Monthly Archives: October 2015

Carra’s Adventures in 2015

kiel mapWhat a variety of sailing locations we have been lucky enough to experience this year in Carra’s voyage from the UK to Sweden. From anchoring in Durgan Bay in the Helford River being watched by a curious dolphin – to hanging off a rock in Trakso Storo in the stunningly beautiful Stockholm Archipelago. We have had some cracking sails though also had to motor a fair bit more than we would have liked. Poor Peter and Chris had absolutely no wind so had to motor from Falmouth to the Dutch coast and then had too much wind to the mouth of Elbe just before the Kiel Canal.nyk map

Our best experience: Seeing Carra in the British Kiel Yacht Club and all the memories it evoked.

Our worst experience: gradually seeing every piece of electronic navigation aid fail as we crossed the major shipping lanes in the Baltic and then having to turn into lumpy sea and beat to a harbour with a safer entrance.

Our favourite anchorage: Ostholmen with is multi-coloured cliff face, the giant sized bird boxes and a well timed visit from the ice cream boat. See the banner picture

Our favourite harbour: Utklippan – a tiny desolate rocky island 12 miles offshore from the Swedish Coast – with its ochre lighthouse and nesting birds. Which has a heart stopping narrow entrance. See the other banner picture.

Cruising stats:

  • NM sailed 1502m. Peter and Chris sailed 716m to Kiel and we sailed the rest.
  • Engine hours: 221
  • Night hours: 8….. it is never really gets dark here in the summer.
  • Fuel used – good question – we still haven’t got our fuel gauge working.
  • Starting Point – Mylor Marina, Falmouth UK. Finishing Point – Svinninge Marina Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Number of weeks before we could say the name of our current marina and not have a Swede say where..  at least 6.
  • Excluding the 6 weeks we left Carra at Kiel, Fehmarn and Nykoping. No of nights: 4 in a marina, 6 box mooring (Germany), 2 harbour walls, 2 bows to / stern anchor, 1  bows to/ buoy, 8 at anchor and 2 bow to hanging off a rock (still not as confident as the natives)
  • Number of rocks touched: 1 + marina pontoon anchor stone….which considering the charts have areas marked – known rocks above 6m depth marked – we are very relieved about.