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Heading south - Rörö to Mölle | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55After our pleasant but short stay in Mollösund, it was time to continue southwards.  Our first stop was Marstrand to fill up our diesel tanks.  There are two fuel stations at Mollösund, but as it was still “dead” season (not even low season) in Mollösund, we were afraid that the diesel in the tanks there would not be high quality — perhaps diesel bug had been growing there all winter. Since Marstrand gets a lot more traffic all year-round , we figured it would be a better idea to fill up there.

Fishing village on the way to Marstrand, Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Passing a little fishing village on the way to Marstrand

About 1’000 swiss francs later (which is about the same amount in USD), our diesel tanks were filled and we were on our way. Ouch!  For those of you who don’t live in Europe, fuel is expensive here because of all the taxes on it.  It is kind of unfair that boats have to pay road taxes on diesel, but that’s the way it is…

Rörö

We stopped for the night at Rörö, just north of Göteborg.  Rörö is a little fishing village that’s turned into more of a weekend and holiday village during the past 20 years.  The fishing huts and boats are still there, but there are more and more beautiful new houses.  I say “beautiful” because I appreciate the modern style of Swedish house and apartment building architecture. It seems to be all about wood, large windows, simple lines and discrete colours.

We were the only boat in the marina at Rörö | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

We were the only boat in the marina at Rörö

Rörö, Sweden - fishing nets | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Rörö is still a working fishing village

Rörö, Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Charming fishing huts in Rörö

Rörö marina has lots of space for  alongside mooring, important for us, since Freja is usually too wide and too long for normal boxes or Y-berths.  In addition, it’s much easier for Senna to get off the boat from the side.  We’ll see how it goes if we ever have to moor bows-in as some marinas in Sweden require. As it was dead season, we had access to water but the electricity was not yet turned on.

Fishing boats in Rörö. Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Fishing boats – and us.

Crushed mussel shells high up on a cliff on Rörö | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Crushed mussel shells high up on a cliff on Rörö. How did they get there? Seagulls?

Rörö island, Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Looking our over the open sea on Rörö island

We had ideal sailing weather as we slid past  the islands near Göteborg.

HMS Falken in Göteborg | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

We saw this beauty – HMS Falken, an training boat from 1947 for the Royal Swedish Navy.

Senna enjoying the sail | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Senna enjoying the sail

Vingö - Ockerö | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

You’ll need a large-format “Båtsport kort” (Chart for pleasure boats) to make navigation easier in the archipelago.

Sailing south to Båstad | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Still rather cold but we’re enjoying the sun!

Ockerö-Hamnholmen

Our next stop, south of Göteborg, was an anchorage called Ockerö-Hamnholmen (not to be confused with Ockerö just outside Göteborg).  We were alone in this fabulous anchorage.  If you have a dingy, you can go to the northern side of the anchorage for stupendous views of the open sea and the entire cove.

The advantage of off-season sailing: we were all alone in this lovely anchorage | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

The advantage of off-season sailing: we were all alone in this lovely anchorage

We had a clear and sunny day, and saw all the way out to Nidingen, a well-known lighthouse and weather-reporting station in Sweden.

You'll need a dingy to explore the three islands that make up this anchorage | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

You’ll need a dingy to explore the three islands that make up this anchorage

We continued on to Glommen, just north of Falkenberg, and and them sailed on to Båstad.

Boat-dog: this is Senna's second-favorite place if the boat is not heeling over | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

This is Senna’s second-favorite place if the boat is not heeling over.

Båstad

Båstad is a well-known tennis championship and summer holiday town.  We were thoroughly charmed by Båstad and stayed 3 nights.  For once, the marina was “open” – electricity was on, cafés, restaurants and shops were open, and there was lots of life around the harbour.  It could have been because we were there during the ascension holiday.  The Thursday is a holiday and most people take Friday off from work, giving them a big 4-day weekend.  Back when I lived in Stockholm, this was always the first big sailing weekend.

View of Båstad marina and the hills above the town | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

View of Båstad marina and the hills above the town

Summer weather had suddenly arrived as well.  We went from about 10°C to 26° in a day.  The down jackets went into the closet and the shorts came out.

Båstad marina at 20.00 and still lots of sun| Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Båstad marina at 20.00 and still lots of sun — the days are getting longer and longer

The marina itself is quite pleasant with lots of alongside places as well as boxes for boats 40-42 feet or less.  Ice cream shops, bars, cafés, and restaurants abound. Don’t come during the tennis championships or in July, though.  I’m quite sure it’s overfull and quite loud.

Marina in Båstad, Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

View of the interior part of the marina in Båstad

The town of Båstad is a short walk or cycle up the hill.  You’ll find a supermarket and boutiques selling clothes, decor, shoes, etc.  There’s also a tourist office stocked with information about the area around the entire peninsula, called the “Bjärehalvön”(Bjäre Peninsula).

The rolling hills above the town of Båstad | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

The rolling hills above the town of Båstad

After 3 lovely days in summery Båstad, we were off to yet another well-know summer holiday town, Mölle.

Beautiful sail to Mölle | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Beautiful sail to Mölle

Mölle

The marina in Mölle is rather small, so it’s best to get there early.  The problem is that if it’s full of Danish boats, they don’t have far to go, so they tend to stay late.  When we arrived at about 14.30, the marina was still full of boats from Denmark.  We tied up to a fishing boat quay while they finished eating their lunch.  After a half-hour’s wait they started to leave, one by one, and we could finally tie up for the evening.  There’s room for 6 or seven larger boats alongside and there are a few boxes for smaller boats 38 feet and under.

Calm Sunday evening in Mölle marina | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Calm Sunday evening in Mölle marina. You see the Grand Hotel in the hill in the background

Bronze statue in the harbour of Mölle, Sweden | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Bronze statue in the harbour of Mölle

It was a summery Sunday — about 28° — almost unheard of in early-May in Sweden.  The harbour in Mölle seems to be the centre of activity for the area and the various seafood cafés, ice cream shops and bars were full.  The restaurants and cafés at the marina are more of the fish and chips variety, so if you want to have a really good meal, you’ll have to walk up to the Grand Hotel. Or cook a good meal on the boat!

Sunset and golden light in Mölle Harbour. | Cruising Attitude Sailing Blog - Discovery 55

Sunset and golden light in Mölle Harbour. This was taken at about 21.30.

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