2017 – Stockholm to Stockholm

Overall in 2017, we did around 900 miles from Oxelösund back to Oxelösund via Helsinki. We started May 27th and arrived back on August 3rd. Initially we headed up through Södertälje to Lake Mälaren and explored there for a few days. We then took the back route into Stockholm, changed …

Returning to Oxelösund

We finally completed the circle today and arrived back at Oxelösund. We left Ringson about 8.30am and pottered through the archipelago under motor (the wind was light and bang on the nose), finally crossing over the channel and past the steelworks into Oxelösunds Fiskehamn – our usual stop before heading for the boatyard. …

Returning to Ringson

We finally crossed our outward track today as we headed from Nåttarö to Ringson. We did a total of 32.9 miles in 5 hours and 20 minutes with around half of this under sail. we left Nåttarö just after 8am and for the first couple of hours weaved through the …

Nudging to Nåttarö

In our quest to head further south, we decided to head today for Nåttarö. On paper (or electronic chart), this was a good decision – a further 25 miles or so in the right direction towards Oxelösund, but unfortunately the weather had other ideas. So, while the first couple of hours …

Gliding to Gronskarsfladden

Having dropped Fiona off for her flight yesterday, we set off promptly this morning to start our way south. We had decided to head for an anchorage called Gronskarsfladden – it looked good in the pilot guide, so we hoped for the best. First though we had to creep our …

Skimming to Stockholm

The plan for today was to head into Stockholm first thing to drop Fiona for her flight, so we started about 8.30am and once again had to motor all the way with the wind directly on the nose. Though it was a little grey, we had a nice look round …

Vaxholm revisited

A return visit to Vaxholm today. The logical route back to Stockholm takes us through Vaxholm, but rather than go the main ferry channel through we decided to go the scenic way which is around 5 miles longer. We also did a slight detour to take us through Paradiset again …

Blundering to Blidö

A change of plan (again …) today. The weather forecast was not great for crossing between Aland and Stockholm over the coming few days, so we decided to head over to Stockholm a little earlier than anticipated. The weather looked OK for a crossing, so we decided to bypass Mariehamn …

Knocking about in Kastelholm

Today we continued our Åland historical binge by exploring Kastelholm Slot (Castle). It was a relatively short run (14.2 miles in 2 hours and 45 minutes) from Bomarsund to Kastelholm and we had to motor all the way with very light winds. We arrived in Kastelholm around midday after going …

Bombing to Bomarsund

Actually, not much bombing at all took place on this trip in terms of pace. We left Kumlinge after a night disturbed by the mix of vodka and a Russian charter boat (registered under a Montenegran flag for convenience!). We left around 9am and motored for half an hour or …