On Monday after a few days in Finland I flew back to Copenhagen with Pertti and Timo for the next etap towards Norway. We sailed first to Elsinore (Helsingør) which is about 25 nm north from Copenhagen. Sailing conditions were perfect and we were also able to set the gennaker up for the first time this season. Monday was a national holiday in Denmark and all the shops were closed so we had to leave the provisioning for Tuesday morning. City of Helsingør was also very quiet on Monday evening.

Kronborg castle in Helsingør (or Elsinore in English)

View north from Helsingør Nordhavn.

On Tuesday, the wind started picking up and turned first to west and further to NW in the afternoon. Northwest is the worst direction for sailing to Limfjorden so we chose to sail to north along the Swedish west coast. There are a lot of nice harbours on the west coast which is good since strong winds have been forecasted for the next few days. This way we can make shorter legs depending on the weather.

From Helsingør we sailed 28 nm north to Torekov in Sweden. The wind was about 7-11 m/s so we took a first reef in the main sail and started beating close-hauled for the first four hours. After rounding tip of Kullen we were able to turn our course to northeast and beam reach at good speed. Motion of the boat also became more comfortable then. We found a well-sheltered berth from harbour right in the center of Torekov which is a beautiful small fishing village with less than 1000 inhabitants.

Pertti (left) and Timo heading for Kattegat

Torekov, an idyllic fishing village on the west coast of Sweden