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Reindeer in Reykjavik

Reindeer in Reykjavik

Early AM Arrival in Iceland

Reindeer's 1976 Transatlantic Crossing 

June 26, 1976

Blog Entry #16 

Proceeded up the coast from Reykjanes to Girdhar past Keflavik’s towers, Rounder Girdhar and headed into Reykjavik, twenty miles to the east. Wind in west, thirty knots. Ran in until Grotta Light appeared unlighted. Rounded Grotta. Dropped storm jib. Broke out full main and started engine. Soon engine quit. We had to bleed it and it started again. 
— Reindeer's ship log on June 26, 1976:

As Reindeer approached mainland Iceland and civilization, I remember feeling awed by actual land ahead, huge mountains looming in the distance and a foreign port on the horizon. I felt exhausted, but I was so energized that I couldn't sleep during my off watch time. And then almost suddenly, I realized around midnight something had changed. Apparently, because I had rarely seen any sunshine during the last ten days, I was totally caught off guard how light it was. It would be fair to say because of the heavy cloud cover, the frequent dense fog, the low cloud cover and the almost constant rain during the voyage from Newfoundland to Iceland, I had lost track of daylight. When I asked another crew member for the time, he said 0100. It's 1:00 AM and it's daylight!

 Reindeer stands out with her sails hoisted and drying in a windless Reykjavik.

Reindeer stands out with her sails hoisted and drying in a windless Reykjavik.

As Reindeer neared Reykjavik harbor, I remember noticing two lovers making-out (passionately embracing and kissing) on the rocks of the long breakwater.  With our sails up and no engine running, Reindeer's silent presence startled them as we passed by.  We must have been a rare sight - a sail in these waters and harbor.  It dawned on me later that the couple had not expected anyone in the early or late light of night to intrude on their intimacy early.  Later, I envisioned American teenage lovers secluded on a Friday or Saturday night without the cover of darkness. Where would they go? Can you tell I was single at 26? 

 The harbor in the early morning and the northern mountains

The harbor in the early morning and the northern mountains

 The harbor in the early morning and the northern mountains

The harbor in the early morning and the northern mountains

  Reindeer  finds a temporary berth an Icelandic alongside a coast guard vessel.

Reindeer finds a temporary berth an Icelandic alongside a coast guard vessel.

  Reindeer w ith tallest mast to the left; only one other sailboat in the entire harbor (off to the right). Our crew entered a fishing world; pleasure sailing craft were rare sightings. This was the first calm day we had experienced in 10 days and were still feeling the effects of those four gales.

Reindeer with tallest mast to the left; only one other sailboat in the entire harbor (off to the right). Our crew entered a fishing world; pleasure sailing craft were rare sightings. This was the first calm day we had experienced in 10 days and were still feeling the effects of those four gales.

 A curious rower eyes  Reindeer.

A curious rower eyes Reindeer.

 Some locals water-skiing in Reykjavik harbor.  None of our crew was up for trying this. The air temp was near 40 degrees; the water temp slightly warmer.  

Some locals water-skiing in Reykjavik harbor.

None of our crew was up for trying this. The air temp was near 40 degrees; the water temp slightly warmer.  

 This photo was taken at around 3:00 am. BURRRRRRRRRR!

This photo was taken at around 3:00 am. BURRRRRRRRRR!

Drying Out a Reindeer

Drying Out a Reindeer

Eldey - Almost Iceland

Eldey - Almost Iceland