Rasvag

We liked Korshavn very much, but it was time to move on. The forecast was for strong winds and still some swell. Farsund was nearby and the way there was not so exposed to the sea. It is a town and we needed to do some shopping.

Once underway, we found the sea state and wind to be OK so we changed course and headed for the next headland – Lista. Downwind sailing and sunshine in the cockpit. Life could be worse.

It took some time to set up for offshore down wind sailing. We had to rigg some more lines and “dance on deck” as Sally rolled in the swell. We use our gennaker sheets on the genoa for the pole, lift and downhaul attached to the end of the pole (using the mid pole attachment points provided as standard puts too much strain on the pole). This fixes the end of the spinnaker pole and gives us full control of the sail. We also secure the main boom with a downhaul. The line is lead to the cockpit and long enough for the tackle to stay attached after a jibe.

The advantage of the arrangement with double sheets prevents the regular sheets from chafing and it allows us to disengage the pole from the sail without leaving the cockpit. We just bring the pole down to the deck. The picture shows it when the sheet is of but the gennaker sheets are long enough to stay attached to the genoa when the regular sheets are used.

The going around Lista was good, 7-8 knots in a strong breeze.

Lista is known for its low-lying coastline and shallow waters and should be passed with care. One should stay so fare out that the top of the lighthouse is below the mountains in the background according to the Norwegian pilot. We did – with a margin.

We arrived in Rasvag (Rasvåg) in time for a late lunch. We wre the only guests in the marina. A friendly place with nice facilities and very reasonably prised.

The walk after lunch took us past the white houses to a nice little shop with al the provisions we needed – no need for a town.

Rasvag is on a fully protected small bay on the island of Hidra. A lovely small village with a lot of history.

It rained most of the afternoon but we managed a second walk in the early evening. It took us to the old cabin where the pilots used to sit and look for ships. One can imagine the strength of wind on this hill. Please note the chains securing the smal cabin to the rock.

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