Jul 26, 2017

Cover Girl - Dolphin Dance on På Kryss magazine

Photo of Dolphin Dance can be found on the cover of Swedish boating magazine På Kryss (nr 5/2017). The magazine is published by Svenska Kryssarklubben and is also available at App Store or Google Play. Photo was taken in July 2016 when sailing north towards Bothnian Sea and Kylmäpihlaja island

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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