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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Utklippan - Christiansoe

We left the Utklippan harbour at 8:10, and had the sails up just five minutes later. Tiller pilot was set to a downwind course paralleling the main shipping lane, and we set a preventer to keep things safe. At 9:00 our topping lift got tangled with the radar reflector on our port side main side stay. It took us 40 minutes (and cost one lost beanie) to clear it. At 10:10 we gybed east to cross the shipping lane. By 10:50 the wind had died so we switched to motorsailing on 1st reef to clear the northbound lane. By 12:30 we were clear of the shipping lanes and were able to start sailing again towards Christiansoe. At 13:10 we reached Danish waters and switched the courtesy flag appropriately. Around 15:52 the wind had died, so we dropped sail and started motoring towards the island fortress. We found out that our depth sounder maxes out at 90m. We tied up at 18:50, stern with mooring buoy, at the west island. Just in time to still get dinner and beer at the local restaurant while enjoying a beautiful Baltic sunset.


Marina payment was with a machine at the harbourmaster’s office

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
31.08. 7:10 Z n/a Left Utklippan
31.08. 7:15 Z n/a 220° Motor off, sails up. 2nd reef, preventer
31.08. 8:00 Z n/a Dirk tangled in radar reflector, Suski's red cap went overboard
31.08. 8:40 Z n/a 200° Dirk cleared. Flyover by two Gripens. Nissinen steering
31.08. 9:10 Z n/a 120° Gybed to cross the main shipping lane in about 90° angle
31.08. 9:50 Z n/a 125° wind 10kt Motorsailing with 1st reef as wind died to <10kt
31.08. 11:30 Z n/a 220° wind 15.8kt sea state 4/10 Back to sailing, course to Christiansø. Past main shipping
31.08. 12:10 Z n/a 213° wind 14kt Danish courtesy flag up. One of the oncoming ships is going to Leningrad
31.08. 14:52 Z n/a wind 5kt Motor on, sails down
31.08. 17:50 Z n/a Tied up in Christiansø