August 14, 2011
13th August :
We were going to go a little further on to Faaborg, a town we liked last year on our visit. But as Leslie wisely said, why swap one wet Danish town for another ? At least here we have a very good berth and town is close by, so we stay put for another day. There is a Saturday morning market, so we go in for a look around. The rain eases in the afternoon and we get another walk in.
At 10:30 at night a German yacht suddenly appears and without hailing or asking they tie up alongside us, in a modified crash landing manner. I point out the vacant berths elsewhere in the marina, but they declare they are going to stay tied to us for the night !!! We aren’t rude enough to tell them to bugger off. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. So we spend an hour listening to them all walk across our boat to go to the loo. After midnight one of them decides to stomp around on our deck again to plug the electricity cable in. Why they didn’t do it when they first arrived I don’t know. So now they cop an angry Dee in full flight. I’m not sure how many of my swearwords were translatable to German, but there was a mumbled apology and no further comings and goings after that.
14th August :
I delight in thumping on their hull to wake them up so we can leave this morning.
We soon realise the reason they attached themselves to us was that their boat skills are so poor, they couldn’t manage to get into the other berths. They get ready to move off, but have a line still attached to our boat that they can’t slip. A vindictive Dee detaches it then lets it fall in the water instead of handing it back dry (don’t wake me up next time). As they move off us they crash into a post and boat behind us. We look back and he has done 3 circles and still not remoored to the quay.
We have a great sail today heading west with an easterly breeze to Dyvig. We think we have done very well to avoid the rain that we have seen nearby. But of course this is Denmark and you can’t avoid it completely, so we get wet for half an hour before we arrive in Dyvig. This was where we spent our first night at anchor on Solero last year, and we anchor again in the inner bay this time. Its a great anchorage, entered via a narrow channel, so is protected in all winds.
We have a shower to warm up, get dry, then get a call from Paul and Jean on board Caritas. We met them in the Gota Canal and have been trying to meet up with them. They are at the new marina in Dyvig. We stowed our dinghy away on a dry day in Kerteminde, now we can’t dinghy over. So its back out in the rain and move over to the marina.
We have pasta for dinner on Caritas and swap stories of the summer. Crowded marinas, rain and winds on the nose get mentioned more than once. Paul and Jean have another couple of weeks of cruising and we hope the weather improves for them. School holidays are over, so the locals say the sun will come out now.