Master plan was to leave Norway and fly back to 2K in Fiji in May – we wanted to see our two new grandchildren arrive safely into this world before we went for new adventures.
Kaia was in Norway, got a very nice job and enjoyed spending time at work, with the grandchildren and with the rest of the family and friends in Stavanger and Arendal.
Kjell accepted a job sailing Core de Lion, a Norwegian registered Swan 65 from 1976, ketch rigged, from Tahiti to Chile and around South America and up along the coast to the Carib. The journey was expected to last from November to March. He joined as crew but before leaving Tahiti the captain got sick and could not leave, so Kjell accepted the job as captain and sailed out in the Pacific Ocean 26th November with 2 crew.
They arrived safely in Chile, Porto Montt after spending 28 days at sea down to almost 46 degrees south in the roaring forties, but even there the roaring winds and seas was not present. They had to go south of several high presures making the trip 4900 natural miles. Coming from warm French Polynesia to Chile was been a cold experience – even if it was summer there.
Destiny had other plans for 2K crew, and before Kjell had finished the first passage to Chile, Kaia had got bad news in Norway regarding her health.
30th Descember Kjell landed in Norway to be at Kaia’s side as she goes into hospital 3rd January 2022 for some heavy chemo treatment.
Kaia has been diagnosed with cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and they are now together facing the hardest journey they have ever done.
But they will ride out this storm and are determined to go out sailing again.!!
2K is still in the sand at Vuda Marina in Fiji, and will stay there safe until we know what the future will bring.
If you want to check in on Kaia and how she is doing, you can find her on Instagram, kaiasjourney