Meeting Vindela skipper

Sunday 5 August 2012

Today I sailed out to meet the Monsun skipper Jerk Oldenburg, with his no. 27 Monsun Vindela. He turned 80 years this winter and is taking it easy now. But still sailing long-range alone. It was great sitting in Vindelas cockpit and chatting with Jerk about all things possible, over a cup of tea/coffee.

Jerk sailed around the World between 1998 and 2007. He wrote a blog along the way, but said he did not feel like writing more on the way back to Sweden, somewhere in the Mediterranean. I used to read his website blog and was not sure if he continued sailing. But he has continued sailing Vindela. This summer he was in the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Riga, and also on Aland. He has sailed Vindela up along the Swedish westcoast, along the Norwegian coast up to the Arctic. Tranported the boat on a trailer truck to Haparanda in Sweden the next spring, and sailed back home along the eastern coast of Sweden the following summer.

Jerk rowed out to me in his dinghy and took over the helm in Isabell to navigate into the very stony and shallow waters around his sons summer house in the Stockholm Archipelago. Thank you Jerk, for some good advice and a very nice afternoon on Vindela.

I hope we meet again.

Here is a picture of Jerk rowing back the dinghy to Vindela…

Day 4 – Vaxholm gh

Sunday 24 June 2012, we run into the guest harbour at Vaxholm to lay over for one night. It is time to celebrate Monicas mom’s 75the birthday. We walk up to the house and have a wonderful time with family. Good food and relatively nice weather. Hardly any wind today, so we run on the engine all of the 5 nM there. This harbour is not among my favorites, too crowded and sloshy, for each time the ferry boat goes by, the whole harbour turns into a soup bowl. But the town is nice. In the evening we sit in the cockpit and try to solve a crossword puzzle…

Day 5- we wake up to the smatter of rain. It is raining like mad out there. Continues through the morning to rain. We decide to wait for a wee bit better weather. We are on the low side of the dock, so Monica and I make plans on how to get out of the harbour. Not going to be easy. Mean while it is raining and raining… Will we go anywhere today? Weather report said it will be little better this afternoon. We wait and see.

The fortification at Waxholm, seen from the seaside.

Day 2 – Midsummer

Friday 22 June 2012, position 59*27’N 018*19′ E
We get the dinghy into the water already in the evening of the first day. Today we row into shore and walk to the party. It is far and one of our friends comes halfway and picks us up in his car. We have a wonderful time at the party.

When we take the bus back and walk the last bit to where we parked Isabell, we get to the bay after dark /around midnight/. Isabell is gone! First we panic a little, then we start walking around the shore to see if she drifted with the wind. No Isabell. When we are about to call the police, we look into the dinghy and find a nicely written note. Neighboring people had seen that Isabell was dragging anchor in the soft bottom, and they had with the help of another sailboat moved Isabell to the other side of the cove. We rowed over and found her all well and nicely anchored in clay bottom. Poooh! What a scare.

Now we need to rest. We stay in the cove tomorrow and just read, fix things good food and row around in the dinghy. Pick wildflowers in the roadside and walk thorugh a little park. Great! Here are some party pictures…

Day 1 – Akersberga

We are on our way North! At 10.15 local time (LT) we push off from the dock and are on our way to the first point of interest. Celebrate Midsummer with friends in the countryside. We have good wind and sail all the way to the point of destination at Åkersberga. When we get there early, which is lucky, because we do not find a harbour for guest boats. Looking everywhere, but do not find anything. Then we go into a covered bay and drop anchor. Nice in here, shallow and grimy water, but nice surroundings. From here we will walk to the party and back tomorrow. We sit in the cockpit late in the evening and just read and relax. We have vacation, so nice.

Bothnian Cruise 2012 – preliminary points

Here is a short list of preliminary points we might visit (weather and time permitted):

Waxholm, Stockholm Archipelago
Furusund, Stockholm Archipelago
Arholma, Stockholm Archipelago
Djupviken, Island Åland
Lokaön, Island Åland
Vaasa, Finland
Norrskär, Finland
Kemi, Finland
Haparanda Sandskär, Sweden
Kataja island, Sweden and Finland
Töre harbour (most northern commersial harbour in the Baltic)
Rödkallen island
Luleå harbour
Byske harbour
Gåsören, Skelleftehamn
Umeå harbour
Lövvik, Härnosand
Kattskär, Sundsvall
Hölicksskär, Hudiksvall
Storjungfrun island

We will post some updates when Internet is available.


On May 2, 2012 at 15.30 pm Isabell was ready for launching. In a matter of minutes it was done. Engine started at first turn of the key… Amazing. After launching I took a tour onto the lake and tested the engine and pumps and saw that nothing was leaking. Everything worked perfectly. Here are some pictures. In the evening it was completely still, no wind, perfect to get the sails up. Took a couple of hours to fix, sails, stack-pack, sheets, covers, and more… Now it is ready!