Skagerrak and Back” is the story of my North Sea circuit aboard my 27ft yacht. It is available as a paperback book via my UK Amazon author page or and for all e-readers below…

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In 2007 I bit the bullet and decided to head for foreign climes. We crossed the North Sea from the Firth of Forth to Norway. We skirted the coast southwards to Sweden, through the Skagerrak past Denmark and into Germany. We travelled through the German and Dutch canals and back home through the uninviting waters of the English east coast. Most, but by no means all of the journey was sailed solo.

When I returned I wrote what started out as a ‘log’ of the trip. This is not, as you can probably spot, a tale of astonishing derring-do and bravery in the face of insurmountable odds. Neither does it purport to be a pilot book or sailing directions. It’s just the story of an achievable summer cruise aboard a seaworthy wee boat.

Hopefully there’s enough detail of the places I visited to whet the appetite and give you some idea just how good a cruising ground this part of the coast of Scandinavia is, or make you want to head for the surreal sailing waters of Holland’s canals.

As I say the story started out as a ‘log’ of the trip. But I really couldn’t be bothered keeping the kind of detailed sailing log that tells you exactly when I made a slight course change and how many Wheatabix I had in my long-life milk that morning.

Many people have remarked that the account I wrote ought to be used for kindling. Taking their kind words to heart a version of the tale is now available on Amazon for the Kindle. Click on the cover image below to go to that bit of


Skagerrak Cover with text


This image appears quite a lot. It is Zophiel’s battery charging wind turbine and her wind vane, which is part of the wind powered self-steering system, taken against a blue blue sky in Norway. If you are struggling with the grainy black and white photos on Kindle, all the images in ‘Skagerrak and Back’ are available on PDF here.


Or go to the UK Martin Edge Author Page at Amazon or


Zoominandoutable Map of Zophiel’s trip around the North Sea, ‘Skagerrak and Back’