Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The sailing and fishing report from Denmark

This is the 56572 editor sailing on the Oresund Sound today. He departed from the Danish harbor of Vedbaek, just north of Copenhagen to circumnavigate the Swedish island of Ven. The Swedes took Hven from the Danes in 1660. In the background is the coast of Sweden.

Actually, I was helping my brother Thorkild negotiate with Leif Olesen of Vedbaek to buy the boat. Her name is Staenk and she was built in 1949 on the east coast of Jutland in the city of Vejle, so she is only slightly older than we are and still going strong, also just like us.

Leif is older than the three of us and has grandchildren. His own children will not allow their children to go out into the Oresund in a boat this old or this small. So Leif needs a different boat, a larger one, and he needs to sell Staenk, as in pronto.

We are motivated buyers. The asking price is 13,000 Danish kroner. Added to that, we found out, are other costs including a donation of 5,000 non-refundable kroner to the City of Vedbaek for use of the harbor, 3,000 kroner for a mooring berth of 1.5 meters for the summer, 300 kroner to hoist the boat out of the water in November, 2,000 kroner to park it on shore for the winter and 300 kroner to put it back in in April. At least we don't need to buy gasoline at 9.60 a liter. This sounds like a great deal to us. Although neither of us are seasoned sailors, Thorkild does have the required papers needed to put the boat out into the heavily traffic of Oresund where there are plenty of larger vessels like cruise ships etc. so he will be the Captain of Staenk.

As soon as Captain Jensen wakes up from his late afternoon snooze, the negotiations are to continue and we will post further news.

These young Danes were enjoying their Saturday afternoon along the shores of Mariagerfjord near Hadsund, Denmark by catching crabs.

One photo below shows the local Scoops in Stinesminde, Denmark, where these boys are fishing. You can get fish with your ice cream or ice cream with your fish.

The other photo below shows what we eat in Denmark. Danish herring and curry salad with rye bread. What we drink is obvious, the clear stuff is Danish akvavit which helps the herring slide down more easily, helps in digestion and most importantly guarantees the necessary Danish hygge while dining.

We should add that the plate is not Bing and Grondal, but Porsgrund from Norway.

Shouldn't you consider a few weeks in Denmark for your next holiday

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