After midnight we rounded Smygehuk , the southeastern tip of Sweden and came out in stronger winds and seaway from the northeast. At 1 o`clock we aimed for the entrance of the small harbour in Brantevik with 28kts of downwind and more seaway than comfortable. Allthough equipped with leading lights the narrow entrance (and Dora Mac surfing in downwind waves ) demanded full concentration manouvering Dora Mac from the flybridge ,constantly checking the location of the piers with handheld searchlight (thank´s god it was fully charged). Once in the harbour there´s very little room for manouvering but we managed to turn 180 degrees and moore alongside another sailboat.
These small harbours on the southcoast are all fully exposed to the sea since there´s no archipelago protecting . In all kinds of easterly winds the fetch is all way from Poland and seaway can be heavy. This is also something we noticed in Brantevik harbour with an all time swell in these easterly winds but in the morning we woke up to flat seas and a warm sun.