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Mariehamn to Arholma

Posted in : Starling

Starling slipped lines from Mariehamn in glorious sunshing. With Finland the Åland islands disappearing astern and Sweden on the bow. We enjoyed cahmpagne sailing beam reach and a steady force 4. With all sails trimmed the team relaxed to mellow beatsin the cockpit with a plentiful supply of teas and coffees served with freshly baked banana loaf. Once securely anchored in the picturesque bay of Arholma, pigeon was inflated and a shore party dispatched to search for a suitable BBQ site. Others took the opportunity to explore ashore, the rocky forests of Finland have given way to Swedish pastures and meadows with the occasional rocky woodland. Sharing the anchorage with us was a rally of Swedish classic yachts – which presented an excellent opportunity for our amateur ‘rick tomlinsons’ to hone their skills. We have been immediately exposed to Swedish hospitality, a local family allowed us to use their shore side BBQ site and jetty. Food was superbly and precisely charred by BBQ meister Steve, whilst the rest of us enjoyed the sunset over the still waters. This morning after a brief rainstorm we have set off for a 47 miles to Vaxholm our last stop before arriving in Stockholm