June 08, 2011
We move on today northwards and back towards Oxelosund, so that tomorrow we can be back there by midday. We have a fabulous sail with a 8-10 knot breeze and sunny skies. We arrive so early that we have a play in the big bay nearby. All our sailing has been downwind this year, so we have a few runs up into the breeze to check things out.
Riso is another protected anchorage with a narrow entry. This time only 3.2 m deep.
The channel opens to the NE, and the forecast SE wind, is from the NE ! But its not very strong today, so we stay here anyway. Resisting the temptation to tie ourselves to a rock, we anchor as usual. We spend an entertaining hour later watching a British boat trying to find a good spot. First his stern anchor doesn’t set, then he tries 2 other spots and finally gets settled. Anchoring seems a whole lot simpler. Last night at Harstena a Swede spent more than an hour trying and changing his mind going from A to B, then half an hour later back to A (as the wind direction wasn’t too favourable for the mooring rocks there) and eventually he anchored out.
After 3 months last year and not getting to it, finally we Shorten The Ropes. Ali has asked “what the hell does that mean?” Many of the ropes come from the factory far longer than actually necessary. Presumably so they don’t risk the alternative. In one instance its in case we buy a great big genoa, which we won’t be doing. So we have metres and metres of rope that is never used, but has to be coiled up and kept out of the way, and not tangle up. So we cut it off with a hot knife after careful measurement and consideration, and fix the ends. We have some new fenders for the canal, so they get some rope from the left overs. It only took 30 minutes, wonder how we never actually go to it last year.