On Tuesday morning we woke up early at 4 am and headed for Åland sea bound for Sweden. Strong winds were forecasted for the afternoon so we wanted to be well over the Åland sea at that time. Luckily the wind was perfect during the whole crossing and we were able to maintain good speed. Just in case we took a first reef in before the Åland sea, but the SSE wind stayed around 7 – 8 m/s. Later in the afternoon when we were sailing through the beautiful Archipelago of Stockholm, the wind pick up and there were some strong gusts. Last five hours we motored headwind so that we would make it to Sandhamn for the evening. It was strange to see Sandhamn, which usually is so lively and full of tourists, quiet and still preparing for the coming season – there were only about twelve quest boats in the harbour.

 Early morning in Degerby

Windvane did a perfect job keeping the course at the Åland sea

Morning rush hour in the Archipelago of Stockholm

Swedish courtesy flag

Arriving to Sandhamn

On Wednesday, after good night’s sleep and a walk around Sandhamn, we continued towards Nynäshamn. It was mostly motoring as wind was light during most of the day. It felt like summer had finally come since it was maybe 20 degrees and sunny.

Minna on the deck

Today noon we are preparing the boat for the next long etap towards Öland. Minna is doing grocery shopping in the city while I am checking the engine and other maintenance jobs. I also try also to have some rest to cure my flu. Wind is now from SW but should turn in the evening first to west and tomorrow to north so we have to take advantage of this. Thus we are planning to start around 4 pm and sail through the night towards Öland.