Day 30: Tuesday 13 August 2019 – sailing the swedish archipelago – fa
It was the 13 August, luckily not a Friday.
After putting, not enough at it turns out, water in our tanks, we squeezed our way out from between two other rally yachts. Unfortunately one of those yachts untied and then dropped one of their fenders, when trying to make our exit easier, which resulted in their captain putting her head down between our two boats to retrieve it – as we were reversing. Scary.
We then refuelled at possibly one of slickest fuels stops ever. A row of different pumps almost confused Andrew – and the two young men who came out to attach their lines made Angela and Suzanne redundant with their mid ships and stern lines in hand. Our first time sailing with crew, and our first berthing was a doddle. What service.
This all meant we left Stockholm a little later than anticipated. We pushed south into the archipelago. A really nice sail out of the city turned into an uneventful and grinding motorsail into the wind and a choppy sea even as we opted to stay on the inside as much as possible. Gradually we found the lee of some islands and wiggled through to Nynashamn, bypassing the anchorage and tieing up in the marina.
We chose the marina rather than anchoring due to a raw water pump that was doing it’s best to turn to spray seawater all over Crystelle Venture’s engine bay. A quick nip of the centre gland and engine check proved a new pump, strip down or repack wasn’t required.
Berthing was to booms, a strange invention that requires the boat to nose up to the pontoon while tieing to light floating booms either side. Not pontoons, as you can’t walk on them. The trick as we found is to pick booms only slightly wider than the boat. And these were only slightly wider, needing a firm push to wedge the boat in and then a firmer push to get fenders in. On leaving we needed to engine reverse out rather than drift back with the wind, as we were tightly held even without ropes in place…
A great marina, with clean facilities including a free sauna. Definitely somewhere we could have spent longer, although the town was fairly small and without too much character – although their church was light up like a candle and rang out hits bells pretty frequently.
Nynashamn also has a fantastic smoke house on the harbour front. Great selection of cheese and smoked fish – even had english Black Bomber cheddar cheese, which has to be one of the very best.
Smoked fish in hand we congregated in Crystelle Venture for wine, fish and salads. Together with “the boat following”, previously known as “the boat leading” we made plans to tackle the ominous Draget Kanal the next day, with an 0800 start and a non-spraying engine.
Our daily stats
We were underway for 6 hours, with the wind gusting 5 -6 at times, motor sailing for around 35 nautical miles with roughly 5 and half hours of engine time.
The marina cost 350 Kr including electricity.
You can hear more about our time in Stockholm in our podcast Stormin Stockholm, episode 30 of our 2 in a Boat podcast.