Visitors

We’ve been fortunate to have had excellent visitors on Stella Polaris. If you would like to join the ranks of the truly awesome, then contact us, because all good things are better when shared. Here are the people that have sailed with us thus far:

Sigrunn

6 days in December San Blas, Panama

Andreas’s mom came to visit us and was the first one to travel both in and out of San Blas with the transport over the mountains. It worked like a charm. Mom was very happy to see how we lived and what we were doing, so that she can relax knowing we are safe wherever we sail. With only 6 days onboard, we did a whirlwind tour of San Blas and were lucky enough to spot a big crocodile when we did a dinghy trip up Rio Diablo next to Nargana. Mom brought us Christmas presents, so we were able to celebrate the Holidays with a flavor of home.

Christian

13 days in November-December in San Blas, Panama

Christian is a croc hunter and a power tanner. Fortunately for the San Blas crocs we didn’t see any of them, but we did see a lot of sun, so Christian was able to do a reverse Michael Jackson. Andreas and Christian have been friends for nearly 30 years, so there was never a quiet moment onboard. Christian made everyone laugh and will be remembered for both: “Jæææææævlig sjef” and “Det e jag, Dr. Alban”. Andreas and Christian were also able to bring Al-Qadim to life in San Blas, unleashing their inner nerds. This was hopefully the first of a string of visiting childhood friends.

Anne Marie

6 days in November 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Anne Marie tends to be in areas when mother nature shows its appearance, i.e earthquake in Greece, so of course she came to Panama when the hurricane Otto came close. Anne Marie brought the game Skipbo onboard, and she made some awesome dishes. Especially the veggie-burgers where she had to pill every single bean before using them. Anne Marie loved to swim, snorkel and explore islands, and she really had an eye for details.

Runar

6 days in November 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Runar loves music and was our DJ onboard. He enjoyed his coffee with Baileys in the morning, and had a number of fun stories to tell around the coffee table. Runar was a little sceptic to sail with people he didn`t know very well, but he ended up having a great time onboard Stella Polaris. The sailing trip had been a “velsignelse” (blessing), as Runar jokingly would have said it.

Hanne

12 days in November 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Hanne came to Panama for a 3 week retreat in warmer climate before ski season sets in back home. She was the quiz-master onboard, and she made some extremely good vegetarian dishes. She brought the book “Hungry student. A vegetarian cooking book” which has become our favorite book while in remote areas with no meat available. Hanne left us with salty hair, and a nice and fresh tan.

Per Christian

12 days in November 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Per Christian is a previous skijumper from Trondheim, and he showed some of his skills by backfliping of the boat. He is also a fisherman, but unfortunately he was not able to pull in any big ones this time. We were surprised (and a little happy) he didn`t bring “Lævva livet” med Åge Aleksandersen onboard. Per Christian was onboard during rainy season, and the weather Gods decided to dump a serious amount of rain during the 12 days.

Elisabeth

12 days in September 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Elisabeth is a chef extraordinaire and a mermaid. She made some out-of-this-World dishes onboard and was fantastic when it came to preparing food and lobster. Elisabeth has plenty of sailing experience, having crewed when Andreas sailed from Panama to Tahiti in 2010. She has close to mermaid like skills in the water and enjoys freediving and exploring the life underneath the surface.

Torger

12 days in September 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Torger is an artist, a thinker and a surfer. He came to us straight from a freediving course in Norway and was keen to hone his skills. He got an enjoyable dose of freediving, and even got a bit more than he bargained for when we met a bull shark while snorkeling the outer reefs on the Hollandaise islands. Torger was instrumental in making Splendor the most popular board game on Stella Polaris.

Frode

25 days in July-August 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Frode has a great skill-set to be a very valuable crew member: he’s a merchant marine deck officer, has worked as a boatbuilder and is an electrician, on top of that he enjoys making food. He is also a firm believer that gin and tonic will keep the mosquitoes away. He had ample chance to improve his free-diving skills while sailing with us, which were evident in the San Blas video. He will always be remembered for his signature dish: ”Barrakunagrateng”- fishgratin made with barracuda, topped with crushed Kuna-bread.

Maren

14 days in July-August 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Maren was our creative chef, able to recreate dishes she saw in food programmes while flying to Panama. She will be remembered for some mouthwatering use of available food resources, in particular the breakfast pancakes with cottage cheese and corn, that has since become a breakfast treat. Though she normally works with numbers, she showed a keen ability as a hairdresser and now has a second profession to fall back on.

Bente

14 days in July-August 2016 in San Blas, Panama

Bente has the biggest smile in the Caribbean sea. Her good mood is contagious and she kept us smiling the entire time she was onboard. She’s also a hard worker, always happy to help out with whatever needed doing. Our torn to bits flag got a second life thanks to her sewing skills. She was also the queen of sunbathing and was able to overcome some fears of the deep blue sea and spent more time in the water than ever before.