Sunday 19 July 2009
position 57* 45,65 N 018* 58,59 E

At around noon we sail southward to the fishing village of Katthammarsvik where they are supposed to sell fish and other good food. We have a near-gale warning coming over the radio. But as we sail off the weather is fair with low winds and good visibility. The wind dies down altogether so we have to start the engine after 1.5 hrs at sea. smiley
At a quarter past four in the afternoon local time we are at the seafood restaurant in Katthammarsvik. The pier is 6 m high and a lot of yachts are anchored all around the bay behind the pier. We walk a few km to the local grocery store to buy some fresh food. Buy some fish at the fish market and then scurry down to Isabell. The wind has picked up and is churning around pretty bad in the harbour. Isabell is all pressed up against the stone wall of the pire. Shit! With very much trouble we get out of the spot (no help from any of the other boaters that just stare. Hate when that happens. We sail to the other side of the wall and tie with all the mooring lines we have. A french yacht is also tied to this side of the pier. Some germans come and help us tie our mooring lines. The wall is so high that we have to use a home-made staircase to climb up and down to the deck. In the evening the winds are 10-12 ms from SW. Good we are behind this heavy wall. Let’s hope we get out of here tomorrow. Now we try to sleep with the winds howling in the rigging. Our flag has been blown to a shred. Goodnight.

Author: captain

Johannes, born in 1960 in Zierikzee, The Netherlands. Owner of S/Y Isabell. Retired environmental toxicologist, now living aboard and sailing south.