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Sailing, summer and fall 2011

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Read more about..

..background and preparations before the construction,
in Olle Jeppsson's own words.

..the construction in text and images,
also written by Jeppsson (Opens in new window).

..Sharpie 600 on the designer's (Björn Thomasson's) website
(Opens in new window).

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The first sailing trips

After the sail had been up for the first time I had some more training in moderate winds. I found it quite complicated to handle jib up and down on that tiny fore deck, so a system for roller jib was purchased on rullfock.se and installed.

Torgersøya A typical trip (see the GPS track on the left) could be to hoist the sails at Fjærskjær island and cross back and forth between Fjærskjær and the Bolærne islands. The distance is about 8-10 nm, and takes 2-3 hours. I got slightly more experienced, so the trips were gradually extended.

AskeladdenI often sailed in nice travel companionship by my father, Asmund, who used his Askeladden 16. He also had a video camera on board, and documented many trips with film footage and pictures.

Stranden i Jensesundet Here we anchored, or rather dragged the boats up on the beach in Jensesundet (between the middle and western Bolærne islands). The purpose was to scrape a little fouling along the waterline on "Kuling". Next year I'll paint the waterline with antifouling, but the picture shows how convenient it may be with a flat bottom, keel and rudder.

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First trip across the Oslo Fjord

Tankskip One of summer's highlights include rendezvous with my brother and nephew in Engelsviken. They arrive from the north with their own boat, I come from the west. For my part, these trips so far been carried out with a 16' Askeladden, just fast enough to cross the fjord without being afraid of the tanker that has just appeared on the horizon, and just wide enough to sleep in for a few nights. A passage with "Kuling" must be approached in a different way. The distance is approx. 8 nm. With a max speed of 5.5 knots over a longer distance, and the capricious wind as the only power source, the tanker reach all the way from the horizon to rocksteady collision course in a remarkably short time. Then we have to be prepared to start the engine and/or ride out the situation until the boss has passed. Engelsviken-Vallø 09.07.2011

The journey takes approx. 1.5 hours, compared with 35 minutes by motor boat. The trip east was a breeze, with occasional perfect wind and no obstructions. However, I had to ride home again that night. It was cloudy and dark, and the remains of a storm in the Skagerrak had reached the southern Oslofjord. Sailing was not an option (I was still too inexperienced). I had to keep a certain direction relative to the waves not to get the feeling of tipping over. It led me naturally a bit off course, so the last part of the trip I crossed respectively with and against the waves. It was good to get in the lee of Torgersøya island and breathe out after a couple of very long hours.

Engelsviken Brygge 3 om Taube The next day I crossed the fjord again, and this time I had the opportunity to enjoy a few days in Engelsviken together with my brother and nephew, and not at least say hello to our good friends in "Tre om Taube". They play 70-80 Evert Taube-performances each summer at Engelsviken Brygge (yes, where they have the famous fish soup). All the concerts are generally packed, and I strongly recommend to see these professional artists. "Flybåten" (a high speed catamaran from Tønsberg to Engelsviken) corresponds to the shows, so you come out all right both ways if you travel from the Vestfold side of the fjord.

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Engelsviken

Engelsviken Brygge FlybåtenEngelsviken is excellently positioned for continued sailing southward (Hvaler islands/Strømstad and the Koster islands) or north towards Drøbak and Oslo. Right inside the breakwater is the marina with all amenities. There is a fish processing and sales further into the bay, so you can get the wriggling fish right in the pan (if you don't prefer to (try to) fish it yourself).

In the evening you can enjoy the Taube performance and/or a meal/drink at the restaurant, or go for a walk on the headland and watch the sun set over Vestfold.

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The Bolærne islands

Engelsviken Brygge Ø Bolærne gjestehavnMany of this year's trips have been to the Bolærne islands. The three islands are located farthest north in the archipelago. The distance from East Bolæren to Vallø is approx. 4.5 nm, and takes an hour with "Kuling". The waters are well protected from any wind direction, so it is a good area to train controlled sailing in. Wanting more wind, I just sail through one of the straits, then I'm in open waters.

Moreover, it is a great destination for a day or overnight trip. There are many great anchorage points around all three islands. Eastern Bolæren is the most visited by yachting people. There is a relatively large marina with all facilities. Just above the harbor is the barbecue area with 3-4 grills and some benches.

Kanon på Østre Bolæren RadarThe islands were formerly owned by the Norwegian military defence. Until 2004 any disembarkation was strictly prohibited, but the islands are now released for boaters. On Eastern Bolæren many installations of the Armed Forces are still deployed. The guns are of course disarmed and sealed, but they are there as monuments of ancient dramas. All the underground passages are walled up. The radar on top of the island is still used by traffic station in Horten, and from here you have a fantastic view of the Oslo Fjord.

Solnedgang There are worse places to spend a summer evening than Eastern Bolæren.

Sundet mellom Østre Bolæren og Garnholmen The strait between the East Bolæren and Garnholmen. It is also possible to go ashore.

Høy og lav The West Bolæren is the one closest to the mainland. The narrow strait between the West and Central Bolæren is called Jensesundet. Here are marinas and beaches on both sides of the strait, on the Western is a cafe as well.

Here on a visit in Jensesundet. Brother Stein and nephew Sander is trying to determine wich mast is the taller.

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Fulehuk lighthouse

Fulehuk fyr On the eastern edge of the archipelago, a few nm's south of the marina on the eastern Bolæren, we find the Fulehuk lighthouse. The lighthouse was manned until 1979 and operational until 1989, when the "lighthouse duties" were taken over by the unmanned Hollenderbåen beacon. The lighthouse has been, and is still, restored, maintained and operated by the Association of Fulehuk's Friends. You can stay overnight for a reasonable price, arrange parties, or just go on shore and feel the history.

Fulehuk fyr Because of the shallow waters and strong currents it can be tricky to land the boat here, so the Oslofjord Outdoor Recreation Society recommends using taxi boat. But I've been there many times with "Kuling" and other small boats. Consider the weather and currents, do not get freaked by any spectators (they will be more than happy to help), then landing is not that difficult.

Sel A seal enjoying him(her?)self on a rock in the evening sun, just south of Fulehuk. Hollenderbåen beacon to the right, the Hvaler islands in the background.

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A few more pictures from the area

Sky

The weather was at times very unstable in the summer of 2011.

Ku på Masseløya Cows and sheep are touring the islands to keep the vegetation down.

Færder fyr Færder lighthouse, in the far south of the archipelago.

Torgersøya fyr sett fra Klopp The Torgersøya island with fog alarm clock and lighthouse, seen from Klopp marina.

Vallø båthavn sett fra Torgersøya Vallø marina ("Kuling"'s home harbour in the summer), seen from the Torgersøya island.

 

Read more about..

..background and preparations before the construction,
in Olle Jeppsson's own words.

..the construction in text and images,
also written by Jeppsson (Opens in new window).

..Sharpie 600 on the designer's (Björn Thomasson's) website
(Opens in new window).
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