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Saturday 17/7

SailingPosted by LarsG Sat, July 17, 2010 17:43:59

BAD, BAD, BAD

Yesterday I had to leave Blå Jungfrun because the anchor couldn’t grip the rocks so I went to Byxelkrok on Öland. When I arrived the harbour was full so I tried to anchor outside – same thing. Fed up I decided to leave Öland for the mainland. Then the engine wouldn’t start. Hoisted sails and left for Oskarshamn. After a while the engine did start and I arrived into a small bay between a couple of islands after sunset. The anchor dragged, but I managed to get a grip finally.

Woke up to a beautiful morning. Decided to go as far as possible. Engine started and I hoisted mainsail and left. Within an hour the sky was dark grey and the wind increased fast. Suddenly I heard a big ripping sound and the mainsail was teared into two!! In a very hostile environment I managed to get it down and hoist the small storm foresail. Then the engine died…

By this time there were heavy, heavy rain, wind and sea with lightnings and thunder. Nothing to do but to carry on.

After a couple of hours the weather cleared up a bit and I set course for mainland which was about 10 Nm away. Of course the wind died, but to and from it came back. I hoisted the mezan sail to steady her up but then it was a bear to stear :(

Finally I reached the coast in the neighbourhood of Västervik and managed to sail in through the entrance but after a while I found a bay and anchored up (more or less…)

Worked on the engine, changed filter and closed one of the tanks with the old fuel. Bled a bit and it came alive again. Limped into a quay next to the sea rescue where I arrived at 17 after only 33 Nm.

Then, final blow, the telephone didn’t work. I had had it in my pocket and I was all soaked. Hope Ericsson dries better than HTC :(

Seems like Sweden is going to be the worst part of the journey!

It’s gonna be an early night…

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