The wind calmed down as expected. From 8 Bft. to 2-3 Bft blowing from west. A good day to ferry to Denmark. Wind almost in 90° angle to our course will take us directly from Orth to Bagenkop, our port of entry in Denmark. We slept in and only took off at 11:45 to give the Baltic Sea time to calm down a little. Old waves with little wind is likely not a good combination for Sina’s first longer trip away from shore on our Seascape.
On 12:31 Main and Genoa were hoisted, course 320°, 10 knots of wind, 0,5 meters of waves directly towards Bagenkop. There were barley any clouds, no rain expected, just how it’s supposed to be.
Though Bagenkop is quite spacious, we might run into an issue with getting a box. It’s main season. Ports in the South Funen Archipelago are known to be overcrowded this time of year. Better hurry!
With 10 knots of true wind in a ~ 90° angle our Seascape was gliding with 8 knots of boat speed. We passed the first 3 boats while Fehmarn was still abeam. A lot of other boats were far ahead. It looked like entire Germany waited to transit to Denmark today, but they got up early.
Not a problem, just a challenge. Wind dropped to 1-2 Bft. for about 1/3 of the way picking up again shortly before we had to take down sails to enter Bagenkop. At that time, we have passed 14 sailboats in total heading our way. Once we learn how to operate the asymmetrical spinnaker, we will double the numbers.
In the end we lost two positions when taking down our sails but the speed payed off anyhow. After ~5 hours in total, we got one of the lasts boxes, electricity in reach of our quite short cable.
A perfect day ending with “team flatrate” showering and a Scotch in the cockpit.