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.
It is called human waste and many other names. The whatever unmentionable stuff that is coming out from our bodies. The stuff we need to get rid of, but according to a "new" Swedish law from 2015 we just can't discharge into the seawater, like we used to not too long ago. In 2020 we made it a part of our "Zero Waste Policy" onboard and have lived by it since then. Just three deciliters of urine can fertilize 1.000 liters of water with toxic algae. An experiment from Stockholm
One of the goals of this year's voyage was to stop by family in Sandefjord for the yearly family gathering and party. And to enjoy the Norwegian nature...we sure did enjoy it and its rich local food as well... Blog post in the making: We're working with this blog post right now and will update the texts and images as we go along. Welcome back!
Yes, we continue to collect plastic trash floating around in nature – actually, be it from the water while we're sailing or on our visits on land. We showcase our bin at our stops and are identifying the brands on as many as we can – so we can continue our campaign "This Belongs To You XXX" and kindly ask the producers of the trash what their plans are to find sustainable alternatives. Stay tuned about that, we will describe it further right here in this blog post. Blog post
It took us less than 15 minutes to get the first makrill on the hook behind the boat after we left Fjällbacka in the afternoon. We arrived at the marina around 4 AM on the morning same day, we sneaked into the only empty private spot, with the idea to leave as soon as possible again after some rest and food. Blog post in the making: We're working with this blog post right now and will update the texts and images as we go along. Welcome back!
Dropping the crew – Guri, Kaikāne, and Ayla in the cute little town of Torekov for more adventures on the mainland – a mobile amusement park offered some instant excitement next to the marina. I grabbed a sandwich and sailed off for another non-stop single-handed rush towards the booked family event up in Sandefjord, Norway. Blog post in the making: We're working with this blog post right now and will update the texts and images as we go along. Welcome back!
We picked up 10-year-old family member Ayla in Höganäs and sailed to Hallands Väderö for some wildlife island experiences...a beautiful nature reserve island, brimming with wild food in the forests and fields. There is one pier available for a little ferry but not for guests. The last time we stopped here in 2020 we had to anchor and swim into the shore, but this time the water level was so high that we could reach into some rocks in the open bay. We were well protected from
Yep – a long one. We wanted to continue to catch up and sail in the time we had lost while we were blown in on Christiansø. So we aimed for a nonstop long leg up to Helsingborg (85 NM). Easy to do if the right winds are present or if you have a diesel engine and a big tank – neither of those was available though. Actually, it started with more or less no wind at all. And the battery was already running low. Thankfully the wind picked up outside of the Falsterbo canal in the s
Sailed from Bornholm to Kåseberga in good winds, but pretty rough waves against us from the last days of aggressive west winds. We needed to a break, we needed to empty our black water containers and we wanted to check out the stone ship formations up on the hill – Ale Stenar. Wow, what an experience that was... Blog post in the making: We're working with this blog-post right now and will update texts and images as we go along. Welcome back!
Finally, the wind cooled down and we could leave Christiansø. At stop-overs at the picturesque marinas Gudhjem and Allinge we found great produce along the roads and just loved to fill up the boat with some of the local delicious beauties. We also bumped into an experienced electric sailor and learned a lot from his installation and on top of that we met Kaikāne's friends Alexander and his family from our Kristianopel stop earlier...yeah, playtime! Blog post in the making: We
Oh, this is such a personal favorite stop. But it was the first time for the rest of the crew onboard – Guri and Kaikāne were excited, even though I had bombarded them with expectations. The Harbour Master was kind and harsh as usual, asked us to move from the long side position we first had, as a "storm" was approaching and he knew we would appreciate a more protected spot, without having several large and long heavy boats tied up on our outside and squeezing us towards the