Friday 23. to Saturday 24th. June Elløs HR boatyard
Thunder, lightning and heavy rain enticed us to spent Midsummer in a safe harbour with folk we knew. We saw the traditional song, dance and fun activities in Elløs, a relatively smal community where many are employed building sailing boats. In between heavy showers we became acqainted with the crews of the newly delivered boats, Freya, Mishelene and Isabel. One was to be transported to the Great Lakes in USA, another to the Med. and the last sailed to England. Hallberg Rassy boats are renowned worldwide. Siller Lass sailed out on Saturday morning, while Bolette and Kirsikka stayed on.
Tuesday 20th. To Thursday 22. June. To Bekkevik, on Lyr Island then Elløs
Rather unstable weather as we sail northwards to a mooring in a bay on the east of Lyr. We sailed along with Kirsikka and Bolette, used 2 SXK buoys, while one boat lay at anchor. Wind strength up to 12-14 m/s. Sunshine on Wednesday tempted a brief morning swim.
The anchorage in this natural harbour was almost exotic with swans and other birds swimming around, vast areas untouched islands but also bays with mussel farms nearby.
We are still hoping for less wind, but are thriving none the less!
Sundag 18th.- 20th.June Elløs to Skarhamn
We have had two great days at the boatyard with fantastic sailing, prizes for all, good meals for hungry, thirsty sailors and many new friends among the 38 boat crews. Thanks to Magnus Rassy and family for wonderful organization in a friendly, casual atmosphere.
The weatherforecast showed uncertain wind strengths, and as usual the wind was stronger than forecast today. We measured over 32 knots so we're glad we had chosen not to sail offshore. On the way we passed the Dutch barge in the photo here, sailing at amazing speed into Elløs fjord.
Three hours, 18 nm later we found one of the 4 SVK buoys near Skarhamn vacant. After a delicious lunch we motored round to Skærhamn where there were plenty of moorings, also our friends on Kirsikke and Bolette. Still rather much wind so we spent an interesting extra day in Skarhamn.
We spent an hour or so at The Scandinavian Watercolour museum which had an exhibition of the works of Arne Isacsson, one of the founders of the mueaum. Later in the day an Armada of 12-15 large sailing yachts came into the harbour and brought color to the village. The yachts were on a 14 day cruise with "veteran" sailors from USA, Canada and several European countries.
Thursday 15.th June. To Elløs
We had a good five hour sail from the pilot harbour, Væderøyne to Elløs where Hallberg Rassy has It's boatyard. We were surprised to be met by so many ships and crews, including five other Norwegian boats. We look forward to the rally tomorrow and Saturday.
Wednesday 14th June. To Væderøyne
Siller Lass is now moored up along Storø, one of the Væderøyne islands. Quite a contrast from the mainland harbours. The islands were used for piloting until about 1945 and all the small buildings are now used as a simple holiday center offering conference facilities too. The islands are situated 5 nm. from the mainland, rocky and with some unusual vegetation. An almost exotic natural refuge where we enjoyed a gourmet dinner this evening. There are 15 sailing boats in the main harbour, it seems packed but the harbour master told us there had been as many as 33 one night a few years ago.
Tuesday 13th. June. To Grebbestad
Blue sky, sunshine and no wind - quite a change from yesterday! On our way out from Strømstad we motored by The Malcolm Miller, the three master, Scottish built vessel, now a luxury yacht, and were invited aboard by the Greek, skipper owner, Ajax. Having connections to the original owners, James Miller and family, we were impressed by the refurbishing done to bring the ship more or less back to its former status. The ship is now Bermuda rigged, originally square rigged and will participate in the Tall Ships race the Baltic, with several caddets as crew.
Grebbestad has only a few sailing boats in the harbour, since the Swedish sailing season hasn't started yet. The summer shops are still closed, as are the restaurants. We, as other sailors here, enjoy the peace and quiet.
Monday 12th. June. To Strømstad
The start of our summer cruise with Elløs as our aim this week
Siller Lass left Åsgårdstrand at 8:30 am on course SE towards the Swedish border. We chose to reef the main sail, but not the genoa. This became necessary as the wind increased, up to 30 knots, so we sheltered east of Søstrene for the operation. We had contemplated anchoring in Kosterhavn but found Strømstad a safer, secure marina considering the weather. We covered 39 NM in 5,5 hours. An anchor dram was most welcome after a strenuos sail!
We are by the ferry Pier and have a god view of the "MALCOLM MILLER" sheltering at anchor outside.
1. april 2017
Siller Lass is more or less ready for her first trip having been hoisted up to check for fouling and to polish the propel.
23. April 2017
Snow and up to gale force winds the last few weeks have prohibited sailing. Instead, we do some odd jobs aboard.
Little acitivity all May. Inclement weather and other family events, dinner at Skyttertunet mv
Kept us on dry land.