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Monday, May 1, 2023

Snuggösund - Stora Ålö

The day started grey and drizzly. But hey, it is Vappu, time to go sailing! Forecast had decent southerly winds for the whole day, suiting our general plan to head north.

At 10am we detached from the buoy and hoisted sail. What followed was a full eight hours of nice fast downwind sailing. Given the very narrow and winding fairway, the numerous gybes gave some exercise, as each time we had to move the spinnaker pole over, etc.


Just south of Västervik we were amused by a very American accent on channel 16. “Charlie 11” was talking to “Freedom 1” about having “many enemies in the area”. Ok. 🤷‍♂️

In the afternoon the wind picked up quite a bit, making for sporty cooking. The Bolognese turned out excellent, despite some tomato sauce finding its way to the carpet.

Given the fast sailing we were able to run the hydrogenerator the whole day. With that we ended the sail with batteries at 91%, despite the mostly overcast skies.


Now we’re tied up to a buoy at one the the SXK outer harbours. Lots of buoys and a pier one could tie up to. Apparently in the summer there are also some services here.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
01.05. 8:12 Z 57°32'12"N 16°41'55"E 148° 0kt 543.5NM wind 5.6kt 210° baro 1017 hPa Oile level at half stick. Water under the engine tray (about 2 liters)
01.05. 8:13 Z 57°32'12"N 16°41'55"E 148° 0kt 543.5NM wind 6.4kt 215° baro 1017 hPa Started main engine
01.05. 8:22 Z 57°32'22"N 16°42'22"E 344° 2.7kt 543.5NM wind 9.2kt 263° baro 1017 hPa Stopped main engine
01.05. 8:24 Z 57°32'28"N 16°42'16"E 328° 4kt 543.5NM wind 9.9kt 226° baro 1017 hPa Sailing with Main, Genoa 1
01.05. 8:28 Z 57°32'37"N 16°42'3"E 318° 2.4kt 543.7NM wind 6.3kt 208° baro 1017 hPa Autopilot activated
01.05. 9:00 Z 57°34'10"N 16°41'50"E 31° 4kt 545.5NM wind 8.3kt 215° baro 1017 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 9:40 Z 57°36'47"N 16°45'13"E 5.2kt 548.8NM wind 12.1kt 167° sea state 2/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 7/10 baro 1016 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
01.05. 9:43 Z 57°37'2"N 16°45'16"E 5.2kt 549.1NM wind 13.2kt 160° baro 1016 hPa The moment when you hear on channel 16 "many enemies in the area" with a thick American accent
01.05. 10:00 Z 57°38'25"N 16°45'33"E 355° 4.9kt 550.5NM wind 13.4kt 185° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 11:00 Z 57°43'12"N 16°45'29"E 4.7kt 555.3NM wind 11.3kt 179° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 11:19 Z 57°44'39"N 16°47'44"E 21° 7.7kt 557.2NM wind 17.4kt 181° sea state 3/10 clouds 5/8 baro 1014 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
01.05. 12:00 Z 57°48'14"N 16°51'23"E 14° 5.9kt 561.5NM wind 18.2kt 164° baro 1014 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 13:00 Z 57°53'17"N 16°48'25"E 42° 5.6kt 567.2NM wind 16.8kt 162° baro 1012 hPa Autopilot deactivated
01.05. 13:00 Z 57°53'18"N 16°48'27"E 52° 5.4kt 567.3NM wind 17.9kt 165° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 13:16 Z 57°54'30"N 16°49'8"E 357° 4.5kt 568.6NM wind 12.7kt 185° baro 1012 hPa Autopilot activated
01.05. 14:00 Z 57°58'10"N 16°48'49"E 13° 5.9kt 572.3NM wind 16.7kt 160° baro 1011 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 15:00 Z 58°2'59"N 16°51'39"E 26° 4.7kt 577.6NM wind 16.8kt 171° baro 1010 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 15:06 Z 58°3'31"N 16°51'41"E 5.1kt 578.1NM wind 14.3kt 180° sea state 3/10 clouds 8/8 baro 1010 hPa Sails set: Main. So many gybes ahead that too much hassle to move the pole all the time
01.05. 15:30 Z 58°5'28"N 16°51'24"E 11° 4.8kt 580.1NM wind 12.9kt 159° baro 1010 hPa Autopilot deactivated
01.05. 15:53 Z 58°6'46"N 16°50'10"E 348° 3.5kt 581.6NM wind 11.2kt 219° baro 1010 hPa Sails down, motoring
01.05. 16:00 Z 58°6'55"N 16°49'35"E 297° 4kt 582NM wind 10.2kt 234° baro 1010 hPa Hourly position log
01.05. 16:06 Z 58°6'58"N 16°49'6"E 229° 0kt 582.2NM wind 8.5kt 207° baro 1009 hPa Stopped