Sunday, July 13, 2014

Laesø/Denmark via Skagen - 07/11/2014

From Hals/Denmark to Laesø/Denmark via Skagen, distance 83 NM, weather:sunny, wind 3-4 NE, temperature 25°C

Todays story is kind of strange...

We leave Hals/Denmark early in the morning still convinced, that the best plan for our journey is to go for long distances in the beginning, then go back slowly with shorter trips. Magdalena is not quiet feeling well today with a little low fever, but she lays down in the salon with books and iPad games and is as happy as she could be.
The wind changes every now and then and we have to start the engine once in a while.
At 5pm we reach our destination Skagen at the very north of Denmark, which would be the perfect spot to jump over the Skagerak the other day. But when entering the harbor, we have to realize that it is completely over crowded. And to tell the truth, with this large dog, you can not just get along side another boat "Oh, you don't mind that our large, black, furry, hair losing, sympathetic dog is running over your boat back and forth, do you?!".
At the end we stop shortly at the gas station and filled our tank and emptied Hugo's "tank" and then decided to make it the first night trip this journey...The new destination would be the westswedish skerries as far north as we could get this night.
The sunset is very beautiful and since it is full moon, the moonlight is glimmering very romantically on the water.
But we have to admit, we underestimated that the wind strengthened quite a bit and the waves became even higher. The success of the course we take is, that the children although already in bed feel severely seasick again....seeing that this journey starts to stress them out, is the point to skip our plans and take a new direction.
We bear away and run for the island Laesø although that takes us back South a good bit. Madita runs now much calmer and the children are able to sleep, while we are sitting in the cockpit discussing what this day teaches us.....
We reach Laesø at 3 in the morning and guess what?! is even more crowed.......Anyway we moor alongside any ship in this whole crowd, where we are not even able to determine where the pontoons might be and fall fast a sleep.

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