Jul 11, 2017

Landsort – the southernmost island in the Stockholm Archipelago

After a provisioning stopover at Nynäshamn, we continued (on the 4th of July) with a short 11 nautical miles' leg to Landsort, which is located by the open Baltic Sea just south of the Nynäshamn peninsula. Landsort is actually the name of the lighthouse on the southern tip of the island Öja, but often the whole island is referred to as Landsort.

There are three harbours on Öja – the norhern harbour 'Norrhamn' is the island's guest harbour with about 40 berths for visiting boats. We rented bicycles from the guest harbour, as there is over two kilometres' distance from Norrhamn to the village and about three kilometres to the lighthouse.  The small village is picturesque and there is a nice little bar by the Västerhamn - that is the western harbour, which is used by the pilot vessels. 

There is also a small eastern harbour, which is located by the steep rocks. The harbour is used mainly by passanger boats, when the sea state permits. However, there were also two small sailing boats in the harbour, but we couldn't find information on the depth etc. from our Pilot book (Arholma-Landsort harbour guide).

Landsort Västerhamn 

Landsort is the oldest lighthouse in Sweden
Öja island is four kilometers long and only 500 meters wide
Saltboden is a nice pub in the western harbour and serves great local beer 'Landsort Lager'

Landsort Österhamn (Eastern harbour)

The northern harbour 'Norrhamn' is the island's guest harbour

Jul 7, 2017

Turning point: Ringsöfladen

Ringsöfladen (58° 44' N, 17° 26,6' E) in the east coast of Sweden was our this year's southernmost point and thus our turning point for the summer sailing trip. Located about 15 nautical miles west of Landsort, Ringsöfladen has a nice sheltered lagoon which resembles Paradiset in the Stockholm Archipelago.

We sailed to Ringsön via Utö (Sweden), Nynäshamn and Landsort. We are currently in Trosa and continue towards Stockholm via Lake Mälaren.

Jul 2, 2017

Hälsningar från Sverige!

We sailed across the Åland Sea from Mariehamn to Stockholm Archipelago on Wednesday the 28th of June. The wind conditions were almost perfect: the northwesterly wind had eased to about 14 to 16 knots, so we were able to sail most of the leg at good speed. The wind only eased in the late afternoon when we were already close to the destination.

 Sailing past Kobba Klintar in Åland

We stayed the first night in a wild anchorage in the Söderarm Archipelago by the Åland Sea. This area is beautiful and location is especially convenient when sailing to/from Åland. We also stayed in this area in summer 2014.

On the following two days the northeasterly wind was very strong so we headed downwind towards the inner Stockholm Archipelago.

 Bullandö Marina

 Bullandö Marina has great facilities and perhaps the finest commercial sauna 
in Stockholm Archipelago

Now we are motoring in calm wind and relatively warm weather towards Utö (in Sweden).

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Jun 23, 2017

Greetings from Åland!

This summer's main sailing trip started on Saturday the 17th of June with a leg from Turku to Korppoo. After that we continued to Åland and Mariehamn, where we arrived on Tuesday. We had some plans to sail over to the Swedish side, but Tuesday was too windy as the northwesterly wind was gusting almost in gale strength.

The boat was left to Mariehamn for about a week and we are back in action on Tuesday next week.

Have a great Midsummer everybody!

On the first two days we had mostly light headwind

Sunday evening in Åland

On Monday the wind veered to north and we got a great 
sailing leg through the southeastern Åland Archipelago

Jun 7, 2017

Early Summer 2017

This spring has passed quickly and we have had not as much time for sailing as we would have liked. Dolphin Dance logged about 140 nautical miles during the first month so we have mostly stayed in the home waters. Last weekend we did a three-day trip to Tammo and Helsingholmen, which is definitely among our favourite harbours in the Finnish Archipelago.

A little bit over week to go until starting this year's main summer journey. Well actually we will officially start our summer holiday from Midsummer, but Dolphin Dance will be sailed to Mariehamn a week earlier. So this summer we will be heading west... more about our plans later.

Testing the drone during the evening sail at local waters

May 13, 2017

Start of the Season 2017

This year Dolphin Dance was launched already on the 2nd of April, which is over a month earlier than normally. However, this spring has been almost record cold here as we have had snowfall almost every other day until the second week of May. There have been some sunnier days in between, but due to the work schedules, we were able to cast-off for the first sail of the season on the 4th of May.

The Thursday evening was clear and beautiful, but we got a bit late start and the temperature dropped quite rapidly when the sun started setting. We arrived to our cruising club's island base at ten o'clock in the evening. First thing to do (of course) was to set fire to the sauna. Some considerate fellow member had already prepared everything so we basically just needed to light the match. That is thoughtful especially at this time of the year, when the weather is cold and people might arrive at late hours. By the way, there is probably nothing better than having a sauna after a cold day at sea (I wonder why Swedes don't get this...)

We stayed in near waters during the weekend, so this was pretty relaxed shakedown cruise for the season 2017.

The first weekend of May was mostly sunny. After that weather took turn to colder again. 

Apr 5, 2017

Back in her element

This year Dolphin Dance was launched over a month earlier than normally. A fairly large renovation project was undertaken during the spring, as the teak deck was maintained and sanded, the blue stripes were repainted and the topsides were polished. The work was finished just in time for the launch, as the spring is early this year and our home bay was already free of ice in the beginning of April.

More about the renovation project in the coming blog post.