Back to Hamburgsund

After a couple of days in Gothenburg we sailed back to Grötö. The weather was really nice and there were quite a lot of boats around. The deep water berths were occupied and we had to moore alongside another sailing yacht. Saturday morning we left in a north-easterly wind. We made good progress north and only had to make two tacks before we reached Albrechtsunds canal and Marstrand. 14 nautical miles and average speed 5,3 knots. When we sailed down to Gothenburg we only saw two or three boats but here at Marstrand there were at least twenty sailing boats moored at the marina. Mooring fee was only 100 SEK including electricity, washing machine and tumbler, great. It looked like nobody had heard of covid-19, the bars and restaurants were crowded.

Leaving Marstrand

We left Marstrand at 09.30 on Sunday morning. Strong easterly winds and with only the mainsail we had nice sailing north.

Swimming Teddy

Through Kyrkesund we had to start the engine but as soon as we left the narrow parts behind we could continued under sail only.

Good speed passing Stånge huvud

Our destination was Bohus Malmön which we reached after 32 miles and 6 hours, average speed 5,3 knots. The marina is very exposed to easterly winds so we decided to moore in the fishing harbour. A really nice and well protected harbour.

Water and electricity was available, mooring fee was 130 SEK.

There are several nice hiking tracks on Bohus Malmön and we spent two days doing boat jobs and hiking. This island is completely hacked to pieces and the granite quarrys has left scars all over the island.

Old quarry

On Tuesday the 20th we motored the 4,5 miles to Smögen and Rössy Kapell to take measurements for a bimini and in the afternoon we continued north through Soten canal and sailed the last 14 miles to Hamburgsund. The wind was from behind and gave us a chance to try out our new boom brake by gybing back and force a couple of times. It still need some adjusting but seems to work well.

The trip to Gothenburg and back was really nice and gave a good hint of warmer days to come.

Towards Gothenburg

We had some appointments in Gothenburg and decided to take the boat. We left Hamburgsund at noon on Saturday the 10th of April. Strong westerly winds and we rolled out the jib and left the mainsail in the stack pack. We managed to keep a average speed of 5 knots with just the jib. The seas were really confused and choppy when we passed Valö huvud, as usual but it only lasts for a short while. We motored through the Soten canal and rolled out the jib again after the canal. After Smögen we had the wind from behind and had smooth sailing. We stopped at Lilla Kornö, after 4 hours and 20 nautical miles of really nice sailing.

Lilla Kornö is a small island with a small harbour, in the summer it is packed with boats but now we were the only visiting boat. Water and electricity was available but no harbour fee, too early in the season.

Mist at Lilla Kornö

This little island is so nice that we decided to stay another day. We went for walks and socialised with the locals, no one lives here all year round but there were a few people around.

Lots of heather
Rock Landscape
Cave
Fresh water pool
Rocks
More rocks
Granite
Lilla Kornö harbour

Tuesday morning we left Lilla Kornö and continued south. We had a broad reach and made good progress, really smooth sailing and good speed. When we moored in the tiny harbour at Grötö in the afternoon our average speed had been 6,5 knots, distance 41 nautical miles. After supper we went for a walk round the northern part of Grötö.

Mist at Grötö

Wednesday morning we motored into Gothenburg, we had a strong current against us but the sun was shining and there was no wind at all and the sea was completely flat.

Älvsborgsbron

We borrowed a slip at Lindholmen, close to all the places we had to visit, all reachable by bicycle.

February excursions

We left Hamburgsund on Saturday morning, the sun was shining and the winds light.

There was no ice, just some slush along the shoreline. We motored to Gluppö-bassängen (the Gluppö basin) and tied up to a mooring buoy. Gluppö-bassängen was completely empty when we arrived. In mid July there is usually around a hundred boats moored here, sometimes even more than two hundred boats but in the end of February there is no problem finding an available mooring buoy.

We inflated our dinghy and motored (can you say motored when the outboard is all electric?) ashore. Our first stop was Fläskö (Pork Island). Quite a lot of climbing and walking on rocks. Fläskö was deserted, no one lives here all year around any more.

Fläskö
The Gluppö basin
Fläskö, view towards Dyngö

We had a nice hike and returned to Mist with all limbs still intact.

After lunch in the cockpit we continued to Florö which was also inhabited. Very nice old buildings. No climbing here.

Florö
Florö

We took the long way back, around Fläskö. A bit cold but really nice.

The Gluppö basin

Sunday morning was fantastic, the sun was shining and the sea completely calm, no wind at all.

Sunday morning at the Gluppö basin

There had been temperatures below freezing during the night and there were patches of ice. We took the dingy round the southern tip of Fläskö and motored slowly towards the little harbour at Dyngö. The inflatable is probably not made for ice breaking but the ice was thin and we managed to get trough the patches of ice without any problem. All jetties are private but we found a good spot to moore the dinghy.

Patches of ice

There was a good trail all the way to the southern end of Dyngö. On the way back we climbed up to the old pilot lookout at the top of the island. The view from up there is breathtaking and sheltered from the wind behind the lookout the sun felt really warm. Spring is on its way. There are at least two people living here all year around and there was some people visiting there summer houses so Dyngö did not feel completely deserted. We also met a cute and very friendly dog.

The old pilot lookout at Dyngö

We went back to Mist, stowed the dinghy and went back to Hamburgsund and dinner with our daughter and family. They served a really good moose roast.

Looking forward to Mars and more weekends at sea, hopefully a little warmer and no ice.

Round Hamburgö

The sun was finally reaching our slip and to get some sun into the cockpit we decided to turn Mist around. The ice situation made it impossible to turn at the dock. We fired up the engine and motored out into Hamburgsund strait. The weather was so nice that we decided to take a trip round Hamburgö. It was rather cold but the scenery fantastic with snow covered islands and islets.

The channel between Hamburgsund and Hamburgö, going north towards “Sunnegapet”.

The temperature minus 7 degrees centigrades.

Passing Sandviksholmen
Sandviksholmen lighthouse.
Saltskärs käring in the distance

New year at Väderöarna

View towards the Storö harbour

The Inn at Storön is open all year around and there is no harbour fee wintertime, you just pay for electricity.

We had booked a table for new years eve, there was five course dinner on the menu. Wine was only served until eight a´clock due to Corona restrictions.

We left our slip before noon the day before new years eve and motored across the harbour for a quick chat with our friends on the yacht Moon.

There was almost no wind at all and we motored out of Hamburgsund and the course was set for Storön, the biggest of the “weather Islands”.

The temperature was a few degrees above freezing and the morning drizzle had stopped. I did not feel so cold. On the AIS we could see that Moon had left Hamburgsund and was heading towards Storön. We could also see three more boats heading in the same direction.

When we reached Storön we reversed into the small harbour, it is difficult to turn in the narrow harbour. As soon as we had tied up it was time to greet Moon welcome and take there lines. At the end of the day there were eight boats in the harbour.

We had a very nice dinner at the inn. There were 46 guests at dinner, not bad considering the location and Corona situation.

On the first day of 2021 we felt it was time to move on and we left the harbour and hoisted our sails headed for Kalvö outside Havsstensund, one of our favourite destinations. When we reached Kalvö our friends on Moon was already there. There was plenty of space for us both in the small harbour.

Mist at Kalvö harbour

At Kalvö, Trossö, Lindö there is plenty of trails and we spent time walking, fixing things on the boat and taking photographs.

Moon left for Resö but we stayed another day. We went into Havsstensund to fuel up and we headed south towards Hamburgsund in a dying northerly wind.

Chatting with Moon

Just south of Tanum Strand we caught up Moon and we sailed together in chatting distance for a while. The wind died and we stared our engines. Moon went for Fjällbacka and we tied up in Hamburgsund before it got dark.