Last night of our sailing adventure

August 5-6, 2021

After almost one year out sailing we started our last overnight sail, from Torrö close to Västervik to Bullerö in Stockholm archipelago. It was a nice calm sail, we sailed outside of the archipelago up to Bullerö. When we started the trip one year earlier we sailed the inshore route as it felt safer to close to the islands, but on the return trip we sailed outside as we thought that was easier. No need to worry about hitting a rock or something during the night. Quite some different mindset after a year. We really have become more comfortable with open water and sailing during nights than we were in the beginning of our trip.

We moored at Bullerö, walked around the island and used the sauna in the evening.

Anchored on Bullerö, our last night of our sailing trip…
Bullerö is a very pretty island in the archipelago.

A small beach at Bullerö.
At Bullerö there is a museum about the archipelago and about a group of Swedish artist that used to visit Bullerö frequently. This was their hunting cabin.
The sauna at Bullerö, which unfortunately got burnt down a couple of weeks after our visit 🙁

The following morning we set sail and sail the last part to Vindö, where we got some more people welcoming us. Vindö would be our last stop and where we would leave the boat. We sold Anne-Mon a few days after our return to Stockholm. We already have the ship in Stockholm and two boats would to much work for us, and we wouldn’t have the time to use both of them properly. The new owners plan a long-distance sailing as well and it feels really good that Anee-Mon will head out for some new adventures 🙂

And what about us?

We returned to our jobs September 1st (we were both on a work-leave for a year), we have done some jobs on the ship, spent some weekends in the archipelago with the ship and enjoyed Stockholm life.

But, we don’t feel that we are finished with the whole travel-by-sailboat way of living. We really liked to travel this way and already talked about doing a trip like this again sometime in the future, maybe an around-the-world trip or a similar one as we did now. Time will tell, but we really loved this!

What is left now is to finish all our YouTube-videos, if you don’t want to miss a new video upload don’t forget to subscribe to the videos on YouTube.

We have also finally summarized all our costs we have had during our sailing trip. Click on the link Cost for sailing the Atlantic Circuit if you want to read more about what it has cost for us to do this sailing trip.

And here’s the Swedish version of our costs for sailing to the Caribbean and back: Kostnad för långfärdssegling.

Sailing along the east coast of Sweden

July 28- August 4, 2021

After two nights in Skanör we continued the sail along the Swedish coast. Our next sail would be an overnight sail to Kalmar. We left Skanör quite early in the morning. We wanted to arrive in Kalmar not to late the next day as a gale was incoming. We had booked a spot in the marina to be sure we got a place for the night when the gale would pass.

The sail up to Kalmar started out calm, but when we reached the strait of Kalmar the wind picked up and the last part of the sail we had some strong winds. We reached Kalmar safe and sound in the late afternoon and took a walk around the town.

The castle in Kalmar.
Kalmar marina.

We stayed in Kalmar two night to let the bad weather pass. After that we sailed up to Västervik, with a short stop at anchor one night on the way up to Västervik.

We stayed one night on anchor on the way towards Västervik.
In Västervik we walked around, celebrated Petras birthday.

Västervik was a really pretty town.

After Västervik we stopped by some friends summerhouse outside Västervik for a night before we did an overnight sail back to Stockholm archipelago.

Our first stop in Sweden

July 17-28, 2021

Our first stop in Sweden was Arild, in southern part of Sweden. We stopped there since it was where Petras parents live. We got greeted by our family and friends and spent little more than a week there, enjoying some Swedish summer.

Anne-Mon in Arild.
The cute village Arild. A small picturesque former fishing village.
If ever in Northwestern Skåne, you should visit Holy Smoke, which make really good slowcooked food.
Kullaberg in Skåne has a lot of cool cliffs and hidden swimming places you can walk to.
The lighthouse at the tip of Kullaberg.
A visit to the vineyard in Arild, which also has a really nice restaurant.

After a couple of days in Arild we headed south to sail around the southern tip of Sweden before sailing north again up to Stockholm.

Sailing under the Öresund-bridge. The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark.

We stopped for two nights in Skanör in southern Skåne. Skanör has huge white beaches, almost like being back in the Caribbean.

Exploring the beaches around Skanör.

A “Skåne” styled house, with the wood in a cross-like structure.

In Skanör we enjoyed the sunny weather and had a drink at a beach bar in the evening. We ate dinner at the boat and prepared for our next sail, which would be an overnighter to Kalmar.

 

Sailing across the North Sea

July 11-17, 2021

So after almost a year away sailing it was time for us to start our last longer sailing leg. We would sail from Scotland to the south-west coast of Sweden where Petras parents live.

We left Inverness in the afternoon and sailed with the tide out towards the North Sea. The first evening was calm and we motored all night. The following morning we got some wind and could set sails. Usually during our previous crossings we have filled in what we’ve been doing each day in the log book, but for this crossing we unfortunately did not. So this blog posts will be some snapshots of what we remember from the crossing.

In the beginning of the crossing we sailed through areas with a lot of oil rigs. But still they are quite far from each other. When you look at the charts it looks like it will be so crowded but in reality the distances are quite big. In general it was a good, but slow crossing. As we don’t have any day to day logs we will show some pictures instead.

A pretty sunset the second night of our North Sea crossing.
In the beginning of the crossing we had a lot of oil rigs around us.
One morning we even saw an oil rig being towed by two tug boats. Quite cool!
When we got closer to Norway/Denmark the amount of ships increased a lot, and it was a long time ago we had this many boats around us.
When we got into Öresund we had a lot of porpoises (a small whale, similar to dolphins) swimming behind the boat. They are usually a bit “shyer” than dolphins.
Before we reached our first stop in Sweden we hoisted all our courtesy flags 🙂

We sailed to Arild, in southern part of Sweden as our first stop back in Sweden. When we reached the harbour in the morning we had some family and friends welcoming us.

Caledonian Canal with sailboat

July 8-10, 2021

We had decided to go through Scotland, on the Caledonian Canal with our sailboat instead of sailing around Scotland. One of the reasons is the time saved and also cool to sail through Scotland and on the Loch Ness.

We arrived to Corpach quite late, after the locks had closed for the day. There was a small dock we could moor against next to the first lock. It wasn’t the best spot but it was good enough.

We had pre-booked and paid for the canal before we arrived (at the Scottish Canal website). We showed our paperwork to the personnel and proof of payment.

The following morning we went in to the first lock at first time slot. In Corpach there are three locks you first have to go through. Quite soon you arrive to Neptune’s staircase, a  set of 8 locks. We timed the stairs good and could enter the first lock when we arrived. It was quite tiring to go up the 8 locks and once we were up we moored up on the side of the canal and went for lunch.

caledonian canal sailboat
In the first lock of the Neptune’s staircase.
caledonian canal sailboat
Making our way up the Neptune’s staircase in the Caledonian canal together with two other sailboat s.

We continued along the canal and after a couple more locks we reached Loch Lochy (love the name). By the time we reached the end of the lake it was evening and the locks closed. We stopped in the village Laggan and had dinner at a restaurant boat.

Cozy interior.
The food was simple but good.
Thomas found a friend.

The following morning we got up and continued along the canal. After Laggan there is a really pretty part with trees on both side of the canal.

caledonian canal sailboat

We reached next lake – Loch Oich and sailed through it.

At Loch Oich.
Passing though a lock at the end of Loch Oich.

By lunchtime we reached the staircases at Fort Augustus and we started going down (we had been going down one or two single looks before Fort Augustus). At Fort Augustus it was 7 locks we had to go through. Much easier going downstairs than upstairs.

Fort Augustus is located next to Loch Ness. We moored up along the canal after the staircase and ate lunch in town and took a walk around.

Moored up in Fort Augustus.
The staircase in Fort Augustus.

Next up was Loch Ness. The weather was not very nice and it is a long lake. We did not see Nessie but the cool steep mountains next to the lake. We reached the end of Loch Ness in the evening and tied up for the night.

Urquhart castle.

In the morning we sailed the final part of the canal until we reached Inverness. We took a walk though town, ate lunch, did some grocery shopping and fueled up. We left the canal and Inverness in the afternoon and started our sail towards Sweden.

For us it took almost 2,5 days to sail through the Caledonian Canal. We timed the locks really good most of the time and almost never had to wait for a long time. We paid 3’265 SEK for the canal (320€ / $392), for our 35 ft boat.