Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Slowly sailing down the west coast of Denmark

We left Hirtshals yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. Any hope we had of maintaining our theoretical 5 knot average vanished instantly as both the wind and the current were on our nose. Even motor-sailing with the main and staysail (because it doesn't make as much noise as the jib when we get too close to the wind), we couldn't quite do 4 knots. On the plus side, with so little wind, there were no uncomfortable waves to deal with.

Finally this morning around 5:30 we got enough wind to turn the engine off and really sail, but except for one squally period, we're barely getting up to 5 knots. Weather forecasts and GRIB files continue to get it wrong here. Oh well, as long as the winds are light, we can deal with them. Our arrival in Helgoland will probably be Friday morning, though, rather than Thursday evening.


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