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1976 Plan Peterson, Contessa 35
Tessie, NOR 995
2004 New owner, Eric Aandera
2006-07 Sailed Tessie solo from Norway to Malaga
2011 Ran aground on rocks outside Haugesund while sailing in sub-zero conditions, severely damaging the rudder.
2016 Owner: Eric Aandera, homeport, Haugesund (Norway), "navigue par tous les temps à la voile, et plus particulièrement par gros temps, au large du Groenland, dans des eaux glacées"
2017 January, sailing across the North Sea in winter to Lerwick in Shetland for the Up Helly Aa Viking festival
2019 January, sailing across the North Sea in winter to Lerwick in Shetland
Pictures from Facebook 2021,
2022 February, From
Facebook/Internet "‘I know my boat. I
know the waters I’m entering. I know my limitations. Still this situation
is dangerous and can easily take a very bad turn. I don’t encourage anyone
to try this. It will be at your own risk. Storms are dangerous.’ Norwegian
solo skipper Erik Aanderaa is clear at the opening of his most popular YouTube
video, Encountering Storm Force 10.
He doesn’t want people to emulate what he is doing. The 37-year-old has spent years slowly increasing his experience of sailing in heavy weather, crossing the North Sea in the middle of winter aboard his Contessa 35, Tessie, to test his ability, the boat and his equipment, all of which will prove invaluable when he sails to Greenland in July.
His passion also extended to his career choice. After leaving school, he became an apprentice-on-deck on a cargo vessel. His wage was soon put to good use, buying a 22ft Maxi 68, which gave him the freedom to go further afield.
At the age of 22 he accepted the position of first officer on a North Sea supply ship. The extra income allowed him to start looking for a new yacht.
He saw an advert for a 1976 Doug Peterson-designed Contessa 35, built by Jeremy Rogers in Lymington.
Heavily built, with a deep cockpit, manageable sail plan and short distances on deck, it was love at first sight and he bought Tessie on the spot. ‘Then the real fun could start,’ recalled Aanderaa.
In 2006-07 he sailed Tessie solo from Norway to Malaga ‘just to see how the boat and I worked together’. Aanderaa continued sailing Tessie off the west coast of Norway, developing his heavy weather tactics.
It wasn’t all plain sailing. In 2011 he ran aground on rocks outside Haugesund while sailing in sub-zero conditions, severely damaging the rudder. Lessons were learnt though. At the time, he had been wearing cotton gloves which, once wet, failed to keep his hands warm. ‘I lost the feeling in my hands and arms and couldn’t steer properly. I went down to get warm and I ended up in a state of hypothermia and forgot how close to land I was. The next thing I had run aground breaking the rudder to pieces, ending up on a rock out of the water.’ Tessie was pulled off by a rescue boat and, six months later, Aanderaa was sailing again.
He also began videoing his experiences, and posted his first YouTube video, Sailing in Storm! on his Erik Aanderaa channel in February 2015. Like his Force 10 post more than four years later, he was sailing from the island of Røvær to Haugesund. January 2017 was a momentous moment for Aanderaa when he achieved his dream, sailing across the North Sea in winter to Lerwick in Shetland for the Up Helly Aa Viking festival, which has become ‘part of my life’. ‘The weather was perfect with 34 knots of wind to my port beam. It was beautiful to see and feel the power of nature pushing me towards Shetland,’ he says.
He repeated the voyage in 2019 and plans to sail there again in 2020. ‘The cold, heavy weather and the thought of being the only sailboat crossing the North Sea creates the perfect challenge,’ responded Aanderaa when asked why he sails in conditions which would leave most sailors remaining in port. He accepts there is risk involved, but believes preparation can significantly lower that threat.
June, from Facebook "Erik is finally ready for attempt number 3 at sailing his CO35 "Tessie" from Haugesund, Norway, to Greenland and back. We can sit back and follow his progress in the link below. I love to see just what these boats are capable of in the right hands, very reassuring to know whether we are venturing near or far. Hopefully he'll make it this time, certainly leaving in perfect conditions."