OCC RoRC Report from the Baltic

OCC RoRC Report from the Baltic

Golden Eye (10th July 2019) is leading a cruise in company of 40 boats through the Swedish Archipelago.

By Ernie Godshalk - 21/07/2019

After Midsommar, which I spent near Sandhamn, Sweden with friends, daughter and granddaughter, the cruising season is getting into high gear here, despite very cold and rainy weather so far, a marked contrast to last summer’s outstanding warmth.

It was a pleasure to welcome aboard Golden Eye RRC North-West Europe Hans Hansell, who is making rounds and had just returned from meeting prominent OCC people in Norway.

As I write this, Golden Eye, flying the burgee from the spreader, is tied to the rocks in Napoleonviken, Ägnö, Sweden. I am leading a cruise that includes approximately two dozen OCC members who are also members of the cruise host clubs: The Cruising Club of America, Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Swedish initials: KSSS) and its North American Station (of which I am post captain). The fleet consists of over 40 boats and 200 people for 16 days to harbours out to the far reaches of the Stockholm archipelago. KSSS has been a fabulous host, starting with the opening dinner at spectacular Vasa Museum, Scandinavia’s most popular tourist venue. We rendezvoused at Sandhamn and will end with a closing dinner at Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden.

Our plans are to head south, including Gotland, Christiansö and Bornholm, then likely leave the Baltic after 10 wonderful years here.

I look forward to meeting members in, or discussions with members about, the Baltic region.

Photo: Midsommar pole

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