30 September Monday Ystholmen – Grönemad 5 nm
We woke up to a soft breeze and the forecast showed wind enough to be able to sail after breakfast.
When the wind increased enough we cast our lines and sailed south in a light breeze. Very slow progress, but we were only to sail five miles to friends in Grönemad.
Moored and had a sandwich before we walked the short trip up to our friend’s house and had coffee. We borrowed their car for a short trip into Grebbestad for some provisioning. Back in Grönemad we emptied the car and then went with Kenth’s boat out at sea and harvest his lobster pots. We got only one that was allowed to pick. It’s not like in Main or eastern Canada!
Back in the house we were served dinner before we in the dark walked down to Moon.
1 October Tuesday Grönemad – Storön, Väderöarna 10 nm + 5+2,5 km hiking (plus many vertical metres)
The strong northerly that started yesterday evening gave us a little disturbed night, but nothing uncomfortable. The morning brought decreasing wind and we were only to sail offshore for ten miles. Due to the rough sea we didn’t leave the jetty until noon. We took a long walk and then coffee up in our friend’s house.
Back in Moon we took off and sailed in rough seas close haul to Väderöarna ten miles off shore. There were only two boats in the little harbour, mainly used for pilots in the old days, and Marianne with the boat Trinda had reserved a space for Moon. Secured at the wharf we took a hike in the sunny but cold weather. Very much up and down, almost climbing in places.
In the evening Marianne had invited us to join her in the restaurant. We had a salmon as starter and cod as main course, very delicious.
The dessert was served in Moon with a glass of wine.
2 October Wednesday Storö – Slävik 20 nm
Both Trinda and Moon was on route mainland and with the wind from north it was easy to turn Moon around in the narrow basin. But coming out was even more narrow. A wide powerboat had moored along the wharf in the small channel. We almost had to use fenders to get by!
We chose to sail towards Soten canal instead of due south offshore because of wind direction. South had meant wind over the stern and very rolly and slow speed.
Having past the non sailing canal and Kungshamn we could sail again, something very good in these lobsterpot infested waters, not catching a line in the propeller.
We rafted to friend’s boat in Slävik after noon. They came down from their hose and we had a pleasant afternoon together in Moon. Evening with dinner was spent up in their house.
Back in Moon it was a bit chilly due to no shore power. But the diesel heater soon made Moon comfortable and warm.
3 October Thursday Slävik – Nordens Ark – Bohus Malmön 12 nm + 7km walking
Quiet night with ok temperature in the bow cabin, but cold in the saloon when we woke up in the morning. Only 13 C when we started the heater.
Cristal clear skies and no wind made the trip into the fjord very comfortable in spit the cold temperature. We moored at the jetty to the park for wild animals. The park has only animals that are close to disappearing and they try to rescue them from extinction.
We walked around in the park for most of the day and were quite cold when we came back in Moon and had a warm soup. Then cast our lines and motored out the fjord in no wind. Moored in Bohus Malmö Marina to get electricity and a more even heating in Moon.
We took a short walk up to the quarry and back before making dinner.
4 October Friday Bohus Malmön – Käringön 16 nm + 4km walking.
Woke up to new wind from north east. No sun and almost rain.
Slow breakfast, waiting for the sky to clear. We saw rain clouds on the rain radar and waited for those clouds to decide if they will come our way or continue north.
Shortly after ten we left the pontoon and sailed south only using our headsails. Who needs the main sail when doing eight knots with only the headsails? Icy wind and apparent wind 40 – 60 degrees across the boat gave us a refreshing trip through the fabulous archipelago all the way to Käringön.
We got the best spot inside the old harbour and didn’t have to use the ”summer pontoons” outside the harbour.
We had lunch and then walked the island.
5 October Saturday Käringön 2km walking
Nice clear sky already in the morning.
After breakfast we took a walk more to the westerly side of the island to be back in Moon before our friends in three boats were to arrive from Gothenburg. A lobster dinner with 14 participating North Sea sailors was on the menu for tonight.
Already after noon they started to arrive. We got one boat rafting and the other two rafted in front of us. Yes the little harbour is very little!
Around seven o’clock we all sat down along a table on the second floor of the little shop that daytime sell all the delicatessen of the sea.
We all got one big (above one kilo) half lobster. Do we need to tell you that everybody got more than enough? Fun evening with lots of wine and lots of bragging about everything…
It was not easy to get to sleep after all that food! We should have saved the claws in a doggy bag and used those in the salad tomorrow.
6 October Sunday Käringön – Tångesund 6 nm
Woke up to a clear sky with a shining sun. Very cold and almost no wind. Around us our friends slowly woke up one by one and after breakfast there was some talking about yesterday… before they dropped off for home. Two took the ferry and the rest left in three boats.
After having waved them off, we had lunch salad. Now all “weekend boaters” were gone and we could calmly prepare for our short trip back to Orust.
We got a light breeze and could slowly sail home to our jetty in Tångesund. The wind died completely when we arrived and we had a little dram sitting in the cockpit watching the last sunshine.