After a long (48nm) but quick (8.5hours) and sunny trip we arrived in Visby on Gotland, right in the middle of the Medieval Week, watched over by real knights! Tomorrow we want to move on however. We,ve both been here before, otherwise it would be a shame to stay for just one night.
On our way to Byxelkrok, in the North of Öland, we passed the Blå Jungfrun (blue or dark virgin). And, like all sailors in olden times, we kept our distance so not to arouse the witches on that island. Apart from that: the wind direction was OK but it was so light that we had… Artikel ansehen
Yesterday we had another dish from our fantastic oven, today it’ll be smoked mackarel with potatoes and a salad. Karsten always says that we eat quite healthy, which is probably true if you forget about the beer, chips and sweets that add to our diet. Geocaching again showed me an interesting site today: this gigantic… Artikel ansehen
What did I write about hope yesterday? Well, this picture says it all, doesn’t it? And after all these days of beating upwind we’ll take the day off tomorrow plus, if the weather forecast is correct, we’ll even have wind from more favorable directions after that.
These four Swedes, calling themselves Quilty, performed the best Irish Folk I’ve ever listened to. My apologies to the Irish, maybe I just haven’t had a chance to listen to their good bands yet! This 1st of August, and supposedly it’s still summer, started with light rain, was just cloudy while we were sailing and… Artikel ansehen
A day in Kalmar with beautiful weather meant: visiting the impressive fortifications around the castle, then I got lucky because when I just wanted to have a look at the cathedral they happened to have a ‚lunch concert‘ with the organ. And we visited the museum with a very interesting exhibition about the Kronan, the… Artikel ansehen
We left Ekenäs with a bad weather forecast, which turned out to be inaccurate. It said 4 bft with gusts of 5 and 6, but it felt more like a constant 5 or 6 with short stretches of 4 in between. Apart from that the temperature has dropped to 18°C (64F), it rained more or… Artikel ansehen
Kristianopel was such a nice little place but we’ve got to move on to reach more nice places. When beating north we were getting close to Öland but that might be a later destination. Most of the time we were making around 6knots, not bad for a boat this size close-hauled. Now we have reached… Artikel ansehen
This was a day of rest. We caught up with our laundry, I did some geocaching and on the way found one, very flat, example of the species that always fascinates me, and one example of the type of caravan that fascinates me. Plus there was time for another cake.
Our idea was to have enough time so that we’d be able to wait for the wind blowing in the right direction. Well, that was the idea. Our course was NNE, weather forecasts for the next days predict ENE, we can’t use the motor again, can we? So we had to beat and 20nm turned… Artikel ansehen