North Sea Crossing to Denmark


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In early October, we made a 180-mile overnight crossing of the North Sea from Stavanger, Norway to Thyboron, Denmark. We’d had an incredible five months in Norway and wish we could have stayed for a year or more. The North Sea has a fearsome reputation, but we had a blissfully easy run with winds less than twenty knots and seas on the stern most of the way.

Below are trip highlights from October 5th and 6th en route from Stavanger, Norway to Thyboron, Denmark. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

10/5/2018
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Leaving Norway

Departing Stavanger, and Norway, en route to Denmark.
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Rowan Stavanger

The jack-up rig Rowan Stavanger moored off Stavanger.
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Stril Luna

The multi-purpose offshore supply vessel Stril Luna moored with the platform supply vessel Viking Queen north of Stavanger.
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Far Sygna

Far Sygna underway north of Stavanger. Norway sure has a lot of impressive-looking offshore supply vessels.
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Feistein Fyr Lighthouse

The 85ft (26m) Feistein Fyr lighthouse was established in 1859 and automated in 1990.
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Conditions

With westerly winds and seas, we were pitching up to 10° as we turned southwest. Now that we’re heading more southeasterly, the seas are on the beam and the aft starboard quarter. Pitching and since reduced and we’re now rolling up to 13°, but that is much more manageable and comfortable. Conditions are forecast to settle down as we get farther from the Norwegian coast. We continue to appreciate our ABT stabilizers.
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With Harvest

The 229ft (70m) cargo vessel With Harvest bucking into the seas. I guess it is rough out here.
10/6/2018
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Conditions

As expected, conditions have settled down considerably and we’re now pitching only 3.4° and rolling 6.7°, much nicer. This should last all the way to Denmark.
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Norway Courtesy Flag

Lowering our Norwegian courtesy flag. That’s been up a while.
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Denmark Courtesy Flag

And raising our Danish courtesy flag. We’re almost across the North Sea.
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Calm

Wonderfully calm conditions as we approach Denmark, not far from the site of the the World War I Battle of Jutland.
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Spitfire

Spitfire rarely treats ocean-crossing with the respect they deserve.
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Thyboron Kanal

Entering the Thyboron Kanal. The channel feels wide and easy to run, but even in these calm conditions the waves are picking up through the shallow bar entry. This feels like a place to avoid in heavy weather.
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Thyboron

Our first view to Thyboron, where we’ll make landfall in Denmark.
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Port of Thyboron

Entering the large Port of Thyboron, full of commercial boats.
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Moored

Dirona moored at the Thyboron yacht harbour, Denmark. The marina is closed for the winter, so there’s no power, but there’s also no charge for moorage. As with entering Norway, we don’t have to complete any clearance formalities. We’re already cleared into the border-free Schengen area, so don’t require immigration clearance. Spitfire’s Pet Passport is sufficient for him to enter. And if we don’t have anything to declare, we don’t need to clear through with customs either.

Also, the EU “Roam Like at Home” rule means our existing cellular data plan works in Denmark the same as in Norway. We had cellular coverage as soon as we were in range of the Danish coast and don’t need to immediately purchase a local SIM card.

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Sand

Jennifer standing in front of a high breakwater with piles of sand inside. The waves must really crack over these massive structures in storms.
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Fishing Vessels

A few of the many large fishing vessels moored at the Port of Thyboron.
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Train

Train coming into Thyboron.
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Havanna Pizza

Picking up a delicious take-out pizza from Havanna Pizza in Thyboron. While waiting, we had a great discussion with the proprietor, ranging from citizenship and travel to the world-wide price of pizza.

Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.

On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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