We had carefully moved our way around the southern corner of Norway avoiding the storms that kept moving across the North Sea. When we finally navigated the oil platform jungle, we were actually looking for wind.
After inch size hail we were happy to reach Inverness, get some of the engine problems fixed and navigate the Caledonian Canal.
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The good news:
We have a new autopilot – DON 2016 – who just finished the first 10 hours of steering continuously!!
The bad news: we are concerned about Don’s health, because he stopped drinking fluids to avoid having to use the head 😉 (and to extend his record-breaking time at the helm).
We had left Mandal in the evening into westerly wind (15-20kn) and managed to find a protected cove a few hours later. After a couple of failed attempts of catching some of the huge jelly fish and real fish, we settled down in the cockpit, had another nice dinner and enjoyed the sunset.
The next morning everything was covered in low hanging mist when we left our anchorage at 6:00.
We set sails and started beating around “the corner”. The mist disappeared and we enjoyed a nice sunny day on the water.
We are crossing paths with a freighter about once an hour and see sailboats here and there. None of them used their sails to make it to windward…
If things go well, this marks the end of our sailing along the Norwegian coast as we are hoping to leave to Scotland tomorrow.
We sailed up the river to the marina in Mandal, dropped the sails and found a nice stop for the day.
Internet was fast, the town beautiful and the hill provided a fantastic view of the suroundings.
Mandal has a nice beach as well. The first one we have seen so far.