Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Our departure from the amazing refuge of Utklippen was intended to be according a schedule, but was abandoned as the after effects of a lovely evening ashore with our very sociable group may have effected the early risers. Casting off about 0915 we eased our way through one of the two narrow entrances, avoiding the one with the rock close by that had been thoroughly bashed by the keel of a German boat coming in far too quickly, we passed out into the southern Baltic.
Having gained more depth we were able to shape out course up the side of the Swedish mainland and arrived in the tiny Kristianopel where we were placed alongside a harbour wall. It had started raining just before we cast off and it stopped raining about an hour after we tied up, we had tried sailing and even put the chute up but eventually gave up and motored through.
This little harbour can take a lot of boats but I have no idea where they put them as we fifteen have made a serious impression on the available space and the dear HM was having a few fits getting us in tidily.
A walk around the village was followed by a cool bottle of bubbly (thanks to Tom & Ann) and supper in the cockpit as the long evening commenced. The clouds have moved on, the sun is out, it is quarter to nine and warm and soft out side. We will go to bed before it gets dark as we have an early start to be in Kalmar to ensure a timely departure of our much enjoyed guests.