Kokar to Mariehamn
Posted in : Starling
After an undisturbed (well apart from the occasional gentle growl emanating from the crews quarters) night at anchor, a hearty breakfast was served courtesy of Erika. The breakfast was to be the first of Erika’s culinary delights. Some of us took the opportunity to whizz ashore in the dinghy for last minute sweets and a peruse of the facilities. Weighing anchor in the late forenoon – Starling began to put put her way towards Mariehamn, again thwarted by light headwinds progress was only going to be made with power support. Nevertheless the stunning scenery held our attention, particularly resplendent with gin clear sky blue backdrop setting off the granite and fir lined slopes. Temperatures are soaring in to the high 20s so sun slap and shorts are in order. Aussie/kiwi Sue was acting ‘vasco’ today and was unerring in her precision and dedication guiding the boat between countless cardinal marks and through beautiful rocky passages. As we move west the commercial traffic is increasing giving Steve who is swotting for his Yacht Master examination some well needed practical examples. We arrived early evening in Mariehamn and remained at anchor overnight. The Anchorage was a beautiful opportunity to share another stunning crew meal (lemon tarragon chicken on rice) Erika has definitely set the mother watch standard today. I nearly forgot to mention the best lemon drizzle cake in the world that was served for afternoon tea! After supper – we enjoyed the endless sunset at the north of the Fjord and a ballet of brightly illuminated ferries pirouetting on and off the cruise liner berth. If that wasn’t enough Steve cracked open his whiskey and wound up the vibes on the stereo for an impromptu crew deck party! Dawn saw the crew rise and Steve’s attempt to prepare breakfast, before the exertions of yesterday saw him off and he needed to return to bed. Now secure alongside in Mariehamn the crew are ashore shopping and searching out bargains in Scandinavia’s duty free paradise. Tonight promises a meal ashore, a classic American Car Rally and an open air rock concert – what could possibly go wrong!