Last Stops In Denmark


It is no fun, at all, to see these pass so near at night time.  It’s a blurry shot, but this enormous cruise ship crossed just in front of us in the wee hours, shortly before it began to grow light , during our overnight passage from Strandby, in Denmark, to Årø, in the south of the country.

We have made good use of favorable winds during the last three days, zooming from Strandby in the far north of Denmark to Sønderborg in the south, next the border with Germany.  That included our first full-family overnight sail in three years, going first from Strandby to Årø, (a small island to the south of the larger island of Fyn), covering just over 175 miles in 34 hours, and then a second shorter 30 mile trip through mostly protected waters, from Årø to Sønderborg.

The overnight passage was some hard sledding. One highlight was the need to cross a major shipping line in a rather tight area at about 3 a.m.  Such crossings are difficult enough as it is, and was made a little more challenging both because it was dark and because one is not thinking at one’s clearest at that hour of the night.  Add to this that we are missing our chart plotter in the cockpit, and the task was made a little more interesting still.

The photo above is of one of the ships that passed nearby.  It’s a blurry picture, but we wanted to show what these things look like from the perspective of a relatively small sailboat. She’s close, but we’re safe, as we are outside the designated shipping line, waiting for a break in the traffic so we can dart across the shipping “highway.”  We were able to do that soon after this ship passed.

Because they are lit up like Christmas trees, these big cruise ships are actually easier to deal with than freighters and tankers.  There is no confusing where they are and where they are going.  The commercial carriers, on the other hand, often have just a couple of lights, and the rest appears as blackness.  Especially against an urban skyline, their movements can be hard to decipher.


Conditions were a rough for most of the day, as can be seen from the movement of this boat, taken shortly after we crossed paths.


Leander pushes through the waves.

As the sun came up, so did the winds.  We had planned on staying to the east of Fyn, but the winds would not permit that easily, and so we bore off, went to the north of Fyn, and then passed down through the more protected waters between the island’s west coast and the Jutland Peninsula.


The Albert Johannes, out of Kiel, passes by, when conditions were still a bit rough.  

We eventually got into more protected areas, and got so see some of the Danish countryside up close.


Eventually, we came into calmer waters, and were able enjoy the various sailing ships that were out and about.  Here, the schooner Luciana, out of Rotterdam.  

Another Sailng Ship.jpg

The Jonas von Friedrichstadt, a two-masted schooner.  (The sneaky aft mast is hiding behind the main sail.)


We enjoyed our short stay at Årø.

Bouncy castle

At Årø, a reward for the kids at the end of all that hard sailing — the ubiquitous bouncy castle.


A classical Danish house, complete with thatched roof.


It was pleasant to stroll around Årø


We sailed from Årø to Sønderborg the next day.


Sima trims the jib.  


Rafted up against another boat on the town wall in Sønderborg, the kids feed the ducks.  

We put 205 miles beneath the keel in these three days.  We’re just 30 miles from the Kiel Canal, and our next stop will be Germany.  280 miles down, 768 to the Bay of Biscay, 4,409 to the Caribbean.

4 responses to “Last Stops In Denmark

  1. Today i made a Photo of You and your Familie at Sønderburg.
    Me and my Familie which You all the best for the rest of your Trip.
    And like we say in germany :
    Immer eine Hand breit Wasser unterm Kiel.

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  2. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Yesterday we had rough wind yesterday, but we made it well to our home harbour. Wish you all the best for the rest of your trip. Take care of yourself and your lovely family. God bless you all.
    Sebastian and George

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    • Thanks for the update, Sebastian & George! It was great to meet you. We are happy to hear that you made it home safely. And thank you for the warm wishes for the rest of our trip. Paul


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