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12th September, 2013

Skagen, Denmark

The forecast for the evening we left Dover showed the wind as being expected to increase significantly and it turned out that the weathermen were spot on. Just before midnight the Officer of the watch recorded force 9, and the swell up to four meters. Fortunately just about all of our newly embarked passengers were tucked away and by the time breakfast came around the ‘unpleasantness’ and started to settle down. By the evening the conditions were significantly better and there were few of the guests who had to cling on to me when it came to cocktail party photo time. Our very special guest star, Lesley Garrett, managed to sing a little later with only the odd reach for support from the nearby piano.

We anchored off Skagen the following morning in just about perfect conditions. This tiny town is at the very northern tip of Denmark, a mile or so from where the North Sea meets the Baltic, or more exactly, where the Skagerrak meets the Kattegat. Because of this situation there is often a great deal of sea traffic cris-crossing around and it certainly kept the Chief Officer busy on the 4 to 8 watch, he likened it to a certain popular electronic game machine. In my days of watch keeping we would have just said the radar had measles again.

Skagen had been a small fishing village for many years, but in the mid-19th century artists started to move there, supposedly for the very special light and the main art museum has many paintings from the period 1830 to 1930, the Danish Golden Age. Our passengers enjoyed the intimate charm of the old neighbourhoods, painted yellow houses with white picket fences. I’m afraid all I managed to see was from half a mile away, a busy harbour with large trawlers, some under refit, while to seaward, numerous vessels also at anchor and waiting for orders I presume.   

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