Week 37 – 40 2018 Swedish Westcoast – Helsingborg
10 September – 7 October 2018 157 nm
Week 37 10 – 16 September 2018 Hinsholmskilen Gothenburg
10 September Monday Hinsholmskilen
Breakfast in a quiet boat.
Before morning coffee some friends came to see us, not able to wait for the “Open Boat” this weekend.
More people came after lunch.
Our very long time friends Anders and Agneta came for dinner. We had a pleasant evening and they stayed for the night in the aft cabin.
11 September Tuesday Hinsholmskilen
After a good night sleep we had breakfast together before they had to hit the road.
At coffee time another work and sailboat related friend came to look at Moon. He has a Forgus, same as Lindisfarne, so of course he was interested in why we had upgraded.
The day ended up having dinner in our neighbouring boat.
12 September Wednesday Hinsholmskilen
Strong wind and rain when we woke up.
At coffee time friends from southern Gothenburg came to visit us to have a look at our new home. We are happy to be able to have Moon further into the harbour for a side tie this weekend. Moon isn’t designed to have people climbing over the bow and pulpit! In the afternoon we took a long walk and later on we had dinner on our own in Moon.
13 September Thursday Hinsholmen
Another windy night. Today we were on a schedule to visit town. A visit to the eye clinic and to do some laundry.
Walked to our friend Berit and used her washing machine. Had lunch and then we took the tram to get into town and to the eye clinic. We were good, except for the pressure in one of Bjorn’s eyes that needed new medicine, the old drops was obviously not strong enough.
Took the tram back to pick up the dried laundry and Berit drove us back to Moon after dinner.
14 September Friday Hinsholmen.
A new windy night. After breakfast we made sure that there was space enough on the dock at the head of the bay/harbour. We moved Moon all the way into the head and tied up long side to the dock to be able to have people aboard through the gate and not climbing over the bow.
The first couple came shortly before twelve and they came from across Sweden only to see us and Moon. A nice couple that we hadn’t met before, but they had been reading our web site for more than ten years and now wanted to meet us in real life. Very nice to see that our work with the web have been enjoyed by many people. The people that turned up before lunch were all new for us, while after lunch we did know almost all of them that turned up. Lots of colleagues from Björn’s old working place. You can easily understand that there were lots of old memories that came on the table!
The rain started just as the last visitor left at six o’clock.
15 September Saturday Hinsholmen
We are still tied up to the visitor dock.
Rain all night but after breakfast we got a clear sky shortly before the first visitor arrived. As yesterday the first group of visitor was not known by us. At noon there seemed to be a gap in the row of visitors, and we tried to make some lunch. But that was in vane, soon came lots of well known friends for a chat and a look at Moon.
Several we hadn’t met in many years and it became a most enjoyable afternoon.
The last visitor left us before dinner.
Quite exhausted we prepared a simple dinner and then went to bed.
16 September Sunday Hinsholmen
Sunshine when we woke up after a rainy night.
We heard something on deck that we thought was a bird, but when Annika knocked on the skylight something ran ashore. Later when we had breakfast we saw a weasel running on our deck and then over to the dock. We were happy to see that it was no rat!
Just after breakfast came the first visitor, and after that we had full house the whole day, in spite we thought that most people had visit us during the first two days. Around five the rain started and that was just when the last visitor left.
Three intense days with many nice meetings, some we hadn’t met in many years. More than 100 feet walked on Moon’s deck and the same number of eyes inspected Moon below.
Felt like friends and readers found our idea with “Open Boat” a good one.
With all these people visiting us we now even more feel like being at home after all these years on the Oceans.
Nice to prepare dinner in an empty boat. During the day we had nothing more than coffee and a cinnamon bun.
Thanks to all visitors for three nice days with many great meetings.
Week 38 17 – 23 September 2018 Hinsholmen – Vrångö 42 nm
17 September Monday Hinsholmskilen
Rainy night and lots of wind. We were happy to have stayed the night at the head of the bay where the wind had little effect on the boat. Our normal berth at the mouth of the marina is affected by swell through the piled pier and not very “sleeping friendly”.
At eight the workers started lifting boats out of the water and the jetty became very busy. We moved out to our berth, easy as the wind blow perpendicular from our berth. Our friend Berit stood on the dock and took our lines so everything went smooth.
Then she drove us around to various shops to get things we had need for. One thing was our charger for lithium batteries to our drilling machine that brook a year ago. Having been in 110V countries for almost four years we were now finally in Eurpoe and could look for a new charger. Expecting to have to by a new drilling machine to get the charger we were very lucky to find only one charger for sale. It turned out to be the last one and we managed to get 50% discount. Having expected to pay $150 we were happy to pay only $20!! Sometimes life is almost too good.
The rest of the stores, car dealers and chandlers were more or less informative. We have not bought a car since 1989 so we have a lot to catch up. We have decided that we need a car to be able to visit friends and to be able to help Björns mother efficiently. Back in Moon we had lunch before we took the car on a ferry to the islands west of Gothenburg to visit Berits brother and wife.
Nice evening with good food and a fantastic view from the house to the lighthouse Vinga at the entrance to Gothenburg. Then back to town where we stopped at Berits flat and picked up letters that had arrived by mail. Later on we walked back to Moon in the warm and no wind evening.
18 September Tuesday Hinsholmen
Calm and clear night. During the early morning hours south winds started again, but still with a crispy clear sky.
Breakfast and internet as we now finally got our phone card to work.
Tried to read as much as possible about lithium batteries as we are going to meet a couple that have had those installed three years ago.
Then some maintenance. Annika made the cap rail look as new and Björn attended the anchor rod that had got soaked with salt water in the aft locker during our gale south of Island.
In the evening the couple with lithium batteries turned up and we had an interesting evening that was rounded up with dinner in Moon. They planned to go cruising in a year or two, so of course they had many questions.
19 September Wednesday Hinsholmen
Quiet night and early breakfast due to an early visit at our dentist. Before lunch we were both done and cleared for another year. Berit drove us back to town and we did another tour among car dealers before having lunch.
Parked the car and walked up the bridge across Göta Älv to look at the foundations for the new bridge. Impressive, but the disturbance in central town while building all the approaches to the bridge is quite something. Had coffee before we joined Thomas D who guided us down into the new tunnel under the river that is under construction.
Later in his office he walked us through the design for the tunnel and the new lifting bridge. A very interesting afternoon and very tempting to take part in the production.
Back in Moon we had a simple dinner and a film before bed time.
20 September Thursday Hinsholmskilen
This night became absolutely hopeless. Moon was jumping around, jerking the lines. Before two at night we had to move to our aft cabin to get any sleep. The wind eased a bit in the early morning and when having breakfast it was down to twenty knots.
Berit came with her car and we drove to the southern suburbs where we got 100 m flexible six ton strong rope for our winter mooring in Helsingborg. Our old mooring lines are beyond repair. Coffee in Berits flat while Annika cleaned up Berits computer. Back in Moon we had early dinner before Berit drove back to her flat.
In the evening we had friends coming to visit as this was the last night in Gothenburg.
21 September Friday Hinsholmen – Sandviken – Högö 20 nm
Woke up early to be able to go out on anchor before the storm, that supposed to hit us this evening, starts.
After breakfast we disconnected Moon from shore power and started to take the lines one by one. Not more than fifteen knots of wind along
Moon made it relatively easy to leave the berth.
Drove across the water to Styrsö where we eventually thought we could stay during the storm. But the wind was supposed to change from south to west during the blow and the docks where not in a good direction to take care of that big change. Anchoring felt more up to the task for such a change.
Had a nice sailing in building seas and several knots of following current up to Högö where we anchored just before noon. It was only three meters of water making Moon sail at anchor so we used our anchor rider sail to minimize.
The chain is not heavy enough when the depth is less than ten meters to prevent sailing at anchor.
22 September Saturday Högö
Very stormy night! We went to bed shortly before twelve, but due to the noise and the heeling we couldn’t sleep. It also felt necessary to have at least one of the crew dressed if the worst would happen. So in fact we were both up all night watching films and drinking hot water. Around ten in the morning the wind finally came down to strong gale and the situation became more relaxed.
The whole day was spent on anchor keeping an eye on line chafing and the holding.
In the late evening the wind was still strong gale force, but the heeling was not that bad.
23 September Sunday Högö – Vrångö 22nm
The night became much quieter than yesterday. Average wind thirty knots and gusting forty. The sea was still foaming by when we woke up. After breakfast we weigh anchor, not an easy task as the anchor was extremely well digged down in the clay. Had to use the engine at 1400 revs to pull the anchor, having a vertical chain to the anchor secured with a line to a cleat!!
Then we unfurled the headsails and had a nice sailing south to Vrångö where we arrived after noon, had a long walk around the south part of the island, very necessary after two days stuck on the boat.
After the walk we were invited for dinner in one of the old houses in the old fishing village. One of Björn’s former colleagues lives here with his wife.
We had a very nice evening looking at the sunset over the sea from the second floor and later dinner downstairs. This is the second house in a week that has the features that might interest us to a house!!
We were treated with a fantastic fish soup together with delicious homemade bread.
Week 39 24 -30 September 2018 Vrångö – Helsingborg 115 nm
24 September Monday Vrångö – Varberg 36 nm.
Clear sky and lots of stars when we came back to Moon last night after a delicious dinner together with friends in their house.
During early night we got some squalls with hail, but woke up to a sunny morning with little wind from northwest. Had a slow start to wait for the wind to pick up. Left the harbour before noon and sailed south along the coast. We had planned to anchor at Mönster, half way down to Varberg, but the fresh breeze gave us a perfect downwind run that we just couldn’t miss.
We arrived at the inner harbour in Varberg just in time for Annika to visit a clinic that could look at her tick bite. Got penicillin and that made us free to leave when we wanted, not having to wait for the planned time at the clinic on Wednesday.
Had an early night due to all the fresh air and sunshine sailing down the coast.
25 September Tuesday Varberg – Råå 74 nm
Quiet night and no wind. Woke up before eight and still in bed we decided that we shouldn’t wait for the northerly wind on Friday as originally planned. As we already had executed Wednesday’s visit to the clinic we could use the gale warning for today and sail south. Having decided we rapidly went up and cast our lines and left before breakfast. Motored south with a reefed main as stabilize, waiting for the wind that was predicted to start before noon. Three hours later the wind came and we could shut down the engine and unfurl the head sails.
When the wind had stabilized from northwest and 15-20 knots we took out one reef in the main. Moon sails very fast and easy on the helm with one reef in the main and full headsails and soon we were making more than seven plus knots compared with only six under engine.
We had even today porpoises around Moon and in the sky we saw skuas and gannets, not something we remember from when we sailed here more than fourteen years ago. Hopefully it’s a sign of more food in the water.
When we reached the light house at Kullen at the entrance to Öresund we had plenty of leeway and could easily continue our fast open reach down into the sound.
Called friends in Råå, a little harbour just 3 nm south of Helsingborg, and got invited for dinner in their boat. Of course this made us continue past Helsingborg and just after dark we tied up in the Råå Yacht Club. Fifteen minutes later we sat around the dining table in the boat where Erik and Birgitta live when they are back in Sweden.
26 September Wednesday Råå
Woke up around three o’clock at night as the wind was screaming. We soon got used to the sound from all riggings in the marina and fell asleep again. When we later woke up and had breakfast we were fine in spite wind across Moon. The boats in the river got quite a swell from the opening out to sea and were jumping quite a bit.
We borrowed our friend’s car and drew into town to have lunch together with Björns mother. Back in the boat we had a shower before we started to prepare for the evening dinner. We had invited our friends and that always makes preparation more expanded. We had a nice and pleasant evening eating a delicious tuna, together with lots of talk about sailing and cruising.
27 September Thursday Råå
The wind eased during late evening and we got a quiet night. Sunshine when we woke up after a good night sleep. The sunshine kept on until after our late breakfast, but we got no rain and only a light breeze from west.
Used the day for some maintenance on the boat and Annika went through numerous of used cars on the internet.
In the afternoon we took a short walk to the supermarket before preparing dinner.
Quiet evening in front of a film or two before bed time.
28 September Friday Råå
Sunshine and fresh northerly wind when we woke up. This was the wind we originally had planned to use, sailing down the coast from Varberg. Nice to see the forecast being so spot on.
We used the morning to bring up all the chain from the chain locker now when we had only eight feet of water, making it easy to pile up the chain on the bottom. Cleaned the locker and then retrieved the chain while cleaning it. Even if we use a wash down pump while retrieving the chain, it gets dirty over time.
Then we borrowed the car. Had lunch at Björn’s mothers flat and then drove to one of the used car salesmen to have a look.
We bought a small cost efficient Skoda and brought it back to Björns mother’s garage, before we made our way back to Råå in our friend’s car. In the evening we were invited for dinner by Erik and Birgitta. The owners of the boat they borrow, who we knew from before, were also invited.
Had a very fun and nice evening that easily became very late.
29 September Saturday Råå -Norra Hamnen, Helsingborg 5 nm
Slept well and woke up relatively early. The forecast showed us a soft breeze during morning hours. We didn’t want to have strong wind leaving Råå and to get into our winter berth, so before breakfast we untied and started our last leg on this trip.
The harbour in Helsingborg has two basins, the northerly one is shared by the ferries to Denmark and the Yacht Club, only divided by a bridge. This makes the Yacht Club exposed to some surge as the ferries comes and goes. We have Björn’s mother only forty minutes walk north of the harbour, which is the strongest input for choosing our winter harbour. We had tied up well before noon and walked along the sound to Björn’s mother to have lunch together.
Back to Moon we took a longer walk up through the parks overlooking the sound and the Danish castle where Hamlet had his issues. It’s really a nice area.
Back in Moon we had friends visiting. Later Björn went back to get the car back to the harbour. There is no parking fee during weekends and we took advantage of that to be able to fill the car with stuff from Moon to put in Björn’s mothers storing facilities.
Had an early evening and went to sleep already after nine, exhausted after an intense week.
30 September Sunday Norra Hamnen, Helsingborg
Slept well in a quiet boat in spite we are in downtown Helsingborg, and the Yacht Club next door had a party.
After breakfast we filled the car and drove to Björn’s mother. After having had coffee together we drove back to Moon for another round of stuff. In the afternoon we were back with the fully loaded car. We even brought our laundry. Took a long walk before making dinner together at her flat.
Early evening we walked back to Moon along the sound through a quiet town, carrying the laundry in our back packs. Our intension is to have the car in the garage most of the time. When we have made our bikes ready for use, it then will be even faster to get to the car. We have started to get used to all people talking Swedish and we have already heard the ice-cream signal a couple of times.
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