THE POD DRIVE
Voila....this is it. The old engine, the tank, the tubes, the smell, the fuel, the holes for emission and cooling water are all gone. They are being replaced by this little shining plug inside the boat, and the sleek pod and folding propeller underneath it.
Leaving early is not always easy if you come early... Alone again as crew member Johannes had to go back to work last night. Left the beautiful Christiansø early in the morning, got the beloved code sail up in front, and went north for the city at Sweden's lower right corner – Karlskrona. I prepared myself for a 10-12 hour shift in the cockpit. Here we go again...avocado, eggs, water, nuts, and carrots haha... Had straight winds and went fishing for some microplastic on this
Having sailed halfway with an electric engine, I have to say it has been a great experience. Yes, there have been some unfortunate issues in my case (hydro generation), with the shifting of versions of engines and updating batteries, gateways, displays, and other "power intelligence gadgets". But I assume that it is part of the game these days when adopting new technology. The most important job for the drive is obviously to push the boat when needed and in that field my sile
I love this remote and charming island and port. It is Danish, it is beautiful and it is full of nice memories from earlier trips... the first time when my kids were 6 and 10 and we sailed over here with our 42-footer. I usually say that every year not visiting Christiansø and Svenska Högarna (a remote island in the far East part of the Stockholm archipelago) is not a complete sailing year:-) I will publish more images from our short and lovely stop-over here. Here is a link
The wind picked up after sunset and all night. No time for breakfast. Getting past the channel bridge as soon as possible was on the morning agenda. 07.00 we were there waiting and yeees it opened up for us and som few others on the other side:-) Falsterbo, yes I love you, but it is somehow always nice to leave you behind... After 12 hours of pretty tough and wet upwind sailing, we gave up and steered towards Kåseberga. Well there we were guided by the very friendly marina bo
Stayed the day in Copenhagen to settle some work and some other issues. I realized that the marina was just next to Copenhagen's most famous tourist attraction – the mermaid and sculpture "Lille Havfruen". Had to get a picture of her...and without all the Asian tourists swarming around her haha...they were everywhere:-) The little mermaid. Google her and you will get a nice story... Then, by mere coincidence, I met Øivind, a great "partner in crime" in terms of electric saili
After a few days of "long haul" sailing from Kiel via Rødby, I arrived at Falsterbo in Sweden, where Clara 17, and Johan 24 joined in as crew. Two young and smart friends. The original plan was to sail with them to Christiansø, but due to the delay, we had to rearrange the plan and make the trip to Copenhagen instead. We more or less passed the project halfway mark 1000 Nautic Miles at the same time as we sailed spinnaker under the Öresund Bridge. Two memorable moments. Arriv
Right outside of Kiel the wind died. I didn't want to waste the new batteries on this leg and certainly not yet, so I let myself drift around. After some 26 hours, I gave up drifting towards Rostock in Germany and decided to try to rather drift north towards Rødby in Denmark instead. I had crew waiting for me up in Falsterbo, Sweden so no time for the extra miles to Rostock. That was sad since I had looked forward to meeting with scientists at the Rostock Marine Center. But s
Haven't heard from us in a while? Well, some 808 Nautic Miles have been sailed and lots of things have happened while we have had some unfortunate tech events following along. Leaving Kiel today for Rostock, some days later than expected. But we have sailed through beautiful waters and we are happy. THE SHORT STORY: Remember the Skärhamn visit in June? When the pod-drive was switched to an updated, new one? That update made the charging function work all right and I managed t
Did nothing happen since July 3rd? Absolutely... Arriving at Kiel, sailing from Nyborg, passing by Kolby at Samsø, fixing battery issues in Aarhus, party with great young friends in Langør/Samsø, sailing down from Læsø to Bønnerup, making a short stop in Skagen, picking up new crew in Havsstensund, checking in with customs in Strömstads, non-stop racing up from Marstrand, spending lovely days with the übercool M32s in at "Match Cup Sweden" and changing batteries in Långedrag.
I grew up hearing about the Kieler Woche. The sail racing bonanza that most of my sail racing buddies attended, but not me. I guess I was not a good competitor enough, or I focused on other sailing adventures instead? Anyway, on the way down I grabbed a plastic tube from the waves in some 7-8 knots... We can only hope it was not thrown into the water on purpose... Sailing in and around Kiel has been hanging there in front of me as a personal milestone since the days back in t