Engaging Ekholmen

Another short run today to continue our mission of exploring the northern part of the archipelago. We left Krokholmsviken just before 10am and headed back towards Vaxholm. We managed to sail some stretches but rarely were making anything more than 4 knots, so the engine was on and off all morning. Around lunchtime we moored at Linanäs to try and pump out the holding tank, but, as seems to be the case frequently the pump wasn’t working. The manager didn’t even seem aware of this, so it was yet another indication of the frequency these things are used. A great shame that they aren’t better maintained … Anyway, we left there and then headed the short distance across to Ekholmen, arriving around 14.10 – a total of 16.3 miles. Ekholmen is a small island with jetties maintained by the Vikingarnas Sailing Club (Vikingarnas Segelsällskap). They welcome guests and were very friendly. A very reasonable night as well at just 200 SEK, though the facilities were quite limited. There were toilets and a lovely clubhouse on the hill, but that was more or less it. They did sell a very nice apple pie though …. To see our track, follow the link below:

We did have a very nice swim there – the water has warmed up quite a bit in the last couple of weeks (not least because we have moved south). In the evening one of the traditional archipelago steamers went past between the islands giving a loud whistle. The members were all lined up on the shore with foghorns to ‘reply’.