Thursday, 7 July 2016

Kalmar Sound

This morning there was a brisk northerly wind with rain squalls. We left Borgholm at about 8 and had a quick run south down Kalmar Sound. Bonita was doing 5 to 6 knots with just the headsails and mizzen so there seemed little point in putting the effort into getting the mainsail up.

I was surprised to find a strong current running under the bridge joining Öland to the mainland, which must be just about the narrowest point of the sound. There are no tides in the Baltic so this must just have been due to the effect of wind pressure.  It didn't take us long to get to Kalmar.

We have come back here partly to pick up Dave and Julie, who arrive from Copenhagen  tomorrow evening. We are also here because Calismarde has problems with the fuel supply to her engine. We hope to get this fixed tomorrow morning.

It was a wet and blustery afternoon in Kalmar. We found one other British ship in port - the tall ship 'Eye of the Wind'.  She was originally built for trading in the Baltic. Built in Germany in 1911, and had a varied career, including a period trading under motor alone.  She was rerigged as a square- rigger about 40 years ago in our home port of Faversham. She now seems to be mostly used for adventure training.
The Eye of the Wind