Week 14 1 – 7 April 2019 Helsingborg – Göteborg, Eriksberg
Finally we are sailing again!
1 April Monday Helsingborg
Due to the predicted south easterly Tuesday, we left our winter berth and moved across the harbour to have an easy start with wind out from the wharf.
We had a visit from Gothenburg just as we moved. 50% of the crew of Chess paid us a two hour visit on route south by car.
Cold but sunny weather.
In the afternoon we had a last coffee together with Björn’s mother, leaving the car in the garage and then a final walk back to Moon.
2 April Tuesday Helsingborg – Bua 77 nm.
Left the wharf 8:30 and the forecast was spot on. Following wind around 20 knots and following current 2-3 knots through the sound. On top of that bright sunshine from a clear sky. Couldn’t be better! Ok it was a bit cold and hadn’t the wind been from behind it would have been quite another scene!
Coming out of Öresund the current decreased and half way we had almost no current at all for the remaining 30 nm. The autopilot didn’t work, but with these lovely condition it was no punishment to attend the helm
The average speed over ten hours sailing was 7,7 knots, not a bad start of the season.
Before sunset we were tied up to a floating pontoon in Bua and our friends Anders and Agneta brought Pizza as a welcome. We were exhausted from all wind and sun and had an early evening after the meal.
3 April Wednesday Bua.
Spent the whole day together with our friends with walks and lunch at their house.
Not much wind today, but still sunny.
4 April Thursday Bua – Tistlarna 22 nm
Anders came, in spit early time, and wished us fair winds and safe sailing as we left Bua. Still no autopilot. We had calibrated it during the stop, but there must be some weird things going on. Annika called the service department and got some input, but that have to wait until we are moored.
The goal for today was the lighthouse Tistlarna, a small group of islands in the outer part of the south archipelago of Gothenburg. It’s actually to narrow for Moon, but in the light wind coming from east we thought it could be feasible.
Very slow comfortable sailing in just below ten knots of wind.
Coming in between the small islands we manage to anchor and then use three ropes ashore to keep Moon in the middle of the little bay. It was close to what we got used to in Patagonia many years ago!
After having secured Moon we took a long walk on the islands, connected with a narrow causeway.
Lots of geese, mainly Barnacle Goose, a few Canadian and one pair of Grey Lag Goose along our route.
Still sunshine bit only warm where the wind didn’t chill us. We finalised the day with a new go on the autopilot. This time it cooperated and seemed to work as it used to do!
5 April Friday Tistlarna – Vinga – Hinsholmskilen 9+9 nm
Due to our exposed anchorage we didn’t want to stay for another night. Left quiet early and motored in light wind due north to Vinga, the famous lighthouse west of Gothenburg.
Arrived early and were secured to the dock already at nine o’clock. We were the only boat, and that was good because there was no room left when Moon have to turn 180 degrees in the little basin.
After a nice walk to the lighthouse and a lunch in Moon, we left for Hinsholmen, one of the big marinas in Gotheburg.
Berit, our sometime crew in other parts of the world, took our lines and we had dinner together in Moon.
6 April Saturday Hinsholmen – Eriksberg 4 nm
Started the day borrowing Berit’s car and bought some must have boat items in Sisjön (Where most of the chandlers in Gotheburg are).
Coming back to Moon we motored into the river and the marina in the old shipyard Eriksberg. Totally surrounded of up to 9 store apartment buildings.
Had dinner together with Nanny, Liv and Magnus in their new flat on the riverside in Eriksberg.
A fun evening with many memories from our meetings on east coast of North America.
7 April Sunday Eriksberg.
Still sunshine and north easterly wind.
Had breakfast in slow pace before we walked across the suspension bridge to the south side of the river where we had lunch together with friends in their apartment. Got some left over stuff from their old boat and took the ferry across the river back to Moon.
We finalized the day with a nice walk in the setting sun along the north waterfront.
Annika & Björn