2020 sailing season has arrived

Isabell went back in the water on Thursday April 23, and the following weekend I sailed her out of Lake Malaren and to the saltwater berth at Bullando Marina. Through the sluices at Hammarby lies the only bridge that I cannot pass without it opening, Danviksbron, was closed, and unmanned. During the summer season it generally is manned and opens by request or at regular hourly intervals. Not! This time I came so early, that it did not open. I had to call the Traffic Service Center at Stockholm Port Authority and request permission for it to open. You can imagine that it took a while. But they were very friendly and sent out a bridge operator on his bike to open the bridge for me. Luckily I had a lot of practical issues to fix with onboard, so time went by fast enough. At last the bridge opened, and I was out in the Baltic Sea. Great! As I was tied up to the dock at the bridge, an elderly man seemed to show a lot of interest in Isabell. He came over and explained that he had seen Isabell before, and wondered where she went. He was another Monsun owner, get this, with a berth at the same marina as Isabell. So funny, the world is full of Monsun owners, and once in a while you get to meet them. Now I know there are at least three Monsuns in the same harbour.

Author: captain

Johannes, born in 1960 at Zierikzee, The Netherlands, and living in Nacka, Sweden. Owner of S/Y Isabell.

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