We left Uto on Saturday 18 August. We had a prompt start just before 0700 but it was already a sunny morning. After retrieving our stern anchor and trying to get some of the clay off it we headed SW down the coast. Unfortunately the light wind was also SW so for the first three hours we had to motor.
A little while after we changed course to a generally E direction; I say generally as we had to navigate round and through a succession of islands and rocks as we skirted the mainland. Our course was now generally more WNW so we were able to sail for the second half of our passage, after 33nm we were making our way up a shallow and narrow buoyed passage to Trosa. By now the wind was quite gusty and we opted to stay in the river and go alongside the long promenade that encloses part of the harbour. This was to be a mistake we discovered later!
|Main river entrance to Trosa|
|River meanders through the town|
|More traditional, older, homes in Trosa|
On the way we came across a couple of areas occupied by hundreds of cormorants. We were quite surprised as usually, on England's S coast we perhaps see two or three together at the most.
|Standing room only on this rock!|
|Whileaway on the town quay|
|Old and new Council House in Nykoping|
|Traditional housing in the town centre|
|And modern flats|
|Remains of old castle wall and newer additions|
|Cafe and grounds|
|The nature reserve island behind Whileaway|
|On the island itself|
We noted that the channel that passed by Navekvarn had quite a lot of commercial traffic, hence advice not to moor on the outer pontoons because of wash!
|Shipping in the channel|
|The harbour - Whileaway and Swedish yacht on the right|
|The local ferry arriving|
|Work boat with tractor and trailors|
|Beautifully kept traditional rowing boat|
|Ships bell and lantern in the chapel|
|Between the islands|
We made satisfactory progress until, after about 3 hours, the wind began to steadily increase beyond the forecast F4. It was due to be stronger towards mid-afternoon but by around 1200 it was constantly around 24-25kn, F6. The sky was threatening, gradually darkening with rain clouds. I had just got my wet weather gear on when the wind began to sharply increase and very heavy rain began to fall. Within a minute the wind was accelerating past 30 then 40kn and the rain was sheeting down with visibility reduced to about 5 metres at the most. It took plenty of effort just to keep Whileaway facing into the wind. In the following few minutes the howling wind briefly touched 50kn before it began to fall as the squall passed over. Within another couple of minutes we were down to 15kn, the rain eased and visibility returned. Not a pleasant experience!
At this stage we were only about 2nm from our destination, the small island of Ido so we were pleased to tie up in the small harbour soon afterwards. We were the only boat there but that was to change as others appeared later in the afternoon.
|The harbour at Ido|
|Paths on rocks and gravel|
There are numerous summer houses and what appear to be holiday cottages dotted around the island. Different areas were protected by electric fences and a notice explained that cattle were generally allowed to wander freely around the island.
|Cows keeping the place tidy!|
|Whileaway in the harbour at Visby|
An initial walk around the centre of the town showed that there were very attractive streets and buildings.
|Just a few of the attractive streets and houses|
We also learnt that Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its history including over 90 medieval churches and extensive and substantial town walls from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Most of the church ruins in Visby date back to the beginning the thirteenth century. Perhaps most impressive is St Karin which overlooks the town square and was completed in 1250.
|Two views of the ruined Church of St Karin|
|The South Gate|
|Walls around the North Gate|
|The rose garden|
|Two of the picture stones|
|Across the roofs to the sea, ruined Church of St Clemens in the distance|
Some enjoyable days in Visby but time to move on. The wind will strongly influence our decision on our next port of call.