A Champagne day
Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
109Trip End Sep 03, 2011
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One of the joys of going somewhere for the first time is that one never knows what to expect and we had absolutely no inkling of what was in store when we approached Barösund. The Baltic Sea pilot says that the Finns are 'justly proud of Barösund, which is narrow and has high rocky sides'
Once past Barösund, our route continued eastwards and the hours passed. We reached Jussarö at the civilized hour of 15:00 and a cracking, sheltered spot it was, given the wind direction – if only there had been room! Other people had obviously decided that the winds, at 24 knots now, were too strong and had come in to shelter. We, made of sterner stuff and being late, had no choice other than to carry bombing along under the genoa only until the next suitable place, which was only 4 miles away. The chart showed a harbour called Modermagan and to get there, you simply turned right off the buoyed channel and entered a deep bay (lots of water) then turn right again, keeping clear of a rock that is out of the water and another that is always submerged (according to the chart) and then enter the bay. Now as we were doing this, and bearing in mind that the buoyage is reversed here ie the direction as you are travelling east is as if you were leaving harbour, keep to the left of red buoys and right of green buoys, we saw a tiny little green topped and black bottomed float, fairly close to the opposite bank to the exposed rock etc
One mistake that I will say is down to me is that it is not possible to enter the harbour from the western side of the island that we had tried – the real entrance is on the eastern side. However, as the wind was coming from the east and we were in a glorious natural harbour, screened from the wind by cliffs and pine trees, we opted to drop the anchor again and stay put. It is an absolutely delightful spot, known obviously to Finns as there was a small pontoon with Swedish style floats but all marked ‘private’ and all occupied anyway. A couple of other boats besides us were anchored and half a dozen or so had their noses against rocks and sterns held out to deep water with kedge anchors. Many people were swimming, so we decided to join them. It was a trifle cold to get in but once in, it was very refreshing.
We then settled down to watch the comings and goings of the locals, including naked bathing after their sauna and to generally soak in the peace and beauty of this lovely anchorage. What a find!