After our disturbed night in Sandhamn , we didn’t rush to leave the marina. We also knew that we didn’t have so far to go, as we had broken the back of the journey the day before. So we took advantage of the capacious shower blocks, had leisurely chats with other rally crews to see how they fared in the storm the night before, before releasing our lazy line about 10 am.
We motored for a couple of hours before were able to put all the sails up and make a decent 5 knots. An enjoyable sail, with gusting force 4 South westerly wind. Just after 1pm we noticed a small flotilla of other rally yachts starting to catch us up in the channel towards the sailing club. However we managed to keep our pace and our position,
Arrival into the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) at Slotsjobaden, was a breeze. With our technique for stern buoy berthing nailed, we executed a perfect berthing in front of the restaurant goers.
We tidied up in preparation for our first and only crew member to join us on this trip, who arrived by train about 3pm. We had intended to go into Stockholm for a walk round in the evening, but the train journey was longer than expected, due to engineering works. Yes ,they also have them in Sweden. So instead, we decided to be sociable and join other rally members for drinks and a halloumi burger in the yacht club restaurant.
The next day or so we spent being tourists in Stockholm – visiting two contrasting but equally fascinating museums – the Vasa museum with it’s immaculate raised 17th century ship – and the Abba museum and pottering about on ferries and around old buildings.
We had a short run of only 23 nautical miles, using 4 gallons of fuel and 3.2 engine hours in a 4 hours. Fuel figures seems slightly out, which we reckon is because Andrew took the reading the day before, and Suzanne the one today. So it was probably somewhere in between!
You can hear about this leg of our journey, on our podcast ‘2 in a boat’ – check out episode 30 – Stormin Stockholm