Week 40 1 – 7 October 2018 Helsingborg North Harbour Winter rest 0 nm
1 October Monday
Absolutely quiet night with no wind. But of course being in the middle of a bustling town it’s not as quite as we are used to in a remote anchorage. But that’s something we have to live with during our winter rest if we want to have nearby facilities a big town can offer.
After breakfast we introduced ourselves to the Harbour master and he wished us welcome and he registered us in the big book. Gave us an electrical power meter to be able to charge us for the electricity we will use, that will be added to our “normal” harbour fee.
Sunshine and a soft northeasterly breeze create a nice almost summer climate.
Took a walk in town and had lunch at one of the many small restaurants downtown.
Back in Moon we did some writing before another walk around the harbour. We checked the price for going with the ferry across to Denmark, a very common way to spend an evening in a restaurant on the ferries.
Sunshine most of the day.
2 October Tuesday
The wind tuned up again late this night, together with a lot of rain squalls. There was lot of riggings around us that was singing when we had breakfast, but the rain was gone. The radar showed lots of rain north of us, but Helsingborg seemed to get little of that rain.
Still a slow start, continuing reading and looking at internet sitting around the dining table.
After a late lunch we managed to get out of the boat. Took our wind protecting clothes and took a 40 minutes walk to the car. Due to the strong northerly wind, we didn’t use the path close to water and because of that we came by a small bakery, bought some good pastries for the afternoon coffee together with Björn’s mother.
After coffee we took the car to get some stuff and food. There is a 5% discount for seniors on Tuesdays, so of course we try to do our food shopping today. Back with the car we had dinner and then walked back home to Moon.
Before bed time we checked all mooring lines and fenders to be able to cope with the strong gale coming night.
3 October Wednesday
The night became as expected very windy. The surge in the harbour was quite something. The openings in between the piers that´s suppose to protect the harbour aren’t that well designed. Two times during the night we had to attend and adjust fenders and spring lines to protect Moon from damages and lines from chafing.
Had a late morning due to our interrupted sleep during the night. The wind had its max between midnight and three am, blowing well above forty knots. Still we had more than thirty knots until noon.
Had a late breakfast that kept on including eleven o’clock coffee.
At lunch we still had twenty knots and the water kept Moon’s cap rail aligned with the wharf. Normally we have to step up half a meter to reach the wharf. There is almost no tidal water around Sweden but on the west coast there is a 30 cm / 1 foot regular change during most days.
We took a long walk to the south part of downtown to look at some foreign food stores. Lots of stores had signs and ads in languages we couldn’t read or understand. It really didn’t matter as we could find the type of store we were looking for without being able to read! They had excellent assortment of Feta cheeses, and the lamb was perfect. Bought readymade slow cooked lamb for dinner.
4 October Thursday
Quiet night except for one time to adjust one line when the water came down to normal level.
Breakfast in normal time before we, for the first time in years, used our bikes to get to Björn’s mother for coffee and later lunch.
Back to town we had the wind on our nose and we could sense that there were muscles we hadn’t used for long.
Used the rest of the day to sort out photos to our long postponed albums.
5 October Friday
Quiet night with very weak and some soft rain during the night. Still some rain and almost no wind until noon.
Used the time until noon, working at the dinner table, sorting films and photos. After lunch we took a walk to Björn’s mother and had coffee before we drove the car to the audio central to help Björn’s mother get the right hearing aid.
Drove by the boat so she could have look at the boat. Inside visit will have to wait until Moon is closer to the wharf level in combination with a calm day.
We had dinner before we left the car in the garage and walked back to Moon.
6 October Saturday
No wind and no rain during the night. Overcastted but no rain when we woke up. We launched the dinghy after breakfast to be able to remove the wind vane. Difficult to get the bolts out, but after some efforts we managed to get the heavy stuff up on the wharf. Dismantled the wind pilot into three parts to be transported in the car to Björn’s mother, where it will be stored during the winter.
Annika continued to prepare our new elastic mooring lines. The two already used during the strong gale worked perfect. No jerking and the stretch is 20%. Still they are strong, almost like a Dyneema. The 16 mm have a breaking load of 6 ton.
We helped our neighbor, a Najad 460, to move to a new slip on the wharf. Two powerboats have summer slips at the wharf and they are now moving to their winter hardstands.
We will also have a new slip as soon as the boats in the harbour are lifted up on the nearby hardstand in two weeks.
Later we took a long walk downtown before we came back and had a shower before making dinner. The marina has excellent showers with warm floors and lots of free hot water.
7 October Sunday
The predicted rain during the night stopped as predicted before breakfast and the sky cleared, giving us a crispy clear morning.
Annika worked through all our courtesy flags. We will only save the one we plan to use in the future and some nostalgic ones. There are some we wanted to saved, but they are completely worn out due to long term use in heavy weather.
Tennish we walked to the car and drove back to Moon to bring the wind vane to the storage.
Had lunch together with Björn’s mother, before we took the car to a big shopping centre to look at a camera and buy a new torch. On the way back we visit the big food mart and bought ingredients for the evening dinner. Tonight there will be four participants. Gunilla, Björn’s brothers ex, will visit for a couple of days.
Annika made a Thai inspired chicken casserole as a main course, different cheese as second and an apple pie for dessert.
It was very good but maybe too much. The walk back to Moon was perfect to get some air and exercise before bed time.
Annika & Björn