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Colin & Belinda Laidlaw
Tue 8 Jul 2014 16:36
We arrived in Ronne Harbour on the island of Bornholm at 00.30 and tied to a buoy at stern and the bow to the quay - which was a first. This is the main harbour for Bornholm where all the ferries and fishing boats are braced and we will be sheltered before the very strong easterlies that are promised over the next few days to hit us. We were, however, treated to a fantastic light show in the form of a massive electric storm with fork and sheet lightening over the German mainland. Concerned at its potential approach we quickly developed an emergency plan of clambering onto the saloon table away from any electrical and metal components.
As we were about 2 hours out of Schilksee marine, Keith spotted a large marker buoy unlit in the dark, which we could have hit it.
It was a frustrating trip as the 1/2 a boaty (local currency for the minimum charge for a yacht) spent on the auto-pilot repair was wasted as they seem to have caused more problems than they managed to solve. We may have to resort to rewiring the  navigation instruments, calibrating the gyro compass and alter the rudder response too, but first its got to be “beer  O’clock”. CC (Captain Col) had to go up the mast to replace the steaming light that had blown.  Apart from that Alloro is well.
The sailing was good with at times gull-winged, then beam reach which gave us  speeds of up to 8.5kn. The sea state was rather benign as there is very little tide.
ARC have arranged a barbeque for this evening with everyone bringing food to cook and share.