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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Marsö - Kalmar

Having enjoyed some anchoring time, we wanted to capitalise on the forecasted good westerlies by sailing as far into Kalmarsund as possible. So, early start… With just a little issue. Overnight the water level had dropped, and Lille Ø was aground. With some combination of warping with the anchor, moving weight to bow, and using the engine we managed to pry ourselves loose and get under way.


Initially the going was really good. We were losing to the 50ft boat sailing the same direction, but reaching hull speed even while utilizing the hydrogenerator. There were thoughts of needing to reef.

But no, the wind dropped drastically as we got closer to Blå Jungfrun, and the wave period conspired to almost stop us completely. As the speed through water dropped, we had to switch from the windvane to the electronic autopilot, which promptly delighted us with a couple of unintended tacks with a NO DRIVE error (a new one!). Likely because the speed was too slow for the pilot to steer, but something to keep in mind.

Eventually the wind came back and we kept blasting along Kalmarsund on a beam reach. Around sunset we decided that we’d aim for the Kalmar guest harbour, as we know it well and it is lit well enough for a nighttime arrival.


Night sailing was fun as always. Stars, satellites, and using the sector lights to navigate. We had seen very little shipping during the whole day, but of course there appeared two freighters to deal with around the narrowest part of the Kalmar fairway near the bridge. AIS is certainly helpful in these situations!

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
22.08. 4:28 Z 57°39'24"N 16°41'25"E 203° 0kt 2706.1NM wind 1.2kt 359° baro 1016 hPa Started main engine
22.08. 4:39 Z 57°39'27"N 16°41'20"E 295° 3.1kt 2706.1NM wind 12.6kt 272° baro 1016 hPa Motoring
22.08. 4:43 Z 57°39'38"N 16°41'34"E 69° 4.7kt 2706.4NM wind 11.2kt 257° baro 1016 hPa Autopilot activated
22.08. 4:52 Z 57°39'44"N 16°42'36"E 83° 3.9kt 2707NM wind 9.2kt 244° baro 1016 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1. Bergie on watch
22.08. 5:00 Z 57°39'36"N 16°43'30"E 135° 4.6kt 2707.5NM wind 10.6kt 249° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 5:01 Z 57°39'33"N 16°43'37"E 131° 5.1kt 2707.6NM wind 13.3kt 252° baro 1016 hPa We were stuck aground while trying to leave. The water level had dropped by 20 or so cm and we did not take it into account. We tried to reverse over the hump, but no luck. Suski went to the bow, did not help, Bergie came too. Did not help. We brought the anchor line to front and pulled. It dragged us deeper to the shallow because pulling from the bow only turns, we should have put it through the back cleat first. So we put the engine on forward tucker and both bulled on the anchor line in the bow. We heeled enough that the foreward tucker pushed us over the rock and we were released. Expected damage, scratches on the keel at the back.
22.08. 5:18 Z 57°38'46"N 16°45'37"E 122° 5kt 2708.9NM wind 13.2kt 237° baro 1016 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
22.08. 6:00 Z 57°35'44"N 16°50'59"E 173° 6kt 2713.2NM wind 17.2kt 257° sea state 2/10 clouds 5/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 6:30 Z 57°32'32"N 16°51'4"E 177° 6.9kt 2716.4NM wind 16.9kt 254° baro 1016 hPa Sighted Blå Jungfrun, 18NM ahead
22.08. 7:00 Z 57°29'45"N 16°50'40"E 185° 4.7kt 2719.2NM wind 11.7kt 264° sea state 3/10 clouds 3/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 7:17 Z 57°28'18"N 16°50'11"E 192° 5.1kt 2720.6NM wind 12.2kt 280° baro 1016 hPa Autopilot deactivated, windvane steering
22.08. 8:00 Z 57°24'56"N 16°49'42"E 193° 4.3kt 2724.1NM wind 11.1kt 238° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 8:12 Z 57°24'18"N 16°49'57"E 139° 3kt 2724.7NM wind 10.9kt 238° baro 1016 hPa Autopilot activated, not enough wind. Really unfortunate wave period causing hobbyhorsing
22.08. 8:27 Z 57°23'42"N 16°50'29"E 162° 2.8kt 2725.4NM wind 6.8kt 202° baro 1016 hPa Port upper shroud was missing a split ring. Good that spotted it on time when I went forward to stow the inner forestay
22.08. 9:00 Z 57°22'14"N 16°51'46"E 159° 3.2kt 2727NM wind 10.9kt 204° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 9:04 Z 57°22'2"N 16°51'53"E 168° 2.9kt 2727.2NM wind 10.1kt 215° baro 1016 hPa Autopilot set to wind mode
22.08. 9:41 Z 57°20'23"N 16°53'54"E 139° 4.7kt 2729.3NM wind 10.5kt 176° sea state 2/10 clouds 2/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1016 hPa Autopilot deactivated, windvane steering
22.08. 10:00 Z 57°19'24"N 16°55'1"E 154° 3.4kt 2730.4NM wind 10kt 202° baro 1016 hPa Suski on watch
22.08. 11:00 Z 57°16'16"N 16°54'26"E 208° 3kt 2733.9NM wind 8.7kt 251° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 11:49 Z 57°14'2"N 16°53'11"E 246° 1.1kt 2736.3NM wind 6.6kt 249° baro 1015 hPa Autopilot activated
22.08. 12:00 Z 57°13'42"N 16°53'6"E 186° 2.8kt 2736.7NM wind 8.9kt 266° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 12:59 Z 57°10'27"N 16°51'30"E 191° 2.3kt 2740.1NM wind 11.1kt 245° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 13:09 Z 57°10'6"N 16°51'21"E 0.6kt 2740.5NM wind 9.1kt 236° baro 1015 hPa Autopilot deactivated. We’ve now had a couple of instances of tiller pilot stopping in hard to starboard with error “NO DRIVE”
22.08. 13:11 Z 57°10'6"N 16°51'23"E 164° 2.4kt 2740.5NM wind 8.2kt 236° baro 1015 hPa Autopilot activated
22.08. 13:17 Z 57°9'49"N 16°51'29"E 165° 2.8kt 2740.8NM wind 9.4kt 228° baro 1015 hPa Autopilot deactivated. Starbuck on. Windvane steering.
22.08. 14:00 Z 57°7'39"N 16°52'3"E 168° 3.5kt 2743NM wind 11.4kt 226° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 15:00 Z 57°6'4"N 16°49'50"E 215° 3.4kt 2746.6NM wind 12.8kt 274° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 16:00 Z 57°2'24"N 16°45'16"E 220° 4.9kt 2751.1NM wind 14.3kt 269° sea state 2/10 clouds 1/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1015 hPa Bergie on watch
22.08. 17:00 Z 56°58'46"N 16°39'30"E 202° 4.2kt 2756NM wind 8.8kt 266° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 17:34 Z 56°56'31"N 16°37'41"E 207° 4.5kt 2758.5NM wind 10kt 270° baro 1015 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
22.08. 18:00 Z 56°54'39"N 16°36'5"E 206° 5.5kt 2760.5NM wind 12.6kt 273° baro 1015 hPa Nice sunset view of the Borgholm Castle
22.08. 19:00 Z 56°49'57"N 16°32'49"E 199° 2.9kt 2765.5NM wind 6.8kt 292° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 19:03 Z 56°49'49"N 16°32'45"E 198° 2.8kt 2765.7NM wind 6.3kt 295° baro 1016 hPa Autopilot activated
22.08. 20:00 Z 56°46'1"N 16°30'33"E 183° 1.7kt 2769.7NM wind 5.1kt 253° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 21:00 Z 56°43'15"N 16°27'48"E 223° 4.4kt 2772.9NM wind 9.8kt 283° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 21:31 Z 56°41'53"N 16°24'52"E 213° 5.4kt 2775NM wind 10.1kt 257° baro 1017 hPa Autopilot deactivated
22.08. 21:45 Z 56°40'50"N 16°23'48"E 211° 4.1kt 2776.3NM wind 6.9kt 243° baro 1017 hPa Sails down, motoring
22.08. 22:00 Z 56°39'46"N 16°22'57"E 212° 5.1kt 2777.4NM wind 6.1kt 243° baro 1017 hPa Hourly position log
22.08. 22:16 Z 56°39'37"N 16°21'47"E 0kt 2778.1NM wind 3.8kt 264° baro 1017 hPa Stopped

Time lapse courtesy of Saillogger: