We arrived in Mandal on the 18th July after an idyllic and fast passage over from the east coast of England.
|View of the guest marina at Mandal. To the left of the photo is the theatre and tourist office|
Adjacent to the marina was an enormous orange buoy ... it's size suggested it was important and should be respected ...
|Mandal: Guest marina to starboard and theater and tourist office to port|
From Mandal we sailed east to the horse shoe shaped island of Udvar. Well sheltered, remote and beautiful, we moored alongside a wooden jetty and enjoyed a clamber ashore, a Cobb bbq and a glass of whisky with our next door neighbours.
|Udvar: View of Brimble (right hand side of photo) anchored|
in a sheltered bay at Udvar
From Udvar we sailed an hour or so along the coast to a popular local 'secret anchorage', between the islands of Helgoya and Kapelloya. In reality it wasn't so secret! This was our first experience of mooring alongside rock, but once we got over the mental problem of taking the good ship so close to something so hard it was surprisingly straightforward. Uber fender was great to have and the locals were visibly impressed by the size of fender compared to the size of the boat !
|Uber fender works her magic|
Kristiansand Marina was very busy but after a little to-ing and fro-ing we found a great spot to moor up.
|Safely tucked up in Kristiansand|