Wash-day

Drying the mainsail after a sponge-down (no scrubbing allowed)
Drying the mainsail after a sponge-down (no scrubbing allowed)

Today the mainsail got a long overdue wash. A weak bleach (chlorine) solution and a sponge did the trick. There was a decent buildup  of green mold, from rain water being trapped in the folds of the sail. Most of it came off, although, some areas still have a slight green hue. Black mold spots also came off, except for the mold that appears to be trapped between sheets of Dacron (where the sail is reinforced). Never the less, it will be more enjoyable and less embarrassing to hoist sails, this season.

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Frognerkilen

Latitude: 59° 54.699 N
Longitude: 10° 42.102 E

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Magnet effect

Our next-door neighbor
Our next-door neighbor, just a leap away at the closest

We often prefer anchor or buoy over quay or pontoon, if there is a choice at our selected destination. Privacy is just partly the reason. The feeling is freer and more outdoorsy, when surrounded by water rather the other boats. And we like that feeling. But not all agree. Some prefer to anchor right next to others, even though there is plenty of space at the anchorage. This is the magnet effect.

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Ostøya

Latitude: 59° 52.581 N
Longitude: 10° 34.73 E

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Season kick-off

Sunset over Hurum
Sunset over Hurum
Tight living conditions...
Tight living conditions in Drøbak

2016 sailing season kick-off, first taste of summer and a looooong weekend all aligned this year.

Our first stop was Drøbak. This is the second year, in a row, we end up here during a long weekend in May. So, it is time to declare it a tradition.

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Drøbak

Latitude: 59° 39.558 N
Longitude: 10° 37.688 E

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After Holmsbu comes Son

Unrelated picture of a museum in Son
Unrelated picture of a museum in Son

The excitement in visiting Son revolves around two subjects. One is, what new rules and regulations have the guest harbor authorities come up with this year.  The other is, what new cuisine, if any, do we find in Thornegården. Well, this year it appears last years newcomer, a tapas restaurant, disappeared only a few days ago. As for the guest harbor rules, they are just getting more confusing, which might explain why arriving yachts swirl around the place a lot before settling on where to dock.

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Son

Latitude: 59° 31.44 N
Longitude: 10° 41.057 E

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Another summer cruise ‘must’

Holsbu guest-harbor
Holmsbu guest harbor

Holmsbu has become the second ‘must’ stop on our summer cruise. I might have mentioned a certain shrimp sandwich in earlier entries. In fact, I was planing to take a picture for the blog, but the moment the sandwich was placed in front of me, my brain switched from blog mode to eat mode. Maybe next time…

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Holmsbu

Latitude: 59° 33.67 N
Longitude: 10° 25.497 E

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Åsgårdstrand

Sunset in Åsgårdstrand
Sunset in Åsgårdstrand

A while since we have been here. Last time, the new guest harbor was established but not finished, no water or shore power. Now it is all finished. In nice weather this is a beautiful place.

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Åsgårdstrand

Latitude: 59° 21.02 N
Longitude: 10° 28.349 E

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Papperhavn

View from Papperhavn, and a beautiful evening in the making

When we set out it was miserable weather. When we arrived the rain had cleared and later it turned into a beautiful evening at this charming old fishing-boat harbor.

Fresh shrimps
Fresh shrimp

The charm-scale peaked when the “harbor-master,” an old guy that oversaw the disused fishing-boat dock, gave us a load of freshly caught shrimp.

However balance was soon restored. A westerly wind will send waves into the bay and beat the boat against the dock. This we learned during the night.

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Papperhavn

Latitude: 59° 6.282 N
Longitude: 10° 50.543 E

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