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Sunday, August 6, 2023

Kirjais - Benskär

Our shelter for the storm has been chosen. We will stay in a bay in Södra Benskär. The island has a belt of tall rocks and thick pine trees covering them. This should be good for anything but NE and SW winds.

We started from Kirjais at 9 while still negotiating with ourselves what would we choose as our safe harbour. Tacking against a light easterly wind that came earlier than expected. So we checked all the weather models again. The broad “you will get everything from east to south to west” was now more precise and the worst is expected to be blowing from the south. So we made up our minds.

We enjoyed a lovely beam reach with 10 to 13 knots of wind with practically no waves. Absolutely amazing sailing weather. A fair amount of other sailors were on their way to their chosen destinations. We approached our bay where we saw a yellow Marieholm sailboat tied to the same rock we were planning to use. A small negotiating later, we dropped our anchor on a slightly different angle thatn the marieholm and tied our bow to 2 big pine trees.


Now it’s time to cook lunch and slide into island time.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
06.08. 6:05 Z 60°7'54"N 21°58'15"E 334° 0kt 2354.4NM wind 7.1kt 94° baro 1014 hPa Started main engine
06.08. 6:09 Z 60°7'55"N 21°58'26"E 86° 4.5kt 2354.4NM wind 6.9kt 91° baro 1014 hPa Motoring
06.08. 6:18 Z 60°7'52"N 21°59'44"E 50° 2.7kt 2355.1NM wind 6.7kt 84° baro 1014 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
06.08. 7:00 Z 60°7'2"N 22°3'54"E 140° 4.7kt 2357.5NM wind 8.8kt 82° baro 1014 hPa Hourly position log
06.08. 7:00 Z 60°7'2"N 22°3'54"E 140° 4.7kt 2357.5NM wind 8.8kt 82° sea state 1/10 clouds 6/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1014 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
06.08. 8:00 Z 60°3'10"N 22°10'8"E 144° 4.4kt 2362.5NM wind 10kt 80° baro 1014 hPa Hourly position log
06.08. 8:30 Z 60°1'19"N 22°12'47"E 143° 4.7kt 2364.8NM wind 9.2kt 75° baro 1013 hPa Emptied the bilge
06.08. 9:00 Z 59°59'37"N 22°15'9"E 143° 4.4kt 2366.9NM wind 9.7kt 79° baro 1013 hPa Hourly position log
06.08. 9:24 Z 59°58'5"N 22°17'37"E 141° 6kt 2368.8NM wind 15.2kt 53° baro 1013 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
06.08. 9:34 Z 59°57'27"N 22°17'35"E 216° 3.9kt 2369.6NM wind 12.2kt 88° baro 1013 hPa Sails down, motoring
06.08. 9:44 Z 59°57'20"N 22°17'31"E 100° 0kt 2369.9NM wind 3kt 28° baro 1013 hPa Stopped