Making landfall in Västra Göteland in our own yacht towards the end of August was very special. Our first cruise in the area was in 2003 (yes, the Overlord trip already referred to!). Our friends Ingemar and Ann-Britt had invited us to sail with them on Lady Ann III on two separate occasions, and it was with them that we really discovered this marvellous sailing area with its granite rock formations and ever-changing scenery.
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Hunnebostrand has much to offer in the summer season with plentiful marina berths of all sizes, as well as anchoring. Off the boat, there is good hiking in many different directions. As with Norway, our arrival at the end of August heralded end of summer so we saw the little shops and boutiques opening at the weekend only. Ingemar and Ann-Britt’s summer house is nearby at Ulebergshamn, which for us was a dinghy ride away, and we were invited for the evening feasting on shrimps ordered and collected straight from the fisherman! After more socialising with them and in and around the (private) marina where we had been fortunate enough to have been offered an unoccupied berth, we felt we had to move on southwards while the weather was still reasonable.
Leaving the nearby Sote Kanal behind us, which we had been through a couple of times before, so felt like old hands, we headed for Lysekil with its imposing church, an easy 17 nm sail away. Again, thanks to our visit here last year, we knew the ropes and went straight into the less crowded and more protected Fisherman’s marina. Next day, Sunday, along with many local sailors enjoying pleasant weekend weather, we threaded our way between the islands to the west of Orust before heading out to more open sea and approaching Marstrand from the northwest. Compared to the last time we were here it was quiet and we were even able to go alongside in the marina where we stayed overnight.
Unfortunately by evening the weather had closed in. It turned cool, damp and windy and we wanted to go out for a meal! Eventually, we found the one and only restaurant that was open ‘Hamnkrogen’ – across the channel on the opposite island! The frequent ferry service made access easy and we were there within 10 minutes!
After just a week in Sweden we slipped our lines, took down the Swedish courtesy flag and set sail for Denmark.