We spent two days in the beginning of August around Sundsvall, known as the town of Stone. The whole city burnt down in the beginning of last century and was to be rebuilt of stone and with broad streets. Makes it very different from most cities in Sweden.
In Sundsvall we again met our sailing friends from Råå and then spent most of first part of August as buddy boats going south.
Fully stocked up we left going south only making overnight stops when the weather allowed for good sailing. If not we stayed until the wind was favourable.
We reach Söderarm ligh house in the northern part of Stockholm archipelago second week of August, a lovely place to visit in light wind condition. We were able to use our dinghy to explore many of the out laying islands. There is only water between Söderarm, the eastern most Swedish outpost, and Finland!
By now our friends from Råå had left us, being on a tighter schedule they had to speed up going south.
We on the other hand had several meetings in this archipelago. Two of Annikas cousins have summerhouses in the northern part and of course being in this part of Sweden for once, we had to pay them a visit.
Annikas brother have a summerhouse further south and there we spent two days working on Moon.
The third weekend we attended a get together in our Ocean Cruising Club on an island close to Stockholm. 18 boats and 38 crew, close to what is allowed due to Corona! A very pleasant afternoon and evening together with people who know what we are talking about and have similar references. That’s actually not always the case when you speak with people whom have not done cruising overseas.
Finally we left Stockholm and its surroundings and sailed south west to Oxelösund where we moored in an empty marina. Having everything to ourselves we cleaned the whole outside of the boat. We had both lots of needles from fur trees and results of hundreds of swallows sitting on Moon one morning the week before.
Left Oxelösund final week of August and had marvellous sailing upwind in light conditions south to archipelago of St Anna where we anchored two nights to take care of a low with heavy rain the last days of August, almost the first rain in August.