Overnight along the North German coast

by Adrian on May 29, 2012

Our second long overnight sail would take us out of the Ijsselmeer and back into open water along the length of the North German coast. This 180 mile trip would take us 30 hours, so a 0900 start meant we’d reach Cuxhaven (our destination) mid afternoon the next day.

Annoyingly, as soon as we headed out into the North Sea the fog rolled in and we had another day and night of thick fog, motoring and sailing along navigating on radar. This was very tiring concentrating for long periods of time outside in the dark and cold.

Geoff passed the time with impromptu boat circuit training, as these photos show press ups and the plank.

Pressups

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We were able to sail a fair distance, but the rolling seas made it quite uncomfortable. After a valiant effort in 20knots of wind, Geoff became ill and spewed up in the heads. We sent him straight to bed where he slept it off four a good few hours.

In the early hours we stumbled upon a wind farm construction site along the way. We hadn’t noticed it on the Navtex or charts, but were promptly herded away out of the area by a very insistent and mechanical guard ship tracking us on AIS.

‘Vagaris, this is guard vessel Osprey. You are entering a wind farm construction site. It is a restricted area, you must leave the area immediately’

‘Osprey this is Vagaris, apologies, we did not know the location of the wind farm’

‘Vagaris, this is guard vessel Osprey. You are entering a restricted area, you must leave the area immediately’

‘Osprey this is Vagaris, we do not know the location of the wind farm please advise’

‘Vagaris, this is guard vessel Osprey. You are entering a restricted area, you must leave the area immediately’

‘Osprey this is Vagaris, we do not know the location of the wind farm please advise which direction you wish us to head’

‘Vagaris, this is guard vessel Osprey. You are entering a restricted area, you must leave the area immediately’

‘Osprey this is Vagaris, apologies, we do not know the location of the wind farm, please advise the coordinates’

Etc…

The next morning saw the fog clear and we had a brisk broad reach along the coast following the traffic lanes towards the Elbe estuary.

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