Denmark. Mission accomplished!
Thursday 27th July
Schleimünde to Sønderborg - 18 nm
The final leg to Denmark is achieved under sail. Goose-winged to start with (from 7.30am) then pole down as the wind veered.
9.45: into Danish waters, time for a new courtesy flag. White cross on red ground duly hoisted.
11am: tied up on Sønderborg quay, prime spot with great view of the castle (Slot).
We left the east coast of England back in May with the aim of cruising "towards Denmark" and now we're here. Mission accomplished.
We've travelled about 830 miles, mostly with the assistance of the engine, especially inland in the canals, but we've also had some great sails on the way. We've enjoyed visiting Kent, northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands including the Wadden Islands, the German Watten, Heligoland, Schleswig-Holstein and now we're in Denmark.
Sønderborg on the island of Als seems to be the current mooring place for the Danish royal yacht so we're in good company.
We've still got about 6 weeks of the season to go but from now on the emphasis and the tempo will change. We can now choose our destinations according to the wind so we should do more sailing.
We are looking forward to guest crews of family and friends who are planning to join us here and that will also shape our itinerary from now on.
When (if) our laptop rises from the ashes I may post a few more pictures, retrospectively, taken with our camera. It's been disappointing only to be able to share poor quality phone pics since the laptop packed up in Borkum and I may just take the time to add a few for the record.
Otherwise that's it for the blog - we will continue to report our adventures via Facebook.
Skipper and crew. Skipper is indeed awesome to have got us here - though it's about time he changed that T-shirt