A summary of our tour from Kappeln, Germany, to Kristiansand, Norway. Unfortunately, we hit a rock in Denmark and had to pull Tioga out for repairs in Aarhus, Denmark.
As we were lucky to find a nice group of people in Aarhus, we only lost three days. The new mast made it in one piece and the bad weather is already forgotten…
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Believe or not but we did have to use sunscreen today 😉
By 01:00 the large windfarm off of Anholt was in sight. It looked like a landing strip for aliens with all its white flashes etc.
By 03:30 we were past Anholt and reached Læsø by 09:00. With 8-9kn, we were going pretty fast in the SW wind.
Now at 14:30 we reached Denmark’s northern-most point, Skagen, where the Baltic sea meets the North Sea, and started preparation for the North Sea (we changed from large genoa to working jib in anticipation of almost 20kn from the west). We are surrounded by a surprisingly large fleet of freighters waiting out here.
We are planning for a about 24 hr crossing to arrive somewhere around Mandal.
The mood on board is good. All are catching up on sleep and are checking the charts even more frequently than before 😉
After 3.5 very long days, with very few mistakes, Kevin drove us to perform the miracle of putting the mast together and stepping it on Tioga.
We were very lucky as it did not rain yesterday when most of the outside work had to be done. Of course today is another story, but we managed to get the work done in between the showers….
Bills are paid, the fueldock is waiting and we have said our good-byes. Can’t wait to finally hoist the sails.
We changed to http://farkwar.com/boats/tioga for tracking, but are not sure if it works yet. You might be able to find us on Marinetraffic via AIS as well.
Our plan is to sail directly to Stavanger in Norway. Of course, the forecast for this afternoon is SW in the thirties! We’ll see how far we make it, of if we need to find shelter somewhere in Denmark.
While we are waiting for our new mast to arrive in Kappeln, I had the opportunity to fly with my buddy Jens around Germany’s northern-most state, Schleswig-Holstein, and take a couple of maritime themed photos.
You might recognize the locks of the Kiel Canal we went through last summer, a couple of the marinas in Kiel, the lighthouses we passed on the way to Kappeln, or the Schlei (where Tioga is now). Other interesting sites are the UNESCO world heritage Wattemeer in the Northsea and some of the islands and beaches in that area.
North Sea – Sandbank – Wattenmeer
The last leg of our 2015 transatlantic tour took us from St Malo, France, via Guernsey (Channel Islands) and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK) to Germany.
The Channel Islands are a destination in their own right and in three days we barely scratched the surface. Taking the ferry to Sark was a great experience and we wished we had more time (and less rain).
Sailing across the Channel past the Needles and down the Solent to the sailing mecca, Cowes, was a special experience (especially, when 400 boats participating in the Fastnet Race are going in the opposite direction).
On the Isle of Wight we enjoyed our daily exercise riding bikes up and down the rolling hills.
Finally pushing off to the final sail took us past the cliffs of Dover, lots wind farms and oil platforms and endless lines of freighters. Going through the locks to get into the Kiel Canal indicated that we were getting close.
A large reception with family and friends topped it off before we took Tioga out of the water in Kappeln.
All basic repairs are done by now and the more significant work is in progress. The new mast was ordered.
Distance traveled: about 680nm.
Life is good… (don’t wait too long to live it to its fullest 😉 )
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