Summer 2017

The nature workshop carpenter
Ellen and Jon on Lelantina
Apple juice from Eplegården, Slottet, Hurum in background
Carmina Burana scene

Thursday 10th. To Sunday 13th. August

Åsgårdstrand to Oscarsborg then Dragsund, Håøya

A light sail to Oscarsborg fort just by Drøbak in the Oslo fjord. We visit the Island every year, enjoy the surroundings and the chance to visit Drøbak where Jon Erik spent many summers as a child. The aim this time was to see the opera Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The performance on Friday evening was spectacular, colourful, quite fantastic in fact.

On Saturday found a new, to us, natural harbour on Håøya. The good weather continued, the wind calmed down and we had a fine hike to an area that has evolved into a tourist attraction with a nature workshop, a goat farm, a bakery also selling freshly made goatmilk cheese and apple juice. 

We had moored up by Lelantina owned by one of Jon Eriks relatives from Hurum and her husband, Ellen and Jon. An interesting Duntzfelt familytree discussion follwed in the evening.

Back to our home harbour on Sunday, by motor most of the way, enjoying a glass of Apple juice from Eplegården, Hurum. What a fine way to spent a summer weekend!

Sailing 40 NM to Åsgårdstrand
Long hair locks get bound up - and the boys are ready for water skiing!

 Thursday 27th and Friday 28th. July

To Korterødkilen then Åsgårdstrand

Korterødkilen is a really sheltered bay near Sponvika, 59.08N / 11.13E, perfect as a base for our waterskiing grandchildren. Jesper was quite expert at both skiing and wakeboarding, His new begynner friend made a great effort but wasn't quite so sucessful.

Happy family dinner then out to sea next morning after a morning dip. 40nm to home port with one reef in mainsail, doing 7 knots most of the time, a perfect finish to the 3 weeks' sailing holiday.

Colorful flora decorations in Skjærhalden

 Saturday 22. to Friday 28 th. July

From Lillesand to Lyngør, Svensbukta, Stavern, Tallakshavn, Skjærhalden. 

We have had an active, social week visiting new marinas and moorings, sailing when possible and enjoying summer temperatures. After 45 nm sailing we sailed past a colossal oil rig, not now in use , then we met by chance Annette and Nils Hveding as we neared Åkvågkilen in Lyngør fjord. We can  recommend  this lagoon, a lovely natural harbour.

On Sunday we took another longish haul, 37 nm, to Svensbukta via Jomfruland. Light breeze meant motoring some of the way. Early start next morning after a morning dip, first to Nevlunghavn, then Stavern, which we haven't visited in recent years. It is a busy harbour with many attractions for children, including a mobile, foldable climbing wall. Plenty of historical buildings at Fredriksvern and a fine coastal path to Nevlunghavn.

Had dinner with our neighbours from Kongsberg at Tallakshavn next day followed by meeting another Kongsberg family at Skjærhalden on Wednesday. The sail over Oslo fjord was great, the wind just blowing in the right direction and force. Helpfull staff in the marina found a mooring for us.

Oil rig for sale? Eydehavn, Tromøya
Popular climbing wall, both mobile and foldable
Stavernsvern historical building from 1765
Fog today, Friday.

 Sunday 16th. to Friday 21st. July to Risør seilforeningen, Furøya, Tvedestrand then Lillesand

This relaxed holiday aboard continues in a leisurely manner. We sailed southwards to Risør on Sunday and were lucky to find a mooring at the friendly, local sailing club's marina. We met up with Ellen and Freddy again for a "Happy hour"  before dinner. Off again towards Tvedestrand next morning, in good sailing conditions and higher temperatures. We decided to moor up at Furøya. The Island has been upgraded, resembling the original Estate  with natural forests, a 300 year old oak tree, good paths, piers and a restaurant which can be recommended. We also spent a day in Tvedestrand and had just moored up when HR friend Bjørn Akre came aboard for a chat. 

We had a 5 hour sail to Lillesand on Thursday, but found the marina almost full, even  though we arrived early. 120 boats of all sizes have managed to squeeze  in.

We met up with a Syrian family who had been pupils in Kongsberg last year, and were invited to their home for an Arabic dinner. Many thanks to Daniella, Wael and little Reem. Heavy rain has been forecast for 2 days, lengthening our stay till Saturday morning when we intend to sail northwards again. More sailing surprises in store!

Skip enjoys sunshine today
Colorful floral decorations in the "book town" Tvedestrand.
In Tvedestarnd harbour

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