27.08-03.09.2011 Heading back to Kiel – with gastronomical recommendations…

Our travelling via Hamburg took about 5 hours more than scheduled, due to a defect on the overhead contact line. However we reached Stralsund still on the same day. On Saturday we took over Rolling Swiss II in perfect condition from the previous crew. Many thanks again.
The remaining time we spent visiting the historical town of Strahlsund. For interested people we recommend to visit the Ozeaneum which is part of the German Sea Museum at Strahlsund. The Ozeaneum was selected as the “Museum 2010”. Beside attractive aquariums and leisure events the main emphasis is on educational programs. The visitor should also read and understand the world of the oceans and become sensible for issues around the blue water planet. A low-pressure area passed north of Stralsund and the latest weather forecast announced wind with 4-5 bft waves of 0.5 – 1.0 m. Further prognosis was that the cyclone only slowly moves eastwards increasing wind and waves. We decided therefore to quickly move westwards to gain the backside of the cyclone.
1. Day,  Stralsund – Warnemünde
Heading north, the first step led from Stralsund through the northern passage between the islands “Bock” and “Gellen”. Continuing on course west we passed “Darser Ort”, approached Warnemünde to berth in the marina “Hohe Düne”. The “Hohe Düne” might offer a very good infrastructure, however it’s not a real charming place.  Furthermore downtown Warnemünde can be reached by ferry only. For this reasons we suggest to berth in the port “Alter Strom”, it’s closer to the city. A gastronomic hint: The cozy “Bier & Brandweinkontor”.
2. Day, Warnemünde – Wismar
The weather forecast still announced wind W 4-5 bft and waves 1.0 – 1.5 m. Following the coast further west we reached Wismar towards evening  where we berthed in the „Alter Hafen“.
3. Day, Wismar – Fehmarn
On the third day the weather didn’t improve considerably. Protected by the land in the west our crossing to Fehmarn went quite calm. We approached the port of “Burgtief” and there, due to the rather short journey, we did some more berthing maneuvers under strong wind conditions.
4. Day, Fehmarn – Ærøskøbing
Finally the weather cleared up, so we decided to cross for Denmark and visit Ærøskøbing. The challenging part during this quite longe trip was the angled fairway around the island Langeland , Ærø and Tåsinge. In this area our attention was attracted by many well maintained “oldies”.  The charter business for this kind of journeys seems to be quite profitable. Ærøskøbing has its own charm. It seems that the gapless arranged old houses in the narrow alleys don’t allow right angles. The culinary level of the little town is convincing.  Our recom-mendation:  „Mumm“ in the center of the village.
5. Day, Ærøskøbing – Kiel, Laboe
Unfortunately the last day already begins. The waether is still improving and we drive round the island Ærø northerly having a short stopover at Faaborg, isle Fyn. Then we turn south, heading for Kiel. First we moor a Laboe and enjoy again a delicious dinner in the restaurant “Fischküche” near the harbor.
6.  Day, Yachthafen Kiel
Doingjust a short passage from Laboe to the “Kieler Yachthafen”where we cleanup RS II for the next crew. A last dinner at the “Kieler Yachtclub” and our journey tends towards its final end.
Once more we had a benefit from the skippers’ experience and are looking forward to the next common cruise.
We thank all the crew members, Hanspeter und Florin for imparting their knowledge, and Paulette for taking care of our physical well-being.
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