welcome to the blog Navigare necesse est, a blog about sailing and food & drink on-board. It is about cruising among all the islands of the Baltic sea and the archipelago of Stockholm especially. The archipelago around Stockholm has over 20.000 islands and islets and it is very dear to me and it is among these I have my home harbor. About me: I, Tyra the author of this blog live on a rather small island near the town Vaxholm. I have the Coastal Skipper Certificate and this Coastal Skipper Certificate is the second level of the official Swedish nautical training courses for recreational boat drivers. I love night navigation and has an in-depth knowledge of both day and night navigation, 'close to shore' as well as offshore. The Coastal Skipper Certificate is compulsory for the sailing of boats larger than 12 x 4 meters. Our boat is not that big at all but you never know one day perhaps I really need it. Although I'm sometimes the Captain of the boat and enjoys it I think I am more than willingly to spend a lot of time down in the galley. I just love to cook and bake on-board and I'm lucky I don’t get seasick below deck as many people unfortunately do, the only problem when cooking on-board is when it is leaning too much to one side and if we are going on the wrong tack. View my profile.


Take a Peek into My On-Board Garden

This post Take a peek into my on-board garden has originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog Navigare necesse est the suns beams reached into my lush garden...

Don't laugh...

I know it doesn't look like much, but I can assure you it means a lot when you are out cruising.One little orchid for the eyes and two plants of basil 'Genovese' and 'Morton's basil for the kitchen.

We all survived the journey and the two Ocimum basilicum came into our home-port well trimmed.


Ps note the label - Food on board:-)


Who Can Sail Without the Wind

Who can sail without the wind - A folklore song that I grow up with, a sad and pretty melody.
Some say that it is a German song and others that it is from Åland, I don't know what is true. Perhaps anyone out there knows better.

Who can sail without the wind,

Who can row without an oar,

Who can leave behind a friend,

Without just one tear to pour?

I can sail without the wind,

I can row without an oar,

But I cannot leave a friend,

Without just one tear to pour

The Real Group sings the song in Swedish , this vocal group sings it 'a capella'

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Bornholm - Denmark

This post was originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog Navigare necesse est!

The cruise from Hanö in Sweden to Bornholm went without any difficulties, it was actually great sailing. The wind was perfect and the sea was not too rough. The sun came out and we all got a great day at sea.

This is the harbor of the little town of Gudhjem our first stop. We stopped the boat in the middle of the sea for a swim and to tidy ourself up. Fresh as lillies we arrived to Gudhjem.

Gudhjem is a very picturesque town on the northeast coast of Bornholm. Well worth a visit!


Denmark is famous for their open sandwiches so called Smørrebrød and as Bornholm is a part of Denmark we came to the right place to enjoy these delicious savory treats, we found our smørrebrød at very first restaurant we visited. The most famous smørrebrød of Gudhjem is one called 'Sol over Gudhjem'  a piece of smoked herring on rye with a raw egg yolk on top, sprinkled with salt, you may also get chopped radishes on the top and this makes it even better and more beautiful. 

Svaneke - our next stop, visited one of the famous smokehouses and had lunch...smørrebrød again this time with smoked herring, eel and prawn. Aww...they are so good.

A visit to the local brewery - Svaneke Brewery
'Worth waiting for'

I found 'my car' outside the Chololate store :-) a cream coloured Porche

I saw a lot of lovely very old houses in beautiful colours. The half-timbered house is very typical of the building style.
to be continued.../ Tyra

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