Jun 19, 2011

Gothenburg to Marstrand

On Friday evening we continued with a short leg from Gothenburg to Källö-Knippla, which is an island north west from Gothenburg. During the afternoon the wind increased to about 10-13 m/s and for the first seven miles, it was frustrating motoring headwind. The waves in the mouth of Göta älv were sharp and consequently, our progress very slow. After turning our course to north west, we were able to sail the remaining 6 miles under a partly furled genoa.

Sheltered harbour of Källö-Knippla 

The archipelago around Gothenburg resembles Finnish outer archipelago, but it is much more densely populated

Various architectural styles can be found in the islands near Gothenburg.


To Marstrand
On Saturday we sailed a three hours leg to Marstrand. Southeasterly wind was light, but we were still able to sail the whole leg with gennaker. It is nice to do some more relaxed sailing for a change now. Earlier we have been sailing really long legs - now we have some time to explore the harbours better. Strong southwesterly winds have been forecasted for the next few days so we are cruising along the west coast of Sweden and looking for a suitable weather window to cross to east coast of Norway. It seems that this is the best time to explore the archipelago of the west coast, since in July this place is full of boats. Unfortunately, the weather is not very good at the moment since it has been raining for the last 24 hours now.

Marstrand is an island with about 1400 inhabitants. However, it has a city privliges due to the historical background and is thus the smallest city in the Bohuslän. For sailors, it is best known as a host venue of sailing competions like the Match Cup Sweden. It was also a stopover port in Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.
/Antti


View of Marstrand is dominated by Carlstens Fortress 



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