After a few days spent with family and friends in the “tiger city” (including the celebration of mother-in-law’s birthday, naturally), we left the marina in Bestumkilen on Thursday Aug. 13, and could once again enjoy a beautifully sunny Oslofjord. In Horten, we had the honour of welcoming Jan, Benedikte’s childhood neighbour, onboard, who with his local expertise and extensive sailing experience guided us through narrower passages than we would have ventured into on our own.
It was a perfect idyll – I’d dare say even more so than the Swedish archipelago – but of course, the Norwegians are stinking rich, are they not?
The journey ended in Kjerringvik, where we were treated with a lovely dinner (as always) and a breathtaking view from Jan and Åse Gro’s summer house, a view that included Ella at anchor in the enchanting bay!
We must admit that we have slept better, but we were satisfied to have opened the Ella chapter of “anchoring”, and there will hopefully be many more (less turbulent) anchoring nights.
Although I (Benedikte) had sworn that I would not cross Skagerrak unless with a crew bigger than solely Henrik and I, the weather forecast looked promising, and so we crossed Skagerrak just the two of us. The weather did not behave just as anticipated, and the engine had to work more than we had hoped for, but we reached Skagen after 27 hours at sea.
Somewhat exhausted, but happy to have pushed yet another limit, under controlled conditions. And Skagen looked even more welcoming on our day of rest than during our many earlier visits to the city of magic light.
The weather announced for the rest of the week was not in our favour, but this was not the reason why we did not make it all the way back to Copenhagen (yet): having passed the last green buoy before the entrance to Vesterø port at Læsø with all moorings ready, the motor decided that it was time for a break… Maneuvering 17 tons to quay without an engine not being an option, we set sail (it was actually a wonderful starlit evening…) and were met by a tug boat outside of Frederikshavn three hours later. Despite the inconvenient circumstances, our stay in Frederikshavn became one of the adventures that we will not easily forget, filled with overwhelming kindness, interest and help.
Ella was originally built in Frederikshavn, and incredibly, more than one knew of her existence, and some had even given a hand during the construction!
We have missed our whale baby for more than a month now and are very much looking forward to picking her up from the north one of these days, such that the Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen circle can be closed 🙂