Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Germany

This evening Bonita is back in German waters. We sadly said goodbye to Dave and Julie at Gedser and borrowed Ellen from Calismarde. We  set out on a hot sunny day with light fair winds which died away so we motored much of the way. We did however get a moderate easterly wind in the late afternoon.

The first picture shows the eastern end of Fehmarn island off the German coast. We sailed between the island and the mainland and were surprised to find we had about a knot of fair current.

Heiligenhafen is a town on the mainland opposite the island. There is a huge marina here with about a thousand berths. This week is also festival week in Heiligenhafen, with plenty of entertainments ashore. One of the fishing docks, usually banned to sailing yachts,is given over to the festival. There were historic boats moored up and people were sailing yachts in and out at great speed in a confined space.

German crowds and towns do feel different from Danish or Swedish ones although it is difficult to pinpoint quite why this. The Germans certainly seem to smoke more in public however.

We are hoping the easterly winds might continue for at least a few more days.