Week 36 31August – 6 September Skutudden – Borgholm 122 nm 28 km hiking
This month had a little different start. To check the keel and rudder after touching a 1,5 meter deep rock we took Moon ashore for a few hours, using a hydraulic lift. No damages that needed repair were discovered. After we had changed anodes and greased the propeller we were back in water well before lunch and could continue our trip south.
The archipelago stretches several miles east to west and there are many routes to choose between all the way down to Kalmar sound. In the sound there are only a few islands along the coast which has very shallow waters and are best left way off.
Most of the time we had either no wind or wind on the nose, making us use the engine now and then in between tacking. But Moon isn’t a “tacker” in these narrow waters, so of course we had to motor a bit.
Stopped to visit friends in Blankaholm, before we left for Öland, the long island east of Kalmar sound.
In Borgholm we again visited friends whom we spent some days together with going north.
Week 37 7 – 13 September Borgholm – Trolleboda 92 nautical miles 34,5 km hiking
Still the wind was from the south, but now we had water enough to either tack or manage to sail close hauled. We spent one day in Kalmar admiring the old castle. The next day we left in the afternoon. The strong gale had then become more easterly, making it possible to sail close hauled to Bergkvara, a little fishing village some 30 nm south of Kalmar. This became the toughest day of the trip so far, with the main sail fully reefed (second reef) and the cutter as the only headsail, and still we were doing seven to eight knots through water in heavy sea. We were lucky not having to tack, but all the way very close to the wind. When the wind eased a bit we of course slowed down, but 90% of the time we had more than 25 – 30 knots of wind and Moon was flying south. We are so happy for the hull of Moon and that our Swedish sail maker convinced us to buy high performance “super yacht” sails. The cloth is a five layers from Dimension Polyant, still looking as new. Worth every penny in these conditions, not to mention that they have sailed all the way from Thailand.
We had to stay two days in Bergkvara waiting for favorable wind, making long hikes in very nice surroundings. Finally we got nice strong easterlies, but not gale condition, to sail the rest of Kalmar sound and around “the corner” of Blekinge.
Week 38 14 – 20 September Trolleboda, near Ronneby – Råå 146 nm 34 km hiking
We spent the weekend and the beginning of the week at anchor in Trolleboda, visiting Björns mothers sister. Together we drove her car across Sweden to Helsingborg, a three hour drive, to visit Björns mother. The sisters hadn’t seen each other since the Corona virus made everything very difficult, especially for elderly people who were recommended not to travel and meet other people, relatives or not.
In the middle of the week we continued south around Skåne and were lucky to be able to sail each day arriving in Råå south of Helsingborg during Friday.
We borrowed friends car and again visited Björn mother. This time a short half hour drive. She enjoyed the visit but was not feeling well.
Week 39 21 – 27 September Råå – Skalla Hamn, Onsala 91 nm 29 km hiking
Left Råå after a few days meeting friends. We have more than three sailing families to visit in Råå!.
There are only a few nm between Råå and the north harbor of Helsingborg, where we moored Monday for a couple of days. Now in walking distance to Björns mother. Monday morning she had a visit by a doctor, arranged by the nurse, to check on a wound on her leg. On Tuesday we helped her to visit the clinic for more testing and examinations of the wound. Nothing very alarming, but she got some antibiotics. After three days we sailed north leaving her in good spirit.
Thursday we sailed north – a very bumpy ride 75 nm to Bua. Gale from southwest and southerly current made the sea state more or less like washing machine. Arriving Bua shortly after sunset we were quite exhausted!
Spending some days with our friends Anders & Agneta who also take care of our little Skoda car.
On Saturday we continued north spending the weekend on anchor, hiking on the peninsula of Onsala, south of Gothenburg.
Week 40 28 September – 4 October Skalla Harbour, Onsala – Bua 9 nm and a trip by car to Helsingborg 42 km hiking.
Monday morning on anchor we called Björns mother to make sure she was ok before we continued further north. Couldn’t reach her by phone, but later we learned that she had been transported to hospital that morning. We quickly decided to go south again and leave Moon in Bua. But we were in no hurry, due to the Corona we are not allowed to visit patients in hospitals.
Tuesday morning we took our car to Helsingborg to take care of an empty flat and try to serve Björns mother if possible. Second of October we were allowed, one at the time, to visit the patient who were happy to have a visit.
Our trip around Sweden had suddenly become interrupted for who know how long, living ashore and Moon sitting in a berth rented by the month.