Leg 1: From Rostock, Germany, to London was practically without alternative. You have to go west, but the Baltic Sea is rather smooth, as is the Kiel Canal. The North Sea can be rough, but it wasn't until we reached the Netherlands, where we entered an inland waterway. Leg 2: London to Oban, Scotland, should have been protected against westerly winds, but there were strong northerly winds keeping us in Hartlepool. The Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Fort William and farther to Oban was very protected. Leg 3: Moving from Oban through the Hebrides, around Cape Wrath and along the Scottish North Coast to the Orkneys and Fair Isle was partly rough but mainly smooth with the Atlantic swell from behind when going east. Leg 4: This was basically the Irish Sea with an Atlantic swell, but only from Wales to Cornwall. Leg 5: This took us east again along the south coast of England, and then back on where we were with leg 1. It was a better direction, with wind mainly from behind.