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Date: 03 Aug 2007 19:04:17
Title: To Anholt

Date: 03-08-07     Time: 17:00 UTC      Position: 56:42.90N  011:30.76E   Name: Anholt 

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Vi dro på nattseilas fra København til Anholt for å komme fram før en frisk nordvestlig vind kom. Vi kom ikke fram tidsnok til å unngå at vi fikk fire timer stampende imot sjø og motvind - jeg skulle ha brukt motoren mer tidlig på natta for å få opp farta. Vi kom inn i havnen litt etter ni - da hadde noen få båter reist med det var fortsatt som sild i ei tønne. Her må man ha et anker ute og gå inn med baugen eller hekken inn til flytebryggene. P.g.a. den sterke vinden var det svært vanskelig å finne en plass til ankeret og deretter bakke inn i en åpning før vinden overtar styringen. Vi fikk til slutt lagt oss til på enden av en brygge - med mye hjelp fra båtene rundt oss. Det er mye aktivitet med båter som har viklet ankrene sine sammen eller ønsker å sette ut nye anker - de fleste båtene har nok kommet under nærmere vindstille forhold og mange ligger skråstilt til den friske vinden.
 
Anhold ligger midt i Kattegat mellom Danmark og Sverige. Det er en idyllisk plass med ca. 100 faste innbyggere men mange sommerturister. Det er bare noen få biler og de fleste sykler eller går. En rundtur rundt den bebodde delen av øya tok oss et par timer - veldig fint å gå her i furuskog og sanddyner mellom gardsbruk og hytter. I den fine sola var det mange tøffe folk som badet og solte seg på stranden. Dagens bilder - strandlandskap og havnen på Anholt.
 
Strandlandskap - det blåser friskt i dag.
Beachlandscape - note that it is blowing a fresh wind today.
 
Havnen.
The harbour.

English version

We decided to make a night sail of it to Anholt in order to make some miles before the forecast North-westerly came. I should have used more motor during the night instead of sailing at 3.5-4 knots as we ended up having to motor into the teeth of a force 6 with attached lumpy seas for the last four hours of the journey. We got here at about nine, by which time only a few boats had left ad the harbour was still like a tin of sardines. The berthing here is bow or stern to the pontoons with an anchor out, but the strong wind made getting in very difficult - particularly as the boats already here were lying at peculiar angles as they had anchored in little wind and were now being blown at angles in the new wind. We ended up, with much help from neighbouring boats, anchored off the end of one of the pontoons, wedged between two other boats. Lots of boats have had problems with their anchors or have rowed out extra ones to try and straighten things up. One boat came in as speed and pulled up three anchors by running over their chains with his keel. Our neighbour got his anchor rope cut in this process and had to have a diver out to recover it. So we do not lack entertainment!
 
Anholt is a charming island in the middle of the Kattegat, mid way between Denmark and Sweden - a remnant from the last ice age. There are about 100 permanent residents, though the numbers swell considerably in the summer. There are just a few cars - most people cycle or walk. We walked round the entire populated part of the island this afternoon - it took about two hours. The landscape varies from barren heath to sand dunes and grass to spruce woods and farmed landscape. In the sunny weather there were lots of brave souls sunbathing and swimming on the beaches. Today's pictures - beach landscape and the harbour at Anholt.
 

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