16 days voyage to Norway.
May 25 S/Y Crusader and S/Y Geist took off for the southern part of Norway. Both sailboats were singlehanded, me on Crusader and Christian on Geist. We begin with a fairly long leg, Mollösund/ Sweden – Lillesand/ Norway,, about 100Nm. We crossed Skagerack over the night, it took us 17 hours and arrived at noon next day. We had close contact through the VHF radio during the night. We notified each other when one of us went to bed for a “Power nap” so one kept the watch of both boats. We were at maximum 1/2 Nm apart. The weather was cooperative and at midnight the breeze died out so we have to motoring the last part. We had an agreement to keep a speed above 5 knots.
May 26,Lillesand is a neat little township were we rested to next day. About 19,00pm a little motorboat (8x3m) came in and docked next to us. The type of boat was typical Norwegian double ended “Snäcka”. After a while we realized that he was alone too and Christian had little conversation with him in English what he was up to? Listen to this, he was a retired Russian fisherman from Murmansk and have bought this little powerboat in Sandefjord/Norway and was on his way to bring it home to Murmansk. That is a long way to go! I guess 1200 Nm and have to pass dangerous passage along the Norwegian western coastline and get around the North Cape of Europe. I hope he makes it,,,he had problems with his autopilot so he was concerned.
May 27 ,Mandal. we sailed further south to Mandal. We didn’t take the famous scenic route “Blindleja” (blind route) instead sailed on open sea. Mandal was our turning point and will take “Blindleja” on our way back. The Diesel price was 9,90/Litre NOK in Mandal (the rate NOK=SEK is the same nowadays) so we took the opportunity to fuel up. In Sweden the price is SEK14,10/litre. The night was spent on a walk in the town.
May28, Ny Hellesund. Today we sailed to the famous Basin ” King Olav Bukta” at “Ny Hellesund” where we dropped anchor. This place was occupied by the Nazis during second world war and an outpost for Hitler to control Skagerack. The entire Island is digged out like a Swiss cheese. Huge cannons was establish here during the war, their is still remaining to look at.The weather get better and better and the sun heat up the air to 23 degrees Celsius, and No rain so far during our voyage.The only entrance for a sailboat is the narrow south gap you can see on the picture below.
May 29. Today we were motoring the scenic route “Blind Leja” north to a bay south Lillesand where we dropped anchor and stayed over next day too due to rain and bad weather.
May 30. No sailing this day,,,reading books,,,and listen to the rain.
May 31 Grimstad. Todays destination is Grimstad where the famous Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen lived when he was young, there is also a Ibsen museum in town. We took a walk in the old town and also claimed up to the church on the top where we got a nice lookout of the harbor.
June 1 Tvedestrand. Today the wind came from northeast which is very unusual direction at this time of the year. In the summer the dominating directions on our latitudes are Nw,W,Sw, so once again we have to use the motor to Tvedestrand. We arrived in the afternoon and the harbor was fairly empty. Tvedestrand is a typical summer town with a lot of vacationers, but the season haven’t begin yet so it was pretty quiet. The nickname for Tvedestrand is ” the town of Books” there is a lot of antique bookstores. We also met the harbor master Rolf again now 80 years old and have been here for at least 20 years,,,he is a character so we spend some time with him.
June 2 Lyngör. Todays destination is Lyngör/island. Again Northeast wind so we have to burn diesel today too. Lyngör is an island with a lot history of tall ship owners/ skippers have lived in the past. There is also a sail loft located there (Doyle) in case of. Downstairs the loft there is a restaurant where you can get served outside along the wall and watch the sunset during your dinner. Lyngör is one of my favorite places on Norways “Sörlandet” (southland).At sunset a neat deer show up and joined us in the sunset.
To be continued , Norway voyage 2016 Part 2.