2018 South from Svanøy

Arendal sailing club

Saturday 14th. July to Lillesand and Arendal seilforeningen 29 NM 3 hours motoring

We went offshore in the hope of catching some sailing wind, with no luck. We are in real holiday modus now since the good weather continues, make shorter daily trips and relax in the sun.

Arendal sailing club is always welcoming and is one of our favourite stops whether we are on our way South or North. 

 Friday 13th. July from Stokken to Lusekilen i Blindleia  13,6 NM. 2,7 hours mostly motor

A surprise meeting with Kirsikka in Stokken was followed up with a  common anchor in Lusekilen. Fun to meet HR friends again and to appreciate the peace and quietness of an isolater lagoon. Lusekilen is an isolated lagoon with Interesting rock formations around.

Farsund fra høyden, utvidet gjestehavn gir plass til flere på vestsiden

Thursday 12th. July from Mandal to Stokken  3,5 hours.     26,6 nm light warm breeze

Stokken is a favorite natural harbour that we have visited often. Originally a small farming area among islands, now with dry stane dykes, the remains of pastures and wild sheep roaming around. The sea water is now over 20 deg.c for the first time. Relaxing afternoon with a hike round the island. We took an inner route here from Mandal, giving good training in navigation. 

 Wednesday 11 th. July  from Farsund to Mandal.  28 nm. 4 hours.

There was some sailing breeze during the uneventful trip, first the narrow passage through Korshavn without finding friend Arvid at home, then round Lindesnes before winding our way along the inner route to Mandal. To our surprise our friends on Fryd came into port and we had a pleasant evening watching Croatia beat England in the semi final of the World Cup.

We feel we are now in holiday modus, shorter sails and a lazy life.

Tuesaday 11th. July Egersund to Farsund  22 nm. 3 hours , little sailing

We continue meeting interesting families and places and enjoy exchanging experiences.

A fisherman in Egersund

 Sunday 8th. July. From Tananger to Egersund 42,3 NM   5,5 hours sunshine, 5m/s nw wind.

We sailed out and had a following current, so passed Jærens Rev, one of the dangerous points in hard weather, in just over an hour. 

As we sailed along the coast it was easy by the odour to confirm cattle farming ashore.

We arrived in Egersund before the forecast gale, as did many other vessels.  Egersund has all you need within a short distance from the guest harbour.

We stayed over for a day while the wind raged out to sea.

Airial art by CO2 producers
Garden on the hillside, Tananger
A cruise ship approaching as we arrive at Haugesund
Skudeneshavn harbour at festival time


Saturday 7th. July to Tananger,  20 NM.

We are timing our trips to fit the weather since strong winds are forecast the next week, therefore a shortish sail today, out past Kvitsøy to Tananger.

 Friday 6th. July. Bekkjarvik to Skudenes havn 60,9 nm,  8,5 hours,mye seiling  med our Genoa, in winds 10-16 m/s.

Passing Haugesund og inn to Skudenes havn which was full of wooden vessels for the annual festival. We were directed to fender up outside of 4 other boats!. Needless to say, we didn’t  go ashore more often than necessary.

A Polish training ship - washing day!

 Thursday 5th. July from Strusshamn to Bekkjarvik 27,4nm,  3,5 hours 

We often meet foreign boats in Strusshamn , this year a Polish training ship on a long trip taking a day or two’s rest and clean up. Cloudy, chilly start at 6 am. Next day,  Wind from the north 9m/s. Few boats in the marina but it soon filled up.

Bekkarvik has improved greatly during the lastg decade, thanks to the generosity of the local fishing magnate. 

It has become a popular marina for sailors and shoppers!

Fresh sea lobsters, langustines for dinner at Dingja


Wednesday 4th. July from Skjerjehamn  to Strusshamn by Bergen 43 nm. 5 hours sailing when possible but mostly motor drift.

Warm sunshine

Met our friends from Son on Fryd again. Fryd chose to go out to Værlandet from Svanøy and the crew were impressed by the complex of sheltered Islands joined together by small bridges. Coastal Norway has increased the nummer of bridges and road tunnels and ferry services greatly during the last 2-3 decades, an advantage both for the inhabitants and to encourage tourism.

 Tuesday 3rd. July from Dingja to Ramsvika, then Skjerjehamn  10nm 

We went to Ramsvika and anchored up in the lagoon, hoping for another   natural harbour but it wasn’t so inviting. After a couple of hours viewing a tjeld on its nest, the north wind caused the anchor to drift so we moved to Skjerjehamn. Many more visiting boats were there now, than on our stay 3 weeks ago, also guests coming by car or rapid ferry. Interesting  chatting on the pier as usual, learning about other people an marinas.

Our fishing luck hasn’t struck yet!

Hurtigruten på vei mot Den norske Hesten, ved Alden

Monday 2. July to Dingja  61,16 ˚N/05,29˚E. Fine sailing 3 of 4 hours 15,4 NM

Another short but energetic sail, main sail up and foresail out, wind change in the narrow fjord, sail in, motor on for a while then sail again, all the way over Sognesjøen. 

Dingja is a charming little community with about 40 inhabitants but many visitors come in the summer. Several avtivities and a good bathing beach, kaffe and local store. We look forward to our evening meal of fresh langustines. 


 Sunday 1. Juli 2018 from Svanøy to Hellershamn, 61˚16,5 N/04,deg.58 E.   22nm 3 hours

The warm weather continues and we are in no hurry to get home, so we decide to look for anchorages in sheltered spots in the fascinating  nature around us. Hoping too to be able to fish and take walks ashore. We found Hellershanm where the only sound we heard was a cuckoo in the evening. Paradise!

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