Summer Cruise 2019, Part 8

Time to go home

On July 27th we arrived at an anchorage called Gluppöbassängen in Sweden. It was a really nice place. There were toilets and garbage pins onshore, lots of space to anchor and lots of different places you could tie up to the rocks. There were probably more than 50 boats here.
It was warm and sunny and the water was the best we had seen so far, so we spent the afternoon in the water. Cleaning the hull and checking the zinc anodes and the propeller. In the evening we went for a dinghy ride and climbed the top of the rocks to watch another gorgeous sunset.

Because it was such a beautiful place, we spent the morning swimming and enjoying the view and the nice weather. At 11 o’clock we left for yet another long sail south. It was a bit windy that day, 18-22 knots, but we had good protection in the archipelago, and we enjoyed passing some really nice places like Hamburgsund and Sotekanalen yet again.

The day started really hot and sunny day, but as the day progressed it became more cloudy and the air very humid. It definitely felt like the rain was on its way. We spoke to some friends sailing on the great lakes in Sweden, and they said that some heavy rain and thunder had passed them and was coming our way.
Shortly after passing Sotekanalen we could hear the thunder in the distance. We were planning to stop in Kungshamn to fill up on diesel. As we approached some really gnarly clouds were forming just above us and just as we reached the fuel dock the clouds opened and a torrential downfall began. We had to wait for the weather to pass. At some point, the electricity at the fuel dock went out. In the end, we managed to fill up our tanks. (112 litres, 2115 SEK – quite expensive compared to Denmark). Due to the large quantities of water on the deck, we discovered a leak in the roof – dripping from one of the lights in the ceiling. Oh! Well – we had to check that out later.

We changed into some dry clothes and continued south. To have a change of scenery we decided to sail north of the big island Orust on our return trip. There was quite a lot of current against us (from 1 to 4 knots), but the landscape was gorgeous, and we found a beautiful and quit anchorage called Knarrevike Kilen. After 9 hours and 42 nm we dropped the anchor in 4 meters of water in a clay bottom. We managed to find out where the leak came from and got that fixed. We had spaghetti for dinner and after a glass of red wine we slept very well that night.

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