Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Borgholm

We left Figeholm this morning in fine weather and after a few miles of weaving through rock strewn channels we emerged into the open sea. At first we were close hauled in a light wind. We passed a couple of tall ships going north through Kalmar Sound. The first picture is of the very elegant 25 metre long yacht Gratia, built in 1900 by Camper & Nicholson, and now in Swedish ownership.
Gratia

In the afternoon the wind shifted ahead and strengthened so we ended up motor-sailing into port.  We got into Borgholm in the early evening. This is a spa town on the island of Öland and is a busy tourist resort.


Martha and the remains of Borgholm castle





The skyline is dominated by the substantial remains of Borgholm castle which can be seen from miles away. The construction of the castle may well have been ordered by King Canute but it was definitely destroyed by a fire in 1806.


Our route south so far