We had a lovely visit to Gdansk – a really nice old town area that has been rebuilt following what looks like almost total destruction during World War II. The marina is right in the heart of the old town – and right next to some bombed out buildings that look like they might become a part of an open air museum in the near future. Around the area they are putting in new docks and walkways. The city is clearly geared up for their important tourist season. When we arrived, the marina even hoisted an American flag in our honor!!
We left on Friday morning at 7:00am after spending 3 nights in Gdansk and headed for Leipaja in Latvia. Our weather forecast was for good weather but very little wind – looked like we were going to have to motor most of the way (25hours). However at 10am the wind built to 7kts and we managed to get the boat going at about 5kts with Spinnaker. We later raised the main and got her going at 7 – 8kts in about 10kts of wind. The spinnaker was pulled pretty tight as we were reaching pretty well into the wind.
Unfortunately a wind shift put the wind directly behind us so we suffered the engine once more, but then after turning right at the top end of a Russian exclusion zone, we were able to reach again with Genoa and Main and managed to sail consistently through the night hours at 5.5 – 7.5kts, arriving at our next port of call, Leipaja, Latvia just before lunchtime.