11-05-13 to 18-05-13 Aarhus to Aalborg

From the Northen Palm beach in Frederikshavn to the Carnival in
Aalborg, 235 miles.

Skipper: Christian

Crew: Francois, Severin, Hanna and Jerzy

Our first voyage will take us 22 miles from Aarhus to Ebeltoft.  After the handover, and shopping and
marvelling at the amazing storage places on the boat, the skipper gives the
order to set off.  We had hoped for
warmer weather, but the three hour voyage is conducted in cloud, rain and
cold.  We carefully keep watch, because
of the many high speed ferries which cross our route.

In the morning, it’s boat handling practice and we didn’t feel the cold
weather, so intently did we concentrate on the situation and manoeuvres.  When Hanna takes the wheel, there is suddenly
a huge bang.  We all look round, but it
is not from the boat, but the midday canon on the nearby frigate Jylland, a
museum ship. In the afternoon (an after visiting the museum ship) we sail to
Grenaa 30 miles away.  It is windy, quite
sunny, but still cold.  The AIS is a
great help in identifying the fast ferries and avoiding collisions.

In the evening, Francois makes spaghetti Bolognese while Jerzy and
Severin passage plan for tomorrow, earning a relaxing Jack Daniels!

The weather in the morning is worse, and the proposed route would have
meant 37 miles straight into the strong wind, so we choose a different route,
going round a huge windfarm.  The weather
deteriorates, and when we turn to the east the following seas lets us surf up
to 14 knots, with just seven knots of boat speed.  It is a relief to get into the calm of the
port, which is almost deserted, certainly no tourists out yet.  The skipper makes a fine shrimp and spaghetti
supper.

The weather is a bit better in the morning, so we decide to make the 56
m hop to the island of Læsø.  It is still
raining, and bitterly cold, but he wind has abetted and the sea is calmer and
we are able to run Rolling Swiss II up to twenty knots.  We moor in sunshine, but it is still cold and
this village too seems uninhabited.

The weather could be deteriorating again the next morning, so we abandon
he planded boat handling practice for a speedy 21 mile run to
Frederikshavn.  A southeaster blowing
ahead of us mean large waves at the narrow harbour entrance which need to be
carefully navigated. We get a little rest, dream of heat and sunnier climes
before renting bikes.  Everything is
closed by five, and this place too makes us ask “where are the Danes?”.

So, finally the rain has stopped, the wind died away and its 14
degrees. We make some anchoring exercises on the 49 mile run to Hals.  The wind picks up again as we enter the
harbour.

Our final day’s voyage takes 20 miles into the Limfjord before a
celebratory supper in the Jensen’s Bøfhus and a visit to the carnival.

Thanks to all for this great and educational week.

Hanna and Jerzy

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