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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Vikavågen - Lagunen

Fjord weather can be quite unpredictable, and today was a good example of that. A wind shift by 20° in the forecast meant a complete 180° on Lysefjord, and suddenly all of our anchoraging bay was a lee shore. Thankfully holding was good, but there was a short steep chop that made the night quite restless.


After the morning coffee we hoisted the anchor from 10m deep, and set sail. In the fjord we had winds mostly above 20kt, and halfway out of Lysefjord there was a second 180° shift that meant we had to tack our way out past the majestic cliffs. Then it started raining.

But what a difference when we got out of the fjords! Wind became lighter and the sun came out. We shook the reefs and proceeded north in nearly perfect sailing conditions - wind around 15kt from the starboard quarter, no sea state, little traffic, and snowcapped mountains everywhere you could see!


For Vappu we decided on a nature harbour that had been recommended by many local sailors: Lagunen is a 17th century marble quarry island with multiple protected bays with crystal clear water and sandy bottoms. Above the surface it looks like the Finnish archipelago, and below like Bahamas!

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
30.04. 5:51 Z 58°56'41"N 6°7'48"E 263° 0.3kt 4039.4NM wind 4.7kt 1° baro 1022 hPa Started main engine
30.04. 6:02 Z 58°56'42"N 6°7'49"E 98° 0.9kt 4039.4NM wind 2.5kt 92° baro 1022 hPa Anchor up, motoring
30.04. 6:26 Z 58°57'31"N 6°9'0"E 269° 4.9kt 4040.7NM wind 19kt 31° baro 1022 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main (2nd reef)
30.04. 7:00 Z 58°56'7"N 6°6'15"E 208° 2.6kt 4042.7NM wind 4.1kt 219° baro 1022 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 7:04 Z 58°56'1"N 6°6'7"E 195° 2.4kt 4042.9NM wind 5.5kt 171° sea state 1/10 clouds 3/8 visibility 7/10 baro 1022 hPa Sails set: Main (2nd reef), Staysail
30.04. 7:56 Z 58°54'4"N 6°4'19"E 298° 5.9kt 4045.9NM wind 21.5kt 152° baro 1023 hPa Back in Høgsfjord and downwind course
30.04. 8:00 Z 58°54'17"N 6°3'43"E 305° 5.5kt 4046.3NM wind 19.2kt 139° baro 1022 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 8:56 Z 58°57'12"N 5°57'36"E 299° 2.6kt 4050.6NM wind 10.3kt 149° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1023 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
30.04. 9:00 Z 58°57'17"N 5°57'23"E 311° 1.8kt 4050.8NM wind 6.2kt 122° baro 1023 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 10:00 Z 59°1'8"N 5°52'12"E 350° 6.2kt 4055.7NM wind 23.6kt 135° baro 1022 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 11:00 Z 59°6'8"N 5°48'17"E 325° 5kt 4061.2NM wind 15kt 165° baro 1022 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 11:34 Z 59°8'31"N 5°46'28"E 336° 5kt 4063.7NM wind 14kt 144° sea state 1/10 clouds 2/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1022 hPa Fishing with the Swedish set.
30.04. 12:00 Z 59°10'37"N 5°45'53"E 5.3kt 4065.9NM wind 16.1kt 139° baro 1022 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 12:28 Z 59°13'6"N 5°46'32"E 355° 5.3kt 4068.4NM wind 20.2kt 124° baro 1022 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
30.04. 12:39 Z 59°14'0"N 5°46'42"E 66° 2.8kt 4069.3NM wind 18.6kt 122° baro 1022 hPa Sails down, motoring
30.04. 13:00 Z 59°13'41"N 5°48'0"E 62° 2kt 4070.2NM wind 4kt 183° baro 1023 hPa Hourly position log
30.04. 13:11 Z 59°13'44"N 5°48'10"E 54° 0kt 4070.4NM wind 1.7kt 154° baro 1023 hPa Stopped
30.04. 13:36 Z 59°13'44"N 5°48'10"E 11° 0kt 4070.4NM wind 9.4kt 154° baro 1022 hPa Started watermaker, 124 ppm
30.04. 14:28 Z 59°13'44"N 5°48'10"E 351° 0kt 4070.4NM wind 3.3kt 30° baro 1022 hPa Stopped watermaker, 104ppm