Wind and Pile problems!
15 May 2010 | Stranderod Bugt, Denmark to Flensburgh, Germany 8Nm travelled
skip cold and rainy!!!
We're here! Just about....... After a little motor down the fjord we scoped out several of the guesthavens, a few right at the head of the Fjord had really tight turns to get into the mooring 'boxes' of piles and we thought we won't either get in or even worse not be able to get out again with Emerald the 'hefalump' ocean passagemaker.
They are fine with a fin keeler with a bow thruster, but not a traditional sea going boat like ours. Therefore we had another worrying time on deciding what to do, do we bottle it and head back out to an anchorage, or take a deep breath and go for it?
Well deep breaths all round (did i mention the ferries, small rowing boats, sailing boats and about 80 large schooners all milling around as well?!) we headed for a berth that looked 'straight forward' ha! In we go. Wind gusting 20 knots on port side, both stern lines on the poles. ok.
Oh poop, windward line not on pole properly. eeek! reverse!!! right watch the bow on the boat next door, Nichola fending off with all her might. I pull us back on the stern line against the wind. Get enough slack and the line over the pole properly. Right ease ourselves in gently......arghhh £$~# starboard sternline is now knoted against a fender so we are hung up. Fend off bow again by Nichola. Colin Run for knife, cut fender free........ right motor forward, hook line over cleat forward first time by Nichola, well done, we're in. Reverse to hold us off the pontoon against the wind, whilst getting stern lines to correct length.
ok, engine off, adrenaline high over, both sit down and fall apart! Now for the rant. I don't think I've ever seen a more useless mooring system than these box things. Piles fore and aft are ok, pontoons are ok, but these just invite disaster, especially in high winds without a bow thruster.
We've decided to stay a couple of days as the weather is poor again as another low barrels through, and with the wind blowing all the weight of the boat is taken on one line with this mooring system, and you cannot easily double up the lines for bad weather, as you can't get to the aft post. If this one line parts in high winds then there will be a lot of damage to the boat and others.
This strikes me as VERY unseaman like. Rant over.
So we had quite a big crisis of confidence as we came down from the adrenaline, but then analysed what we did, and realised that actually, we coped really well as things went wrong. We didn't damage either boat on each side of us, though if the owners had been on board I think they'd have been nervous! ;-/
So feeling a bit better about ourselves, we headed out on the town, after speaking to our Danish neighbours who'd now come back, we discovered that this weekend is a famous commercial sailing vessel regatta and Rum festival (there is a god after all)!!!
Q party............ ouch is that rum or lighter fuel?!
PS Nichola's birthday tomorrow, must get on and make the cake.
PPS photo of all the traditional baltic commercial sailing ships after a day's racing. Across the bay, you can see Emerald with her 'large' display Ensign flying in the wind.
PPPS internet provision is sketchy for us currently in Denmark, so we aren't sure when we can blog. We'll keep writing them and perhaps 'bulk post them' at internet cafes along the way. Hope you are enjoying them.