Three Weeks Sailing In Denmark’s Beauty

sunset, anchoring, fishing - what a dreamThe Danish South Sea, or Southern Fyn Archipelago, is one of my absolute favourite spots for sailing in Denmark. I have sailed and explored those waters on boats ranging from 18 to 44 feet. And I am always more than happy to read other sailors’ stories and experiences. One of them is Øyvind Hansen, a Norwegian living in Denmark. Here is a summary of his sailing tour on board S/Y Ramsalt, a Beneteau Oceanis 373 Clipper.

“I have heard countless stories about the beautiful Southern Fyn Archipelago, and this was also the highlight of the trip”, writes Øyvind in his final summary. “The island of Ærø has to be my favourite island in this region, with the interesting towns of Marstal and Æreskøbing.” (and I certainly won’t disagree with him on that one).

anchorage outside ÆbeløØyvind and his S/V Ramsalt have spent three weeks touring along Southern Denmark’s coasts and islands of the Baltic Sea. Beautiful islands, sheltered and lonely anchorages and the sometimes (also navigationally) challenging sailing have made this a trip to remember.

S/Y Ramsalt - track around inner DenmarkCrew was on board in the first week. The remaining two weeks Øyvind sailed alone (apart from weekends, when his girlfriend joined him).

This tour of sailing in Denmark went from the Southern part of Zealand to Møn, on towards the Southern Fyn Archipelago with the islands of Ærø, Avernakø and Lyø, along the Lillebælt on to Sejerø and finally zig-zagging in heavy weather back to Copenhagen.

anchoring in a protective bay near AvernakøA Norwegian sailing in Denmark – including ironic comments

Occasionally, Øyvind cannot help but hand out a little “ironic slap”. Why is that? He is Norwegian and used to a different landscape (mighty fjords) and weather conditions (North Sea).

One of my favourites is this little passage here:

“I wanted to sail to Haderslev fjord as the thought of a Danish fjord is quite amusing, but also it had good shelter for all wind directions. The fjord reminds me more of a narrow river back home, but the scenery is not to complain about. The fjord is marked with red and green buoys and with only 20 meters apart and zero depths on the side it was fun and different sailing”.

beautiful sunset at anchorage in SejerøAll in all I got the impression that those three weeks of sailing in Denmark seem to have been a very intense and positive sailing experience. He managed to convice me that he actually yearns for more of that kind (and, by the way, the year after he sailed from Copenhagen to the Shetland Islands). All of his posts and lots of pictures regarding this trip can be found on his blog. Apart from a great holiday in general, three items are on the list for the very final summary:

  • Time: would have loved to have a bit (a lot) more time to explore more of the area and islands
  • Wind: it was a whole lot more wind than expected (and wanted)
  • Comfort: for future tours, especially single-handed ones, an autopilot or some form of self-steering needs to come on board.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief summary of Øyvind’s three weeks Baltic Sea tour. For a more detailed description of this sailing trip as well as all his other ventures please check out Øyvind’s blog S/Y Ramsalt.

Some more impressions from Øyvind’s tour sailing in Denmark:

skipper Øyvind reflecting on life
skipper Øyvind reflecting on life
streets in Ærøskøbing
streets in Ærøskøbing
storebælt busy with large ship traffic on the Baltic Sea
storebælt busy with large ship traffic on the Baltic Sea
getting more comfortable sailing alone
getting more comfortable sailing alone

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