This was a nice sail in three parts:
First we had a tricky leg to windward, which we just managed to sail without having to tack. The wind was a solid force four and felt quite strong. We were sailing across a very shallow area and had to follow the correct course between a series of cardinal buoys marking even shallower patches.
Unfortunately, the cardinals were small and hard to spot, and there were lots of floats with flags everywhere indicating static fishing nets. There were so many flags that it was difficult to work out which ones might be connected. We managed to avoid getting snagged on anything, but were relieved when we could bear away onto the next leg.
The second part of the trip was downwind, so the sailing felt a lot more relaxing, but the navigation still required a lot of concentration as we were in a narrow and very twisty channel out through the sandbanks. The channel was well marked with buoys and posts, but even in the centre of the channel we only had about half a metre of water below the keel at times.
Finally we reached open water and were able to relax for the third section of the trip – twelve miles downwind across the bay to Rødvig, our next port on the way to Copenhagen. By now the strong winds had built up some steep waves, so we rolled quite a lot a times, but otherwise the sailing was very pleasant.
As we approached Rødvig I made Catherine put on her waterproofs as a big black rain cloud was heading our way. We read that the waters surrounding the harbour entrance are infested with lots of static fishing nets, so we took the recommended (slightly less direct) route in. As it turned out we didn’t see many net flags anywhere around Rødvig compared to the forest of flags that we had sailed through that morning further south.
We found a vacant berth (indicated by a green plastic marker) in the small-boat harbour and executed a perfect box-berth mooring. And the rain cloud missed us so we were soon back in shorts and t-shirts, enjoying the nearby beach.