Brevik to Lillesand

This was the first week of sailing but as the plan is to get up to Lofoten this summer we needed to push on. So, shake down sail and then off round the coast. But of course best laid plan of mouse and man ... during my inspection of the rigging I noticed that the 19 strand stainless steel Lower Shrouds had failed and one or two strands had pulled out. On the basis that we were in the best place to replace them we delayed departure by a couple of days and I spent a happy few hours up the mast. The rigging is only 6 years old so we were surprised that it hasn't lasted longer but it has been well used!

Selma dropped me a few years ago so I now try
and pull myself up

Replacing the four lower shrouds - not cheap!

Once we had replaced lowers we cracked on with the business of sailing.  All went well and we had a lovely cruise round to Lillesand stopping at Arendal and Grimstad en route. The weather was idyllic; cold but bright sunshine from start to finish.

Ella loves sailing and isn't afraid to show it

The sailing was exciting with plenty of narrow gaps

We navigated with paper charts and chart plotter

Approach to Kragero

Eider Duck was delighted to spot some mates

Bestemor, Tore and Nina the dog visiting us for a Cob BBQ

Nice couple of Mackeral

Preparing lunch

Approach to Lillesand - marina is straight ahead

The Good Ship safely tucked up in Lillesand Marina.
We left B here and flew home,
Eider Duck and Cockney Mallard keeping a close eye on the instruments

Next Stop Bergen

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