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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Hanko - Benskär

The start was planned to the timeslot when we expected the least wind. If we can plan ahead for a nice departure weather, we will do so. As the day promised some speedy sailing, we prepared the staysail on deck. Right outside of the harbour we hoisted our full mainsail and sailed with only that before our first gybe that followed some 15 minutes later. After the gybe we poled out our staysail and headed dead downwind on the narrow inner fairway west of Cape Hanko.


As the day grew older and the gusts were going over 25kn, we reefed the main. With less pressure for steering we glided forward. As the horizon grew darker and darker we decided to not go to our original planned destination but instead head to a nature harbour closer to our location. Sailing in a thunderstorm is not our preferred tactic.


Benskär has couple of different options for scandic mooring and as we are the only boat in here, we could have our pick. Now we are tied to two big pine trees waiting for the rain to come. On the other side of the island we can hear the waves crashing to the rocks and in our bay we have no wind.


Tonight we start planning for the severe gale coming our way early next week. We are creating an itinerary of protected anchorages along the archipelago. Our plan is to place ourselves over the weekend strategically so that we have multiple options in hopes of choosing the one safe harbour that stays out of the way and cuts out 90% of the expected winds, as we did in Bockhamn.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
03.08. 6:51 Z 59°49'8"N 22°57'57"E 175° 0kt 2296.9NM wind 7.8kt 109° baro 1001 hPa Started main engine
03.08. 6:57 Z 59°49'3"N 22°57'43"E 265° 4.4kt 2296.9NM wind 10.3kt 101° baro 1001 hPa Motoring
03.08. 7:00 Z 59°48'54"N 22°57'20"E 151° 3.8kt 2297.2NM wind 12.7kt 106° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 7:03 Z 59°48'50"N 22°57'16"E 255° 3.8kt 2297.3NM wind 13.7kt 112° baro 1001 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main
03.08. 7:40 Z 59°48'41"N 22°52'49"E 313° 4.9kt 2299.8NM wind 15.5kt 103° baro 1001 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
03.08. 7:42 Z 59°48'47"N 22°52'38"E 324° 5.4kt 2299.9NM wind 13.7kt 100° sea state 2/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1001 hPa Wing onnwing
03.08. 7:44 Z 59°48'56"N 22°52'30"E 340° 5.3kt 2300.1NM wind 18.1kt 114° baro 1000 hPa Autopilot activated
03.08. 7:46 Z 59°49'6"N 22°52'21"E 339° 5.3kt 2300.2NM wind 15.7kt 90° baro 1000 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
03.08. 8:00 Z 59°49'53"N 22°50'41"E 297° 5.4kt 2301.5NM wind 14.9kt 107° baro 1000 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 8:23 Z 59°51'21"N 22°47'29"E 309° 5.6kt 2303.7NM wind 12.1kt 115° baro 1000 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator, looks like sun is coming out
03.08. 8:32 Z 59°51'53"N 22°46'15"E 331° 6kt 2304.5NM wind 18.5kt 116° baro 1000 hPa Autopilot deactivated
03.08. 8:34 Z 59°52'1"N 22°46'4"E 309° 5.2kt 2304.7NM wind 15.8kt 110° baro 1000 hPa Autopilot activated
03.08. 9:00 Z 59°53'33"N 22°42'28"E 324° 5.7kt 2307.1NM wind 15.1kt 105° baro 1000 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 9:14 Z 59°54'23"N 22°40'23"E 298° 6.2kt 2308.5NM wind 17kt 129° baro 1000 hPa Watermaker on, 24ppm
03.08. 9:20 Z 59°54'40"N 22°39'29"E 279° 5.3kt 2309NM wind 19kt 120° baro 1000 hPa Autopilot deactivated
03.08. 9:20 Z 59°54'40"N 22°39'21"E 272° 5.6kt 2309.1NM wind 19.1kt 124° baro 1000 hPa Autopilot activated
03.08. 9:32 Z 59°54'51"N 22°37'1"E 261° 6.6kt 2310.3NM wind 21.8kt 116° baro 999 hPa Autopilot deactivated
03.08. 9:36 Z 59°54'55"N 22°36'14"E 286° 5.6kt 2310.6NM wind 18.5kt 125° baro 999 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
03.08. 9:47 Z 59°55'2"N 22°34'5"E 263° 5.5kt 2311.7NM wind 17.7kt 110° baro 999 hPa Autopilot activated
03.08. 9:56 Z 59°54'57"N 22°32'28"E 242° 6.7kt 2312.6NM wind 24.7kt 122° baro 999 hPa Autopilot deactivated
03.08. 10:00 Z 59°54'46"N 22°31'40"E 248° 5.7kt 2313NM wind 18.2kt 123° baro 999 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 10:18 Z 59°53'47"N 22°28'43"E 235° 5.9kt 2314.8NM wind 20.3kt 124° baro 999 hPa Sails set: Main (1st reef), Staysail. Gusts up to 27kt
03.08. 11:00 Z 59°53'25"N 22°21'13"E 348° 5.4kt 2318.9NM wind 23.9kt 113° baro 999 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 11:26 Z 59°55'42"N 22°19'33"E 354° 5.9kt 2321.4NM wind 19.5kt 136° baro 998 hPa Watermaker off, 25 units, canister full.
03.08. 11:35 Z 59°56'32"N 22°19'8"E 345° 5.9kt 2322.2NM wind 18.4kt 114° baro 998 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
03.08. 11:51 Z 59°57'29"N 22°17'38"E 240° 2.4kt 2323.7NM wind 14.1kt 136° baro 999 hPa Sails down, motoring
03.08. 12:00 Z 59°57'23"N 22°17'29"E 218° 2kt 2324NM wind 2.6kt 131° baro 999 hPa Hourly position log
03.08. 12:04 Z 59°57'20"N 22°17'31"E 43° 0kt 2324.1NM wind 0kt 142° baro 999 hPa Stopped