I was going to write all about our exit from the EU into Norway and the rules of temporary importation into the EU. I was going to share our experiences in Oslo, the Oslo Fjord, and our pleasant trip amongst the delightfully scenic islets and skerries of the Skagerrak. I thought about sharing a serendipitous occasion catching up with seasoned sailors, Björn and Annika who we first met in Tasmania in 2010.
But instead I’m sitting inside the saloon of Blue Heeler while Storm Knud thrashes outside. After a great week up in Norway, now we are berthed at the northern end of Orust, an island on the west coast of Sweden and the wind is still blowing hard outside after a night of 45-60kn.
So, why are we here?
A week ago, as we were sailing Blue Heeler south after a glorious summer season, our plans changed dramatically. With only a few hundred miles remaining of our sailing season we were enjoying the last vestiges of summer and anticipating the arrival of winter.
At Marstrand, about 15nm north of Göteborg, Blue Heeler had an incident with a ferry. I won’t go into more detail here about the event, suffice to say, no one was hurt.
But our sturdy and trusty Blue Heeler was sufficiently damaged. Fortunately it remains afloat albeit with a nasty hole in the hull. A break in the weather just before Storm Ali and Storm Knud appeared, allowed us to patch the hole with Gorilla tape and motor to the north of Orust to have the damage assessed for repair. So swiftly and unexpectedly do plans change.
While it is a massive disappointment this happened, we are so fortunate the damage was minimal and no one was hurt.
We are hopeful it won’t be long until our floating home, Blue Heeler, will be repaired and sailing again soon.