Crossing from Sweden to Denmark

Submitted by jono on 14 Aug 2017.

An early morning dash in a narrow weather window got me to the Danish island of Læsø. Overnight had been windy so the Swedish side of the Skagerrak / Kateggat Sea was confused and lumpy - but he angle was just right to sail high in reaching mode, thereby heading into the waves rather than accelerating down them. That keeps speeds down and means control is less of an issue. By the middle things had calmed down enough that I had the confidence for a spot of filming in the shipping lanes. The aircraft at the end of the clip circled a few times for a good look.

Læsø itself is lovely. Sand everywhere though and navigationally problematic if you don't check the map. I checked the map afterwards which was the wrong way round.

I then met up with Swedish yachting friends Ingar and Elizabeth at Vesterø Havn on the west of the island. A strong headwind, Earl Gray tea, Danish pastries, and the offer of a berth on board contrived to make stopping for the day the most attractive option. It's our third meeting: two times in Norway - when I also met Sven - and now here. And I stopped at Sven and Ingar's home port of Grundsund (Sweden) where Dag, Maud and - it seems - the rest of the town, made me very welcome. Nice when connections repeat.

Today the wind direction looked unfavourable but it turned out grand. I made it safely across to the Danish mainland, just a short hop away from Limfjorden - where I will cut through to the North Sea coast.

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