Helgoland

We arrived late at Cuxhaven and left early the next morning. The conditions for sailing to Helgoland was good.

Leaving Cuxhaven

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.

Approaching Helgoland

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.

Mist is #4

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.

Sailed distance 36,4 nautical miles.

Cuxhaven

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.

Entering Elbe

Almost no wind so we motored together towards Cuxhaven.

Sy Josephine

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.

Sailed distance 17,3 nautical miles.

Brunnsbüttel

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.

The waiting point

So no waiting for us just following the other boats into the lock.

Entering the lock

There is almost no height difference between the Baltic sea and the canal so we were soon on our way again.

Leaving the lock
Passing freighter

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.

Brunnsbüttel marina

It was only a short walk to the supermarket and we got some provisions.

Elbe
Brunnsbüttel old harbour

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.

Sailed distance 52,2 nautical miles.

Kiel

We left Spodsbjerg at seven a´clock. Light winds right in the nose so no sailing.

Keldsnor lighthouse at the southern tip of Langeland

When we got closer to Kiel the traffic intensified and there where several sailing ships, some naval ships and the usual shipping.

Sailing ship at Kiel
Holtenau

We moored in Holtenau just north of the Kiel canal locks. A walk to the supermarket and a short evening walk.

Mist at Holtenau

Sailed distance 44,3 nautical miles.

Vejrö

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.

Approaching 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).

Vejrö lighthouse
And there were 300 of them
Nice greenhouse

We took a bicycle tour round the island, pheasants and brambles everywhere. Vejrö is a place we will visit again.

Sailed distance 29,2 nautical miles.

Denmark here we come

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.

A lot of shipping
Möns klint

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.

Enjoying flat waters

There was a available spot at Hårbölle harbour, just a foot of water beneath the keel.

Grönsund
Evening walk along Grönsund
Mist at Hårbölle

A meal, a walk and then it was bedtime.

Sailed distance 52,8 nautical miles.

Skanör

Leaving Mölle

An early start and easterly winds. Full main and the code almost all day. Really good sailing.

Nice 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.

Helsingör

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.

Mist at Skanör

A meal, a short walk and an ice cream before retiring below deck.

Sailed distance 56,4 nautical miles.

Mölle

We left Glommen early in the morning expecting a nice broad reach towards Denmark.

Leaving Glommen, Morups Tånge lighthouse

There was a nasty swell and almost no wind. Sails flapping, very uncomfortable and very slow progress. We changed plans and motored along the Swedish oast instead of going to Denmark.

Kullen

Late afternoon we reached Mölle.

Mölle

Not many boats but quite a lot of people visiting the bars in the harbour. We went ashore for something to eat and a beer.

Mölle sunset

Sailed distance 44,7 nautical miles.

Glommen

We cast off a quarter past eight in the morning.

Mist at Öckerö

No wind at all to start with.

Vinga in the distance
Buskärs knöte

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.

Glommen fishing harbour

No problem finding a good spot as we were the only visiting boat.

Sailed distance 66,0 nautical miles.