Sailing in fog to Kristianopel

We might have stayed a couple of extra days in Kalmar. It really is the first good city we have visited in quite some time. Besides being a clean and interesting place to promenade yourself away in, it offered us a safe harbor through some rougher wind and not to forget a place to relax our untrained sailing bodies. Taking this time to charge up and just get living in our boat – now also fully paid and insured (!) was just great. Bunkering diesel was also one of our main-tasks in Kalmar and we should in theory, if the winds are in our favor, now be set all the way to the Norwegian border.

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As mentioned Kalmar was our first big port of call, the next is Copenhagen. On the way we hope to find many great places and I’m looking forward to visit the southern point of Sweden in a few days. It’s supposed to be a bit unruly weather for the coming week, so we’ll take it slow and just enjoy the journey. The last few days in town we could really notice how the many trees are turning their colors, we are heading for winter fast. It is of course very beautiful and seeing all the colors as we are sailing South is amazing. So far the temperatures haven’t gotten to us, but then again we have been lucky with our shore power.

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Our first day from Kalmar we started out with a pretty good wind from northeast and held about 4,5 knots at 190 degrees south. However, our perfect conditions changed a bit as the breeze decided to slow down considerably. When our peak speed was about 1,4 knots we decided to motor in to closest shore. But this area is known to be extremely rocky. Also, since our dept is 1,6 meters there is many places we can’t really go to close to land. Since the forecast was fog and cold wind from north throughout the night we decided to cut our day short after only 15 nautical miles. We found our harbor in Ekernäs. I think this just might be the only place in the area where a small guest harbor was actually possible.

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Captain Simen spent some time searching the local coastline for gold. But it seemed some other pirates had been here before us, back from the hunt he had dug up a tent plug, some scrap metal and an 1-krone coin from 1977. Having a laptop back in our life is great. It does use a bit of electricity, so we better figure something out. We can’t just as well run the engine every time we need a bit of power, it might have to go into storage on certain passages.

The next morning the fog was thick and it stayed thick throughout the day. Lucky for us the wind was pretty steady at about 4 meters a second, which in return provide us an average speed of 3-4 knots. Since Captain Simen doesn’t do well with mornings I took the  the first shift as he took care of some stuff in another world. Maneuvering in fog take a bit more effort, since you have to be alert all the time and can only use your maps and GPS to see where you’re actually going. A bit scary when a huge tanker pass by only 100 meters away, but we have an AIS reader onboard and can see all ships over 45 meters long on a screen – that helps a lot.

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After a long day of 9 hours without seeing a thing except a couple of birds, the lights from Kristianopel was a welcoming sight. The town is old, but currently only house about 88 people. It has been found evidence of people living here all the way back to the stone-age. As it was dark when we arrived we didn’t explore too much, but took instead advantage of the electricity provided to dry our clothes and get some heat in the boat.

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