Sailing

Sailing · 18. August 2018
So we finally made it to Uttervik for the crayfish party with Camilla and her family. Camilla and I met school year 1987/88 when we both were exchange students in Idaho, USA. Since then we've been friends! So coming to Camilla with family is like coming home for me. We had sought shelter for the thunderstorms in Nävekvarn and got a rain break motoring to the get fast at the bathing pier in Uttervik. Our maneuver went well and just when tying fast the rain broke loose again. When is got...
Sailing · 17. August 2018
Today we started with breakfast in the sun, then cleaning the boat and off we were around 11h. Predictions told us thunderstorms would come around 16h and until then wind would increase. Well this came earlier. We headed for Stora Uttervik first were if possible we would have fastened the boat at the bathing pier, but the wind and direction made that impossible. So we sought shelter in the nearby harbor Nävekvarn. We got here just before the thunder hit with heavy rain. Now we are ready to try...
Sailing · 16. August 2018
When we fasted here at Arkösund harbor at 14.20 o'clock today I suddenly realized: Full circle around south of Sweden is complete! Second week of sailing, June 11th I was here with Christin, her brother Morten and her cousin Thomas. It's become the second last week and I'm here again with Christin. This time her son Alvar. Veronica and Antje are also with us on the boat. Wow! This really is an accomplishment, I'm proud!
Sailing · 15. August 2018
Today rain stopped and we went to Harstena a beautiful island here with a small group of houses and a mini grocery shop, bakery and a restaurant. We placed the boat in a sheltered bay and went for a walk to find everything. On the way here Alvar performed superbly steering again, this time motoring in narrow passages between islands.
Sailing · 14. August 2018
Today sleeping in the natural harbor we were woken by raindrops hitting the boat at 4 in the morning. All morning it continued to rain off and on. Predictions had been rain from 13h on, that's why I had ordered my crew to leave at 9 o'clock. Plan was to get to Fyrudden's harbor before the big rain hits that also compromises visibility tremendously. We first enjoyed a great breakfast with baked up buns and then were ready to leave at 9, but just then a pour again. So we left 30 minutes later...
Sailing · 13. August 2018
So yesterday we only got 3 sm far from one Västervik harbor to another one called the resort. It was connected to a huge camping ground. We discovered a nice walk with small bridges over some islands just next to the ground. Well getting there wasn't to hard, even some sail practice we managed to fit in in the short distance. But I out of security had decided to wait until today to start a longer leg due to the Kuling warning, gust of up to 18 m/s and normal wind 6 m/s. With such an...
Sailing · 11. August 2018
My very supportive team Anna, Antje and Dirk left today, after we had a good day getting to Västervik yesterday and having dinner together for a last time. I will miss them and shed some tears, when they parted with the taxi. Half my new team Antje M. and Veronica were already in town yesterday and Christin and Alvar arrived shortly before lunch today. All of them came to the boat around noon and we quickly got situated as well as organized. I and Alvar stayed on the boat. Alvar tried to catch...
Sailing · 10. August 2018
I woke up shortly after 4 o'clock and heard thunder. Then I checked the weather rain radar and saw a massive thunderstorm heading our way. I got everyone up and we got ready to have some rain and rough conditions. After all of us were dressed in raingear we noticed the anchor was not holding well. We put the motor on backwards, keeping us steady while the gusts hit and lightning was around us. We were lucky over us not the center of the storm seemed to pass rather the edge. We saw that more...
Sailing · 09. August 2018
You already know about us hitting the rock, but not how that day continued. We managed to pass the rock without hitting it at the second try and anchored towards rocks in a natural harbor just south of Oskarshamn. The place looked like a small lake and all of us went for a swim after we were properly tied up. Then there was Anna's quiche that we looked forward to and we were not disappointed. After dinner we had a go at the Japanese chicken game with chopsticks. Dirk came up with the idea to do...
Sailing · 08. August 2018
Short update on last 2 days: Great sailing from Bergkvara to Kalmar 2 days ago with a super supportive crew for getting the sail fixed. They even treated me to a wonderful dinner at the restaurant Gröna Stugan in Kalmar. The next day while we were waiting for the sail to arrive from Stockholm we continued sightseeing and did some bathing at one of the nice beaches of Kalmar. After mounting the new sail, we quickly got back on the water and headed for Borgholm on the island Öland. Here after a...

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