The wind is blowing from east with 5-6 Bft. We are leaving our anchorage in Ærøskøbing bay to escape the roller coaster our Seascape is part of. The GPS shows up to 2,5 knots of SOG while swinging back and forth from one side of the anchor to the other.
Course towards Lyø, the most western island of the South Funen Archipelago.
We are hoisting the Genoa and skipping the main. A short distance, and a good down-wind course saves us the trouble of handling the main in this conditions. The waves are picking up, slowly building a good 1.5 meters of wave height. It’s a nice ride coupled with anxiety about the narrow and unknown approach to the harbor.
The small harbor is packed, though is was recently enlarged and more than doubled in size. Nice spot in a “package”. We are going alongside “Charly”, a glass fiber classic, who just berthed alongside another boat, who just berthed … well, we are boat number 7 in the row – two more to come. Fortunately the boats are all tied up at dolphins with the bow, wind is coming straight on. No pressure or rubbing from other boats. Free bruises for Sina though.
We are going for a stroll. The island basically consists of the harbor with very basic facilities, a small village and “supermarket” and fields over fields of barley. The colonization of Lyø started around 1600 A.C., some of the cute houses, mainly thatched roofs, look like they are reaching back that far. The church (Lyø Kirke), build 1640, is the center of the only round cemetery conserved in Denmark.