Haugesund 59:24.83N 05:15.90E
After a couple of reprovisioning trips, another walk round
Stavanger, saying goodbye to Dawn, Jocelyn and Jack and welcoming Martin on
board, we set from Stavanger heading north towards Bergen. Although the weather
over the north sea looks ok, there is not quite enough wind forecast and an
immediate departure probably would mean a lot of motoring. So we head
north and wait for favourable winds. The weekend is starting to shape up
as a possible start date.
It is ironic that it is almost impossible to refuel a boat
in Stavanger - Norway's oil capital. Eventually we found the dock we were
looking for, but only because after hailing a friendly local boat he lead us
over a couple of channels, round and island and to and right to it. Fuel
docks being in short supply, there was a queue - much like a fuel strike and a
petrol station forecourt, except its harder to keep the boat in position.
the it was north and a glorious day's sail in ideal conditions. Flat seas
and 15-20 knots, first on the beam and then a very comfortable run. We
hit 9.4 knots. Magnificent scenery.
Our plan was to anchor in a small cove just north of
Haugesund, but despite being in one of the cruising guides it was full of kelp
and the holding was lousy. So after 3 attempts we gave up and dropped
back to Haugesund where we berthed at the town quay , rafting up to a Bavaria
46. Excellent dinner (puy lentils with pan-fired salmon (courtesy of
Stavanger fishmarket) followed by genuine Sacher Torte (courtesy of Martin and
Dawn from Vienna) and raspberries.
Haugesund early morning