Motored slowly into the Blekinge Archipelago at Långören, the old pilot watch. We made a stop here in the afternoon to tak a look at the museum watchtower and the village that keeps it company.
Then we continued towards the Navy base in the town of Karlskrona and spent the night in a bay north of the island of Senoren tied up to one of the Swedish Cruising Club's mooring bouys.
The pic shows the tower at Långören
Almost calm, so we took the opportunity to sleep a bit longer today and didn't haul anchor until 11.
Since we have been pressing on for some days in a row now, it felt really good to relax a couple of hours.
A really light breeze barely kept us moving for a few miles. Then dead calm. Flogging sails in the swell. This is about the worst conditions I could think of, an opinion I guess I share with most sailors.
All the landlubbers I know always worry and ask about storms. Being becalmed is a lot worse, since it gets to your nerves.
Thus we motored the 15 or so miles to Kristianopel. This picturesque little village that was the location for at least two really bloody battles between the Swedish and the Danish Armys in the latter half of the 1600's as I described during last years cruise. I spent three nights here last year waitning for the SW to decrease or veer.
We took the opportunity to wash some sheets and towels here, and it was nice to talk to Sven-Erik, the Harbour Master again. He is a very nice guy and a great personality. Also one of the few still among us, who actually has been 'sailing for his bread' as young.
We really appreciated a hot shower too, since we haven't had one since Nynäshamn. The picture shows the Navy ship 'Visborg' that we met a couple of days ago.
Amazing! The Met Office claims that the NE wind will stay on until after the weekend. Fantastic news for us, less so for whoever wants to sail north. Well, those aren't that many, we meet one yacht per day on an average. In fact the whole archpelago is more or less 'closed for winter'. Summer houses shut and desoleted and so on.
Anyway, we pressed on another day from early morning to sunset and dropped the hook just a cable length from the Castle of Kalmar as shown in the picture of the day.
Quite an exclusive view, huh?
A busy morning. It took us over two hours and several tours in the dinghy to set the anchor furhter away from the boat. Slowly warping us meter by meter toward the same way we entered this cove. Actually it took all 30 horse powers of our new engine combined with working the windlass to make this 'Great escape' happen.
Thank God it worked! It would have been a bit embarrassing to call for help on the VHF in a situation like this.
No harm done, we were under way again and went further south to; yes... yet another of my favourite anchorages, The Old Hag Skerry.
We arrived here an hour before sunset. Just enough to let us explore the skerry from the dinghy and then for me to scrape the growth off from Röde Orm's under water body. Not much antifoul paint left there, three years in the water has taken it's toll and the boat is due for an outhaul.
The pic shows Staffan and me picking 'slånbär' -the ones used to flavour vodka.
In the morning we had a walk across the island to the village together with Staffan.
We were hoping to find some mushrooms, but that was not to happen. We found some wild berries that are excellent to flavour vodka with though, and the village was as picturesque as always including the red water lilies in the pond where the villagers get their drinking water. (see pic)
after lunch Isa and I got going again, while Staffan was to spebd another night before heading back north to Stockholm again.
Yet another fast and exciting trip through the archipelago, until we anchored for the night at another of my favourite spots. Much to my surprise we got stuck in the muddy seafloor when we anchored. I've seen vessels with deeper draught then our's anchor here on numerous occations, but what I didn't take into account was that caused by the mighty High Pressure system, we currently have low water by at least 40 cm's. Oooops!
OK, It was quite late, about to get dark in a few minutes and since there is no tides here, and we were perfectly sheltered from the wind, we decided to go to sleep and hopefully wharp our way out of here in the morning...