Närastrand, Öland

The hotel/hostel we stayed at for our least night on Öland is called Närastrand, as Andy says, it’s well worth considering, it’s clean and friendly, the bathroom facilities while communal are four star. They have a fully equipped communal kitchen, they had lit the Bbq grills the place also has an open community feeling. the only detraction is that at Hagapark camping you can have your gear right out side the chalet and have somewhere to hang wet gear, at Närastrand we hung the wetsuits on the car 🚗. Another option would be to have a wet bag and just stuck it up when its time to put it back on.

just a note for people who aren’t familiar with the Swedish stugor system, although you’re paying hotel prices you still need to bring bed clothes to put over the covers, mattress and pillow. Even worse at Hagapark camping they don’t supply anything….. Not even a shop on site to buy essentials, for that you need to a take a trip to to the next town or stop at the supermarket when you get over the bridge from Kalmar

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Öland August 2014

Wow, wow, wow! What a cool few days!!

Neil, Charlie and myself headed down to Öland for the ‘last sail of freedom’ before we headed back to work on Monday. We booked a ‘Stugor’ (Cabin) at Haga Park Camping for one night. We planned to just do night and then head back, but ended up staying for a second night as the predictions for the weather and wind on the final day was so good.

I dont recall the place we stayed at for the second night, but I will ask Neil to post the location and info as its the best place to stay if you are sailing at Haga Park. It was cheaper and much more modern and fresh than Haga Park Camping… so we totally recommend it!

Charlie was out in the mornings and when the wind dropped, then Neil and I headed out in the afternoons. I just love this place… love the water and love the people. It really reminds me of the early days of sailing down at Portland Harbour in the UK… chilled, relaxed and safe!

I was blasting away on my 7 metre sail, using the carbon board. The wind didnt really get up enough to get out the small board and smaller sail, but I still have lots of fun!

Charlie can now sail, on his own and do a turn… really great work! Amazing what a year can do… last year it was hard for him to get the sail out the water, now its easy… i am a proud Dad! 🙂 (Heres a few pics!)

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Gotland July 2014

I headed over to Gotland with the family. We have some great friends there and I decided to put the board on the roof.

We mainly stay in Lau, a small farming village on the South East of Gotland… I found the most amazing spot just 15 minutes away. It was straight on the water, no one around and clear open wind off the ocean.

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The Pindrop is the beach! I recommend it if you are on the Island and have a North or South Easterly wind!

Öland June 2014

We did a DAY TRIP down to Öland to see if it was worth doing. Im getting really disappointed with the Stockholm locations, it seems to be a lot of driving and hunting for places that often offer long walks to the beach and gusty conditions. The idea is that maybe its worth just heading down to Öland every now and then, rather than regular hunts for spots around Stockholm?!

Anyhow… its was a good (but long) day and the wind was ok. But definitely worth going for a few days as a 4.5hr drive is pretty harsh! 😉

Update…2014

We’ve been a little slow this year in updating the blog and keeping current on the events! I had a little girl late last year, so this summers been busy with family life…. but we managed to get out on the water a few times!

I’ll post new posts for each outing… just to keep the diary up to date.

AndyC