Last trip ,,season 2017.

As we used to do Christian (sy/ Geist) and I ,, sail around in Bohuslän archipelago before we put our boats ashore for the winter. This year was not Stefan Brunzell on S/Y Franziska with us.

The first leg was to Bassholmen and a SXK-Bouy. We stayed over night and had a delicious  dinner onboard “Geist”. We have set up a “rule ” that we alternate between our boats about serving dinner. Fixed time is 7pm. That is a nice concept  we have worked out due to you are off from the stove every other day and don’t have to think about the dinner and the aftermath.

This year the route was as follow. Stenungsund-Bassholmen-Smögen-Gluppö-Weather islands-Kalvö/Lindö-Strömstad-Råssö-Musö lagoon-Hunnebostrand-Smögen- Slubbersholmen Lagoon- Stenungsund.

We visited Smögen twice and visited our friends and owners of the company “Rössy Kapell” which always treat customers nice and also invited us for breakfast following day. In case you want to upgrade to a new spray-hood or cover over your cockpit,,,  talk to Johan Plahn or Nils Plahn,ph# (+46 52332875),,,they will take care of you and do an excellent job. The company have been around within the family for generations. They are also main supplier to Hallberg/Rassy Yachts.

Johan Plahn also do fishing charter-tours. When we were in Smögen he came by with his fishing boat after a charter tour and hand over todays catch of mackerel and other food leftover from the tour. Very kind of Johan to feed “poor retired sailors”.

Crusader and Geist are now ashore and winterized, waiting for 2018 season. Our new overhauled engines for this season worked great!! Crusader have sailed 1015 Nm this year and the engine have run 170 hours. average fuel consumption was 1,7 liter/hour. Oil consumption “Zero”. I’m a “happy camper”  ,,,,It was worth the money and effort I put in last winter. The overhaul add up to about 2500€ + my labour of course which is free of charge. That in consideration of a Repowering project with a modern 3-cyl/ 3000+rpm engine , plus new bed and sail drive . All together will that cost easily  13-14000€. Now my fresh Penta MD11C/ 2300 rpm will last for another 4000-5000 hours use.

I will travel New Zeeland and see my friend Kent Borjesson this winter. He has a 55 footer blue water cruiser that I going to mustering on. He lives in the Wellington area so we will be out with his “S/Y Moonshadow” fore some weeks and explore Cooks straight and the archipelago and national park of the Northern part of  South Island. I’m excited!!!!

I will take pics during my sailing “down under” and post it later.

Take care and Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all.

 

Here are some pictures taken during our “Fall sailing”

 

 

 

Midsummer at Kalvö/Lindö 2017

This years midsummer festivities turned out to be a memorable thing. We used to be 2-4 Swedish yachts but this year a flotilla of about 12 American sailing yachts ( 6 have crossed the Atlantic) and the other 6 was chartered here in Sweden. Together with the Swedish 5 yachts in this “tiny” harbor we were record high as 12 yachts and packed.The other who didn’t fit in were anchored outside in the bay. All together about 50-60  sailors were onboard those sail boats. I spotted brands like Hinckley, Morris,J-boat , Swan in the flotilla. What a surprise to meet so many US-people on this little remote island at Midsummer !!

This American group of sailors pertained to the “North American station of The Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs” conducted by Post Captain  Ernest L. Godshalk.. The Swedish host during their stay was GKSS (Gothenburg Royal Sail Club).

It is a small world,,! During the BBQ party ashore later that night I run into a couple from Maine, and it turned out that we had friends in common. The Canadian yacht “S/Y Morgans Cloud” with John  Harris and Phyllis Nickels out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We all took pics of us together with our smart phones and sent to them. What a surprise, small world.!

We left next day and waved goodbye to US-sailors and head North to Strömstad. The next coming days were pretty windy 20-30 knots with gusts up to 40knots from SW.

We sailed around for another week before we head home. The weather wasn’t  that pleasant.

BBQ with the American sailors

Kalvö/Lindö little harbor. fully packed.

the 2 faces to the left were friends to John & Phyllis

Here are the yachts which was anchored in the bay

Part of a long dinner table!! we had fun.

Even a Schooner was chartered

Packt harbor,

Two “midsummer decorated” American ladies

Very long table,,,50 persons at least.

Sörlandet Norway ,May 2017

May 23 Tuesday

I went out with Crusader a day ahead of Christian. I sailed westbound 13 Nm to an SXK-bouy at “Slubbersholmen”, West Mollön island where I stayed over night. 

May 24 Wednesday.

Today I sailed to another SXK-bouy west Grundsund at “Storholmen/Usholmen Islands where I  wait on Christian with Geist who was on his way. He arrived at 6 pm so we spend dinner together and stayed over night. We also made up the plan to cross “Skagerack” to Norway.

May 25 Thursday

Sailed north to Gluppö bay where we stayed for some hours to rest and prepare the cross to Norway and “Sörlandet” later in the evening. Same constellation as last year , S/Y Crusader with me and S/Y Geist with Christian Engerberg singlehanded to Norway. We left Gluppö and passed the Swedish “Weather Islands” at 10pm and destination was Grimstad, Norway. Course 250 degrees.Distance 90 Nm. The current and wind was cooperative so we made 6-7 knots SOG most of the time.

fair winds!!

Everything went OK except that we both felt bad around midnight and “throw up” the Tacos dinner we shared before sailing over. Our analyze afterwards came down to the pre-packed bag of mix sallad imported from Italy. Conclusion “No more imported handpicked washed sallad” in a plastic bags. We both survived but felt exhausted upon arrival at Grimstad  next morning (arrived 11.00am  a 13 hour voyage).

The culprit!!”” Bad sallad!! imported from italy,,,Blää no more!!

May 26 , Friday

We spent the day and night in Grimstad,, Nice town. After fueling  diesel (9NOK/Litre) we went to bed for a “powernap”. Later in the afternoon was shower time. The harbor service place was closed, they do not open up until June 1:st. We were lucky and got the entrance code from a young couple living on a Wasa 38 next to us.They stay all year around on their boat and were students at the university of Grimstad. It was tricky to start the shower,,the token automat was not in service but unlocked, so the trick was to lift up the whole thing and touch a lever to get water ( see picture below). Todays discussing at the table was solar panels. How efficient are they actually?? . Christian have installed an amp gage on his 80 watt solar panel. It show 2-3 amp at max when the panel had no shade. Practical test, I placed my hand on 1 cell and the amp went to zero. After that we “google” on solar panels and found that 80% disappear when any cell is shaded. Conclusion: keep solar panels clear from any shade if you want some charge of your batteries. A student at the university of Grimstad  was studying solar panels efficiency confirm our findings. Interesting!!

Ideal condition on the 80 watt solar panel gave 4amps on S/Y Geist.

skipper Harlin with Crusader and Geist in the background, Grimstad

here I start the shower without tokens.

May 27 Saturday.

Today we left Grimstad at noon and sailed over to beautiful “Tvedestrand”. Very nice sailing conditions today, blue skys and a fresh breeze from SW. Tvedestrand is located deep in a narrow fjord with high mountains on both sides. We arrived early afternoon and went for a walk in the village. A new barge was docked outside the harbor restaurant where they served refreshments and food,,and even live music!!  The band played nice “covers” all night long to midnight. This year both Geist and Crusader have overhauled engines this year and they have run flawless this far. We are both pleased with the performance of our engines!!. Fuel consumption has been this far is 1,9 litre / hour.

Narrow Fjords…

Tvedestrand,,,cleaning deck.

Tvedestrand Saturday night

The docs at Tvedestrand

May 28 Sunday

Todays destination is “Narvika” lagoon north Risör. We sailed inside “Tromöy” island and passed city of Arendal. I do not like the skipper on the little black passenger ferry between downtown Arendal – Tromöy island. Here is why: I’m sailing for starboard wind, the ferry approaching me from astern in a higher speed than I’m sailing and catching up on my port side. Listen to this,,when he is 90 degrees next to me on port side he blow the horn and signal  that he is going to turn right and ask me to clear his way. I was close to the island on starboard so their was not much room to tack. He actually pushed me so I have to take action to avoid a collision. According to the rules at sea,,,should this Motor Vessel to begin with slow down on speed way ahead and safely pass behind me, instead of catching up on my port side and push me toward land of Tromöy. According to me he broke against the following Rules at sea No.1) I’m under sail, 2) I’m on his starboard side, 3: catching up from behind he can choose to pass safely on my starboard side way ahead. Excuse my language,,”,This is a very Stupid professional Norwegian skipper of a passenger ship” who need to be back at school!!!!! Beware of this little black ferry when you happen to be in Arendal,area Norway.

We dropped anchor in “Narvika” later in the afternoon and  a delicious  dinner was served on S/Y Geist. After dinner we lit up a Dominican cigar together with a shot of whisky.

Arendal, Norway

May 29 Monday

The forcast for today was little wind and overcast with chance of fog banks. Today sailed further north to “Skutevik-kilen” inside “Jungfruland” at Gumöy island. During our way from Narvika/Risör we had spectacular scenery of fog pouring down from the mountains. Later we run in to the fog so navigation was relied on Radar and Ais as well as the Plotter. Few hours later and further north the fog bank disappeared and we could safely navigate into the little protected lagoon “Skutevik-kilen”. That night dinner was served on Crusader,”Fish soup”!! was on the meny. That afternoon at dask we spotted an Sea-Eagle sitting on the top of a pine tree. Huge bird,,,! first time I have seen one in the wilderness, amazing! The night was spent on Crusader and we decide to cross skagerack back to Sweden and the archipelago of Koster islands. A trip of 55 nm.

Moisture fog clouds pouring down the mountains

spectacular view!!!

 

A bloody mary was served before the Fish soup

May 30 tuesday

Not much to report today,,,the cross went OK with fair winds,,sailed most of the time. No motoring today as it was yesterday in the fog and no wind. We approached Koster Islands at 3pm and and continue to sail down to Havstensund, where we stayed over night.

May 31 wednesday

Next stop “Smögen” fisherman village. Both of us were invited to family Pettersson for BBQ that night. Weather was OK whole day but the wind was picking to a gale force so we eat inside instead of planned outdoor on the patio. We enjoy the night with Lennart and Ewa and the stories from Lennart who recently arrived back after sailed in the Baltic sea to Lithuania and Estonia and also crossed Sweden through “GOTA CANAL”.

BBQ dinner at family Pettersson

June 1 Thursday

Left Smögen at noon and head south to “Danholmen Island” .Last dinner together next morning we will head for home, Stenungsund. We have had pretty good weather most of our trip except the day with fog and at sunset the temperature dropped to about 4-5 degrees C.

 

June 2 Friday

 

Arrived Stenungsund at noon. Total miles of this round trip roughly 240Nm.Time to regroup and prepare Crusader for the “Midsummer” sailing to Kalvö/Lindö island, the week of june 19.

Fair winds to you all.

First sailing trip 2017

Crusader was launched April 3:d. A sunny day but cold,,only 7C. Everything went OK. My sailing Buddy Christian launched his “GEIST” a Mistral 33 also. The boats was rigged and ready to go same day. Both Geist and Crusader have new engines for this season,,I mean have been completely overhauled and got new liners, pistons,and bearings. Both our engines was due after 4400 hours running. The engines in question are Volvo Penta MD11C.Other upgrades was the sail-drive (Penta 110S ) which have been overhauled too. The saloon has been refurbished too with new white ceiling panels.

The spring was late this year,,,cold and rainy so the first trip didn’t took place until now end of April. Few boats is out there at this time of the year so it is plenty of space in the popular harbors. Thats the reason why we visiting places like Marstrand, Gullholmen, Smögen,,etc early in the season.

We went out Saturday afternoon April 29 and came back Wednesday May 3:d only 4 overnights this time. The forecast was good with nice weather,,,,,finally spring weather has arrived to Sweden. This trip is kind of a “shake down”also. No Problems found so She seems to be ready for Southern Norway at the end of the month. when we were in Smögen a beautiful 58 footer with name “VÅGVIS” came in.She was from Åland. An eye catcher,,very nice design!!,,,I tought it was a “Baltic Yachts”. Next day when I spoke with the owner he told me it’s a “One Off” built by “Båtbyggarna” Rönnäng, Tjörn. The naval architect was “Gabriel Heyman” Sweden.

S/Y VÅGVIS, ÅLAND

S/Y VÅGVIS ÅLAND

S/Y VÅGVIS ÅLAND

Lot of space in Smögen Harbor

Got Fresh “Crayfish” from a fishing boat this morning !!

Crusader moored, Smögen

Leaving Smögen under Blue skys!!!

Thats all for this time,,,first blogg 2017.

Fair winds!!

Summer sailing,2016.

Well well, it haven’t been written much on this blog lately, but here comes a summary of what have happen during the summer. After the Norwegian trip in May, we traditionally spent “midsummer” at Kalvö/Lindö island. The weather was nice so we spent the rest of June sailing around north “Bohuslän” the Swedish west coast.

July 2. I took the train to the city Kalmar where my friend had his  yacht “S/Y Esmeralda ” a  37′ Fantasi lying. My mission was to help him sail around his boat south Sweden to the west coast of Sweden where he would like to spend the summer this year.

July 19. Today we head out with Crusader for a short trip with our grandchild Ida Harlin (8 year) onboard. This is the first time for her to be out with us (grandparents) sailing and stay overnight. Next day we picked up the rest of her family and her little sister Thilde (2 year) in Mollösund. Now we went to “Slubbersholmen” lagoon for swimming and relaxing on the beach. air temp 81 F (27 C). After a wonderful day together we said back to Mollösund and drop the family Harlin of. Due to the excellent weather and promising forecast was for rest of the week, Inger and I decided to keep on sailing as long the nice weather stay. We sailed to Vallerö,Käringön, Lysekil,Röbäcks kile, and then Koljefjord around the big island Orust to our home Stenungsund. We were back Sunday July 24.

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A beautiful old “Swan 48 or 50” designed by Sparkman&Stephens anchored next to us at Vallerö island.

 

July 25 – August 13.  No sailing, Crusader moored at her home berth.

August 14. The forecast for the upcoming week was warm and nice weather with moderate winds (kind of Indian summer) so we head out with Crusader  for another round trip in Bohuslän archipelago. After a couple of days Tuesday august 16 when we were at Smögen fisherman village S/Y Geist with Christian and Ing-Marie show up and joined us for the rest of the week. We sailed north bound to “Sannäsfjorden“, Strömstad, and then North-Koster Island. At N-Koster we met S/Y Swordfish with Marcus and his family onboard. We all were invited to Swordfish for a shrimp party that evening. Marcus have been able to get fresh shrimps from his friend Christer who is a fisherman and owner of the Fishing boat “Axö”. We all enjoyed the party so much so we forgot the time,,,we didn’t got back to our boats until early next morning.

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S/Y GEIST and S/Y Crusader tied together at Lammön, Sannäsfjorden.

August 20. We left Koster in the morning and head south to Bovallstrand for fueling at the Marina. After a quick visit at Bovallstrand we dropped anchor in the cove north Bovallstrand at Valö. All 4 SXK-bouys were  already occupied by other sailboats.Off course another day of head wind,,,so motoring again. I haven’t use the engine so many hours before as I have this year,,,always wind in your nose.

August 21. Today we all decide to sail south to “Fiskebäckskil” and “Lyckans slip”. No wind so we were motoring all the way. Still hot weather and temp in the 80:s (25-28 C). The evening was spent together with Christian and Ing-marie on Geist on Crusader. We all talked about how warm and nice weather we have had this week. Some places in Sweden    reported record high temps,,,,,,,,Global Warming????

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view of Smögen Harbor

August 22. Today we split up and Crusader went home the south route through “Stigfjorden“to Stenungsund.Today “No wind” at all, so again motoring to get home. Geist went the North route back to Stenungsund around the big island “Orust” and “Koljefjorden”.

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Crusader

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Crusader

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GEIST

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GEIST

August 23 –  september 7. No sailing, Crusader moored at home harbor.

Next time Crusader heads out will be in September and “The annual last sailing week with S/Y GEIST and S/Y Franziska.  See you then,,

Fair Winds!!  //Conny S/Y Crusader