Kattegat sailing 2019
24th.. June from Malmøn to Dannemark bay via Smøgen and Kungshamn
18 NM motoring among skerries and through the Sota canal that takes us among fields, cows and sheep and under a bridge that opens when necessary for boats with masts over 7meters tall. The scenery is unbelievable all the way to Danemark bay where We were lucky to pick up a SXK buoy. Summer temperaturs for a while at least and more activity at sea.
10 boats in the bay including Kaskad, HR 38, which participated in the HR rally a week or so ago. We had a fine chat in the evening with skipper Anders and wife Nina.
22-24. June A stay at Malmøn
22. June from Molløsund to Malmøn by motor
We sailed out from Molløsund, leaving the celebrations behind in sunny weather, wind from the west 9m/s. The Midsummer celebrations start on Midsummer day there, different from other places around, so we chose to move on to Malmøn, just over 3 hours by motor, twining our way among Islands and navigational marks. 21,5 NM
19th. June from Skærhamn to Molløsund
After studying the variable weather as well as possible we spent an extra day at Skærham instead of moving further South or over to Denmark. A fine day to fill the larder and take a hike.
A short saIl to Molløsund and have a lovely warm day walking around this quaint village. The harbour is full of baby jellyfish, preventing us from swimming - a cold shower on deck is just as cooling though.
Molløsund is a well known fishing senter still in action. It has 2 shops selling fish and shellfish of all sorts, a narrow Street, cobble Stoned but being dug up now to lay fibercables for Internett. The individual stones are carefully replaced of course. Molløsund is now a popular resort for those escaping from the stress of everyday life, enjoying great seafood and fantastic seascapes. The harbour can take 120 guest boats. «Ellen» from Åsgårdstrand shares the experiences here with us.
We plan to stay here until Saturday 22. June to celebrate Swedish Midsummer before sailing further North.
17th. June. From Elløs to Backevik on Lyr then Skærhamn
Hallberg Rassy Rally 2019
Smøgen to Elløs, easy sailing
15.th June at Elløs, Hallberg Rassy yard
Great weather and almost 40 HR boats sailing the fun regatta.
Siller Lass did reasonably well, taking age into consideration. Fun with so many boats, good weather and a bit of competition.
Time for the dinner and prizegiving soon. Need a shower first,.
13th. June From Grebbestad to Smøgen
Summer sunshine greeted us as we sailied into Smøgen after 24nm among Islands and through Sota Chanel. Pleasant to be in Smøgen with relatively few boats and a lowseason rate in the harbour. Very few shops were open, all were packing out goods to fill their shelves before the weekend.
The number of restaurants and koffee shops was remarkable but most had customers all the same - Nothing else to do apart from taking a hike around the area which had a beautiful maze of paths among the rocks.
12 th. June at Grebbestad
Grebbestad is a typical Swedish coastal town, very busy all summer with thousands of visitors daily, but pretty quiet most of the year The marina is still closed, shops that are open are few and far between. We prefer to come at this time of the year though. There are good paths for hikers, both along the coast and innland. Tanumshede with Rune Stones and Vitlycke Arkeological museum are nearby. A fine place to spend a windy, wet, day.
Lill and Lasse on Bolette sailed in later in the evening and we enjoyed a chat over a glass of wine. They too are taking part in the HR fun rally at the weekend.
11. June from Ekenæs to Grebbestad
Mooring in Ekenæs was simple, few boats there after Whitsun weekend, plenty of space to moor longside just North of the ferry landing area. More sailing boats, all crewed by retired sailors taking a few weeks at sea before the rushtime when hardworking folks have their annual holiday.
After an uneventful evening, spart from a chat with other crews , we had an early night.
11. June From Ekenæs to Grebbestad
A relatively short sail to reached Grebbestad before the forecast rain poured down. 17,5 NM sailing with our Genoa over Koster fjord then among the Islands to Grebbestad, almost 4 hours calm sea and a slight breeze. A little competition on the way overtaking a couple of Swedish boats. The sea temperature is still too low to tempt swimming! Shopping to fill up the galley instead.
Siller Lass leaves Åsgårdstrand for yet another cruise
Why do we leave our home, our garden and our friends and family to lead a rougher life at sea?
This year we have sailed for almost 50 years, since 2005 in our beautiful 37 ft. Hallberg Rassy.
We have sailed round the Baltic, to Scotland, the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland several times. Most of all we like the west coast and North Norway, the best sailing grounds in the world.
We are getting older but still enjoy the challenge of life at sea.
10. June from Åsgårdstrand ton Ekenæs, s. Koster
45 NM, sunshine and wind varying from 7-10 m/s, on average over 8 m/s, more than forecast. An exhilarating 7 hours for the crew.
Siller Lass at sea, summer 2019
Our summer sailing began early, namely on April 12th. at Orust Yacht Service, Hennan.
After a winter inndoors at Orust Yacht Service, we sailed in sunny but chilly weather to Ekenæs on the Southern Koster one day and followed by sailing to our home harbour, Åsgårdstrand next day.
This blogg will describe some of experiences at sea and ashore in the area around the Kattegat