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On the other side

skapad 2011-09-02 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

So we are finally on the other side of Kattegatt. On Själland. And it feels great to be here. Jylland was very nice but after 4 days of waiting for the wind to decrease, we kind of wanted to leave Dråby strand and point our kayaks in the direction of Själlands Odde. And so we did yesterday morning.

But we had one stop on the way. Hjelm island of course. After 10 km of paddling we just had to get out of our boats and go for a short walk on the island. That turned our to be really beautiful. 49 meters high, a light house in the top and three houses all together. I don't think Hjelm gets a lot of visitors. After the break we took a bearing of just under 120 degrees and started our 33 km open sea crossing. We had pretty good conditions with some cross tailwinds and it was a great feeling to be out on the open sea. About half way through the crossing we knew there would be a light tower, so that was something to aim for. And it's funny, cause when you're sitting there in your boat surrounded by the sea, you want everything you spot to be that light tower. Even if you know you've only paddled for about 30 minutes and there is no chance in the world you could be spotting it already, as soon as something that might be the light tower shows on the horizon, you think it might be it. Even if it's not on your course and even if it sometimes seems to be moving...

The winds on this day were about 5-7 m/sec and during the crossing we had some areas where the waves became a little bigger. But I think the Danish west coast was just the right warm up for a crossing like this. :-)

Cause I must say it went smoother than I thought it would. I think we were lucky, cause we only had one ship in the shipping channel to worry about. I'm not very keen on meeting boats of that size and when it showed up, I got a little anxious. But Nick, having done quite many crossings during his time as an active paddler, showed no signs of worry, so I tried to relax. And in the end it didn't bother us at all.

We had gotten a tip from a Danish guy, Per, who completed his trip around Denmark earlier this year, about a mast we would be able to spot about 20 km before Själlands Odde. And suddenly, there it was and it became our companion for the rest of the crossing. And in less than 5 hours after we left Hjelm, we could watch the mast from the other side, having a rest on the beach. A very good feeling. And the sun was shining too.

And so it did today again and I think we got some extra energy from that, cause tonight we are spending the night in Gilleleje. In the club house of the Gilleleje Row and Kayak Club that we found by coincidence when we got here. We met some really nice paddling people and they opened the club house for us. Wonderful! And from here we see the Swedish coastline for the first time on this trip. And it's actually the area where I grew up we are looking at, so it's kind of a special feeling for me to be here. I hope we will have another good day on the water.



Doesn't it look beautiful? The island of Hjelm.

Doesn't it look beautiful? The island of Hjelm.

Getting out of the way of the big red.

Getting out of the way of the big red.

Getting closer to Själlands Odde, our goal for the crossing.

Getting closer to Själlands Odde, our goal for the crossing.

On the other side!!!

On the other side!!!

Hans and the other kind people in Gilleleje Row and Kayak club is letting us stay in their wonderful club house tonight.

Hans and the other kind people in Gilleleje Row and Kayak club is letting us stay in their wonderful club house tonight.

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