Departure: Copenhagen, March 24, 10 AM Arrival: Lynæs, March 25, 4.30 PM (incl. overnight stay in Gilleje) Nautical miles: 63,5
Our jobs are running out and the end date is set – March 23rd is our last day in the office (or home office). The last handover-meetings and goodbyes are arranged, the stress accumulates and, rather than going away, it peaks. Our ambition to transit from a full-time job into a full-time sailing lifestyle has itself become quite a stressful task. Managing deadlines at work is now combined with the deadlines to finish boat preparations and repairs, in order to make it to our next destination and haul out the boat.
We rushed out of Copenhagen early on March 24th to enjoy favourable winds to Gilleleje, and then forcing our way by engine to Lynæs the following day. Friday afternoon Dory Man was on dry and the clock was ticking till Monday morning. With the weather being quite shitty (cold, rainy and windy) we had little time to clean/scrape the marine life’s hard progress over the last 2 ½ years off the boat and apply new paint, anodes, shaft sealant etc. Luckily, we managed to get it all done or so it seems for now (boat work is a never ending story, but you know that already). Monday morning we stood proudly ready to get Dory Man back into her wet and hostile natural habitat – and we were ready to set sail for good!
Departure: Rørvig, April 3, 8.45 AM Arrival: Samsø, April 3, 4.30 AM Nautical miles: 61
We first sailed just across Isefjorden to anchor in Rørvig bay for some wing foiling, (more repairs) and socialising with friends. Then we headed out on a slightly longer trip to Samsø – a pretty and self-sufficient island in the middle/north of the Great Belt. Since Samsø is mostly flat it’s also exposed to a lot of wind, which is positive as it powers most of the islands electricity needs, but on the downside makes anchoring or docking a pretty noisy business. Despite the wind and cold, we still managed some nice walks in the nature reserves and enjoyed the wind on the foil. After 4 days a subsiding forecast dictated us to move on towards Djursland in the hope of some hills and more protected anchorages. We were very happy to spend some time in the beautiful nationalpark Mols Bjerge in Djursland, although it’s still quite cold*.
*(complaining about the cold is Leo and Kai’s special talent, but to be fair spring has taken its time to arrive this year).
This seemingly carefree way of living is a lot of struggle. Something always breaks and needs fixing, storms ought to be avoided, weather windows have to be used and provisions must be refilled. Although it sucks sometimes, it also makes the nice moments in between even more special and totally worth it – at least that’s what we tell ourselves.