Goooooooooooooooood going! We are doing well.
Friday 22 May, 2009 sailing from Abbekas to Simrishamn
Position 0730 UTC 55*23.6 N 13*36.3 E
Near gale winds warning on the radio. But it is from the west, right in our
back. We tank some diesel and get out of the tiny harbour through the small opening between the piers.
Windy alright. We bust out of the shallows with the engine at
half-speed ahead. Then roll out a piece of the foresail and are off toward Simrishamn.
The logg clocks 7.5 knots, sometimes we surf down the wave crests with a
top speed of 9 knots SOG. Average speed is 6.4 knots with about one third
of the genua up. At 1228 UTC we have passed the southeastern tip of
Scania and move up North, in leeward of the land. Reach Simrishamn at
1500 UTC (position 55* 33.6 N 14* 21.0 E) and get a warm welcome from
the Dutch couple on the Blackwater, who have stayed in port due to the
weather, and the many German boats lying in port, also waiting for better weather. We go downtown and
wait for my son and daughter to arrive by train. They are joining us for the last leg of this
trip. During the evening a heavy thunderstorm whips across the bay. We
sleep well in spite of the crackling of thunder and whipping rain on the deck above us. Goodnight!