We arrived late at Cuxhaven and left early the next morning. The conditions for sailing to Helgoland was good.
We had a close reach all the way. Full main to start with but as the wind increased we reefed the main and ended up with a bottom reefed main and full jib. Good speed, we had the current with us most of the way.
The marina was packed with boats as we arrived at the weekend so that meant rafting, we were six boats at the same spot, Mist as number four.
Duty free shopping and lots of tourist, at least between one and five a´clock when the ferries arrive and depart.
Sunday morning boats began to leave and after moving Mist around a couple of times we found a spot of our own. We took a walk around the island and had a look at the gannets, you got really close to the birds.
Together with our neighbours on sy Josephine we planned to go to Cuxhaven together. The tide was right at 1800 and an our before that we motored out to the waiting point and half an hour later we were let into the lock.
Almost no wind so we motored together towards Cuxhaven.
The current got stronger and stronger and when we reached Cuxhaven we had at least 4 knots of current with us and it was really getting dark which made entering the marina a bit tricky but all went well and we stopped at the fuelling pontoon to fill up with diesel and water before finding a suitable spot to for the night.
When we got out of bed in the morning around six thirty there were some boats circling at the canal waiting point, when we had finished our breakfast they were still there so we quickly made the boat ready and motored to the waiting point and we made it just in time.
So no waiting for us just following the other boats into the lock.
There is almost no height difference between the Baltic sea and the canal so we were soon on our way again.
After almost exactly ten hours of motoring we reached Brunnsbüttel at the western end of the canal. Not much to see on the way, some nice old bridges, ferries and of course some shipping. We moored alongside another Swedish sailing boat, “Josephine” with a really nice family onboard.
It was only a short walk to the supermarket and we got some provisions.
We took a walk to look at the locks and the river Elbe, we even had a evening meal at a restaurant for a change.
After a good nights sleep we left Hårbölle and motored westwards, no wind at all and absolutely flat water, a nice change from yesterday. We decided to go to Vejrö.
A really nice harbour. Everything was in top condition. WC, showers, washing machines, bicycles, barbecue grills and even charcoal was included in the harbour fee. There was a small shed in the harbour where one could bye locally produced vegetables (and of course beer, this is Denmark).
We took a bicycle tour round the island, pheasants and brambles everywhere. Vejrö is a place we will visit again.
We left Skanör quite early in the morning. Easterly winds and we started with just a reefed mainsail. A bit too much wind and big steep waves. We had the wind just before the beam and made good speed but it was uncomfortable.
When we rounded Möns Klint we could ease the sheets and life became a little easier. When we entered the very narrow buoyed channel towards Grönsund we started the engine and took down the mainsail. Really nice to be in flat waters again.
There was a available spot at Hårbölle harbour, just a foot of water beneath the keel.
An early start and easterly winds. Full main and the code almost all day. Really good sailing.
A lot of current against but we made good progress anyway. When we sailed past Helsingör we were doing eight knots through the water but only five knots over ground.
The last couple of miles before Skanör we changed the code for the jib and even had to take in a reef in the main. Skanör harbour was really crowded and we moored alongside a Danish 29 foot motorsailer.
A meal, a short walk and an ice cream before retiring below deck.
The plan was to sail to Glommen but the wind was westerly and we could steer directly at Anholt. Close hauled but doing good speed. After lunch the wind shifted and there was no way we could reach Anholt so we decided to go fore the original plan and had a nice broad reach all the way to Glommen.
No problem finding a good spot as we were the only visiting boat.
Sailed distance 66,0 nautical miles.
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