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Arholma to Stockholm

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Everyone is ready earlier than usual after another delicious breakfast of eggy bread ….so we commence our journey to Vexholm. The route takes through some of the tightest passages of the archipelago winding between the smooth granite outcrops. Whilst the medium of rocky fur lined islands remains constant, the houses are increasing in scale and opulence as we head closer to Sweden’s capital. We spend the day admiring the shoreside houses, discussing plans to escape and settle on our private islands in our timber villas with lawns laid to the waters edge and our own private jetty for swimming and mooring our selection of boats. (And of course what kind of sauna would work best) At Vexholm we get the best possible mooring, allowing us to step straight from the boat into the bar. Vexholm is a delight, the fortified capital of the the Stockholm archipelago. A town, that straddles the tip of the island. Following another great meal, chicken and sweet potato curry, having eaten too much we head off for an evening stroll around the towns splendid villas and the parks – another deer spotted. A few hours to explore in the morning saw crew choosing between beach swimming, electric (and non electric) cycling, and coffee shop mooching. Returning for one last set of boat checks and a scandanvian buffet for lunch, the the assembled and slipped lines for Stockholm. Training is never forgotten and we revised fog, causation, responses and the collision regs (for Yachtmaster) Steve. Approaching Stockholm the shore becomes steeper and the buildings more industrial. Despite the afternoon cloud hanging over the city, arrival in Stockholm was breathtaking and our berth alongside the Vassa museum seems as good a place as any to finish our adventure!