Welcome to Denmark!

  Saturday, April 16, 2016 / Stephanie / Exploration  

We are breezing though the Baltic!  But first...we had a brief stay in Kiel, Germany after completing the Kiel Canal.  We met great new friends, Timo and Nathalie, who are moving aboard S/Y Seasick-Luzie.  Timo and Nathalie welcomed us to Germany, shared fabulous stories, and swapped great information about the Batlic Sea!  We are really hoping our paths cross again; it's always a delight meeting like-minded, young cruisers! Brian and I feel as though we've returned to our version of normalcy, sailor/explorers by day and dropping the hook in a cozy cove for peaceful (free) sleep by night.  It's wonderful!  While anchored in the Schlei Fjord, Germany we spent an entire afternoon rigging the dinghy onto the davits so we no longer have need for a dock! 25-knots upwind...yea, let's give that jib a try! Our first stop in Denmark was the island of Aero, located in the South Funen (Fyn) Archipeligo.  After tacking upwind all afternoon and evening (the days are already much longer now!) we'd finally anchored just as the sun was setting at 9:00 P.M.  We raised the Danish courtesy flag, and bid goodnight to a new location, to a new country!  If you're curious about our exact routes and locations, check out the 2016 Travels tab on our homepage - thanks to our Admin, we've got a great map of our travels forming!  The town of Aeroskobing, the "fairytale town," is well preserved from the 18th century.  On a dreary day, we walked through rolling fields and along winding, narrow roads to reach the town just beyond our anchorage.  We found the harbour which long ago bustled with trading ships; now, a pleasure boat harbour and ferry dock. Aero's floating art, the Aeroskobing Ferry. After a stop at the tourist information center, we wound our way through cobblestone streets to admire the half-timbered, brick, ancient homes.  Shops were closed.  Streets were quiet.  We had arrived well before pre-season at Aeroskobing, a gem in the summertime.  For our walk back to the boat, we followed the Archipelago Trail.  This trail has several sections along the islands of the South Funen Archipelago.  We had a fabulous stroll down the beach, where we admired tiny beach houses which have been handed down through families for generations.  Now, the houses can only be maintained; in fact, they are not allowed to be improved and no new houses are allowed to be built in order to preserve the beach.


  1. From Nathalie on Apr 18, 2016
    Hey guys, it was really great meeting you! You kind of saved us out of our exhausting never-ending getting Luzie prepared time- thanks again for the interesting conversations, the lovely dinner and good laughs! We wish you a good time in Denmark and fair winds! Take care and hope to see you again soon! Nathalie, Timo and Seasick Luzie

  2. From Stephanie Grandjean on Apr 17, 2016
    Hi Max! I remember meeting in Maine, we swapped Westsail stories. I've followed your travels a little bit thanks to Facebook. Exciting you are right on our tail! We enjoyed the Netherlands; sailed a bit on the IJsselmeer and to the Wadden Islands last fall and spent the winter at Sixhaven just across the IJ River from Centraal Station. I'll send you a Facebook message with some of our Schengen details. Happy Sailing!

  3. From Max Fletcher on Apr 17, 2016
    We met you at an OCC event in Maine a few years ago, and thanks to Scott Kuhner I just discovered you have recently been in the Netherlands. Lynnie and I sailed form Maine to the UK in 2014, cruised to the Lofotens in Norway last summer (spectacular cruising, I see you are heading there this year). We just arrived in IJmuiden and plan to cruise the Netherlands, Sweden and Southern Norway this summer. We would love to spend next winter near Amsterdam (rather than the UK for yet a third year) but are concerned about the Schengen issues. If you have any advice we'd love to hear.

  4. From Scott & Kitty Kihner on Apr 17, 2016
    Your travels are amazing. They will define your lives in a way that says you two have lived a successful life. I can't tell you how many people have come up to us after we give the slideshow of our circumnavigation and say, "I admire you two, I would love to do something like that!" And I reply, "Why don't you?" Of course they never do