17 January 2015 | Kristiansand
We left Ramlandsvågen early in the morning. The weather had turned overcast but otherwise it did not look too bad. No rain and mild air. After some careful navigation (one has to follow charts and instructions meticulously here) we were out of the bay - and into a real sea saw. There had obviously been a southerly blow during the night and large waves met us right in the bow as soon as we were out of the protected area. We were turning east and tried to find a suitable track so we could be protected by a small island or something while turning.
We reached Kristiansand early evening to a sudden downpour of Biblical dimensions. It was like rain I have experienced only in places like Singapore - water from the sky in buckets. Another yacht came in after us, having just been able to steer around one of those whirlwinds full of water (in Norway we call the "skypumpe" - you probably see what I mean). Suddenly it appeared in the very bay of Kristiansand as they prepared for berthing. Pretty dramatic because they could not see a thing and had small control over the boat.
After a not memorable pizza in Kristiansand we turned in for the next leg.