About Cosmic Dancer

COSMIC DANCER V is a Sweden Yachts 38. In the past 10 years she has sailed over 35,000 miles and visited 29 different countries ranging from the artic to the tropics. This is her story.

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News Archive

Summer Solstice in Seattle

The summer solstice saw Cosmic Dancer unwittingly at the centre of a rather unusual celebration. We woke on Saturday morning to find our yacht surrounded by several hundred naked cyclists busily body painting themselves before setting out on the Fremont Solstice Parade Cycle Ride, an event described by the organisers as an ".

Trucking across the USA

The time had come. After 10 years of sailing Cosmic Dancer in European and Atlantic waters we decided it was time to dip her keel in the Pacific for the first time! Having spent last season sailing to what prides itself as the Atlantic’s most westerly seagoing port, Duluth in Lake Superior, all that lay between us and the Pacific was a 1,665 mile road journey across Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington to Seattle, a mere trifle compared to the 3,000 odd miles we sailed in getting from the outer St Lawrence to Duluth, and an awful lot easier than the alternatives of either a NW passage or a 10,000 mile plus passage via Panama and Hawaii.

Picnic's over

We have now sailed just under 1,200 miles this season, almost all of them in near perfect sailing weather with the wind aft of the beam. We haven't had to reef once and the worst we have had to put up with is some fog along the Nova Scotia coast.

The coldest place on earth -but with sticky velcro

If the weather statistics are to be believed we are now sailing in the coldest place on the planet, well maybe not literally the coldest, but the only place on the earth where average temperatures are said to be falling, not rising.

The Waiting Game

Our progress north has been temporarily halted by a broken radar. Although working when we left Cape Cod, by the time we reached Shelburne, Nova Scotia, all it was capable of displaying was " Error 00xx00 - contact your nearest B&G agent for help" - not the sort of error you wan't to see when in a country that doesn't have a authorised B&G agent.

Heading North

Heading North We could not have asked for better weather for the first leg of our trip north. A ridge of high pressure has dominated the north eastern seaboard giving us clear blue skies and gentle winds for the 350 mile leg from Newport to Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

A new decade beckons

As we start our 11th season of sailing Cosmic Dancer, in many ways it seems like only yesterday that we were tentatively nosing our way out of the Lymington River having just taken delivery of Cosmic Dancer from Berthon, bound for Cowes on our first shakedown sail.

Has summer arrived?

When we reached Cape Breton Island we thought summer had finally arrived. However, since then the weather has been more capricious than ever. Steaming hot sunny days have been interspersed by more prolonged periods of wet and foggy weather, as a seemingly never ending series of small weather systems have tracked through.

Crossing Continents

It may only be 70 miles, but crossing the Cabot Straits felt like we had crossed into a different continent. We started the journey from Port aux Basques in the tail end of a 40 knot gale, clad in full thermal suits and foul weather.

South from St Johns

The past week has seen us work southwards from St. John's. First stop was Fermeuse, a small fishing village at the head of a narrow fjord with a rather intimidating entrance, but perfect shelter once inside.