Cast off 0830.
Sophia worked the through the night to finish some university stuff, as
soon as she entered the ship she went down and began sleeping. Breakfast
for me while going out of the Schwentine under engine. Setting sails,
main and jib1. Weak winds from the south, around 2 bft. Direction abaft,
strength, capable of development. The inner part of the Kieler Fjord has
alot wind cover, making 5 nautical miles in 3 hours can be frustrating.
Fortunately the weather is fine. After the narrowest part at the
lighthouse of Friedrichsort the outer Fjord is reached. Time 1130. The
wind freshes slightly up to 3 bft, still south. 1300: leaving the
lighthouse of Bülk on the portside, 10 nautical miles sailed, open sea
ahead. 1400: lighthouse Kiel on starboard, wind freshing up 4-5bft,
south, fast sailing downwind. The waves come from behind and side, it is
a strange wave pattern; around 1-1.5m. But higher waves out of nowhere
sometimes, which maybe has something to do with the level of the
seafloor. The stern waves take their toll. Sophia is seasick. Little
sleep, no breakfast and sleeping under deck in this conditions is not
the best to do for someone that is not used to sail. Unfortunately for
me. I have to keep on sitting at the tiller, and get more and more
tired. Falling into microsleep at the tiller is not that much fun...God
at that point I really would have done anything for an automatic-tillerpilot.
Looking at the compass to hold the course is the only thing to do,
nothing more to see than water, 360 degrees.
Since going downwind I sailed butterfly, having the jib set with the
hitcher. At that point my construction had little failures, the hitcher
sometimes fell out of its construction and I had to jump to prevent it
from falling in the water. Re-setting it when the boat is rolling is a
dumb idea, so at one point I fell and broke the cabin door. (Dont worry;
I often sail alone and always! Latch myself via live-vest and short belt
to the boat). I brought about Ava and fixed the door with glue and tape.
The rest of the open sea passage went calm, the wind went down to 3 bft,
rain showers, still quit high waves.
1900: I can see the
skyline( ok, just the industry, wind mills) of Maarstal. The wind goes
back up to 4bft. I often looked at the charts of Maarstal and knew about
the very small marked channel, but had no problems to find it. At the
first mark I took down the main sail to reduce speed, and sailed through
the channel. Jib down at port entrance, fender out and in the port
looking for a moorage.
But since Maarstal is a favored marina it is respectively big and has
many sites, besides it is late in the season, no problem to find a free
spot. A danish crew saw me comming in single handed and helped me
berthing. Time 1930.
As soon as Sophia had find her feet she was better. Dinnertime!(
Tomorrow will be a harbour day to raise Sophias mood, relax and do some
(search in Google-Earth for: Marstal)
Harbour fee + power fee: 17euro
Day 3: Maarstal-Birkholm-12nm
We had a relaxing day yesterday, unfortunaltly alot rain and
very strong winds (7-8bft).
Todays distance is only 4 nautical miles, too little in my
opinion since I want to sail. I set the plan to circumnavigate
the island Stynø before going to Birkholm. A mistake I should
regret later on. Cast off at 1300, 4 bft, direction south-west.
Set sails directly after the harbor and went downwind direction
Stynø. Beating about behind Stynø the wind dropped to 2 bft.
Beating about in low winds is certainly not the best to do with
a Caprice... On the other hand it was fantastic; the sky was
blue, the sun shining, the water cristal clear and you could
watch the ground at a depth of 2m slowly drifting by with all
its plants and sandspots! Awesome! But Sophia is urging to
hurry, 6 nm more at a speed of roughly 1 knot, too long for her.
So we took down the sails and went to Birkholm under engine,
This is certainly an island worth a visite; a small harbor(2m),
a population of only 3, abit tweedy but very romantic side. In
this harbor we met another young couple that was crusing with
their motorboat. Very friendly people that should accompany us
for the rest of the cruise.
Dinnertime! ( Noodles with tomato sauce)
Day 4: Birkholmââ‚¬â€œDrejø Gammle Havn-9nm
Cast off at 1230, South 4bft. Downwin sailing with main and jib1
hitched. Doing the 9 miles in a decent time of 2 hours 30
minutes, with only 2 gybes needed. Going linear was impossible
since many shallows and big rocks. In this context, the port
entry is worth mentioned. It is a very narow and shallow channel
of around 800m, water depth starboard and backboard between
This is really one kind of a harbor; I have never in my life
seen a port so comfy, in good shape and hospitable. Harbor-fee
is paid on mutual trust, a cozy hut to sit, cook, recharge. With
freezer and deepfreezer for sailors, and a lokal-freezer full of
beer, for a small price on mutual trust.
Later on the other couple came, and by dusk a second couple we
should sail together for the rest of the time. We stayed two
nights, had a really good time with fantastic food and barbecue,
great weather and nice people.
(search in Google-Earth for: Drejø. Cant miss it and the small
harbor in the north and nice pics )
Harbor fee: 75DKK
More mentionable: I knew it since the beginning of the season,
and I drove me really crazy.
The power cable in the mast! Someone had missed to isolate it,
and by the smalles movement or wave it was making a noise like a
bell! (Horrible if you are inside!!) In addition to my nerves,
it also gnawed my conscience towards all the other yachts,
specially if it was windy.
Since we were three man, it really pi.... me off and we had no
wind, I asked for a helping hand and we took the mast down and
stripped the cable out. Very good sleeping for the rest of the
(search in Google-Earth for: Drejø.
Cant miss it and the small harbor in the north and nice pics )
Day 6: Drejø Gammle Havn-Avernakø
( anchoring south side)-8nm
Cast off 1400, west 1-2bft.Main and jib1. Relaxed cast off with
the destination Mommark at east side of the island Aals. Very
light winds, had to use the engine as support (nearly the whole
We were heading straight towards Avernakø, to set new course as
we would have it abeam to head to Mommark. But the wind died.
Since we knew the wind was supposed to come from north-west we
anchored in a small bight in the south-east of Avernakø.
Fantastic spot with a waterdepth of more than 2 m just 25m away
from the beach. Cristal clear water, you could see the ground in
more than 5m!
The other two couples came and anchored close by. I went
swimming and checked all anchors. By dusk we all went via Dinghy
to the motor-yacht. Cooked (pancakes?) and partied. You really
got to love the space on those ships ( not their need for 20l/h+
(search in Google-Earth for:Avernakø
Harbor fee: Whats a harbor fee?
More mentionable: We saw a school of common porpoise (Phocoena
phocoena ), south see feeling, yeah! Unfortunaltely they were
too fast and we had no wind to sail next to them. The engine was
no option for me in this situation.
Day 7: Avernakø-Kappeln-28nm
Cast off 1230, north-west 4-5bft, wave height: 1-3m. Main and
Relaxed anchor up at 1230, great weather with blue sky and a
nice, but cold wind from the north west. ( comination results in
great sunburns....). First wind abeam up to the head of Ærø,
from there downwind in a real rush to Schleimünde. High but long
waves up to 3m in the Lillebælt, resulting in one of the best
sailing days of the season and a top-speed of 6.7knts in surf!!
1800 entering the Schlei through Schleimünde Light-house. (So
far 25nm in 5h,30mins=~4.5knts/h)
The last three miles against wind and tide to Kappeln. Shower,
then dinner with my father and my stepmother down at the harbor.
Harbor fee: 12euros
Day 8: Kappeln-Kiel-27nm
Cast off at 1230, instead of planned 1030. (Harbor masters can
be so friendly and have alot to tell).
North-west 3,south-west 3-5. Main and jib1.
1300 lighthouse Schleimünde abeam. Instead of going around the
restricted military area between it and land, I chose to go
around outside to make sure to catch some wind. At first 4-5bft
from north-west, began the wind to alternate between 3-4, in
gusts 5 from south-west.
All in all nothing speciall. A bit boring to sit at the tiller
the whole time over such a long time. Arrived in home habor
1900. Made a clean sweep and went off home.
Conclusion: Great weather, a great
small yacht, a great estuary worth many more visits! A great