Bronzewing re-launched

Trip Start May 13, 2010
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Trip End Oct 04, 2010


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Jan & Lise's in Middelfart

Flag of Denmark  , Fyn and the Central Islands,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We arrived in Skaerbeck in Denmark on 1st June and had a happy reunion with our young friends, Jan and Lise whom we had met last year. Bronzewing was re-launched the same day.  We stayed with Jan and Lise in their house in the next town of Middelfart and moved Bronzewing into the marina there.  They kindly opened their house to us and we stayed with them until we were ready to move onboard.  They have been so kind to us and are storing some of our gear that we don't need on the boat and also taking care of our car whilst we are sailing.  We were delighted and honoured to be invited to their wedding on 26th June and will be renting a car and returning to Middelfart for that happy event next weekend.

Dragonfly training

For three days last week we engaged a German man called Werner to give us some tuition on sailing Dragonflies.  He is an expert, having owned six altogether and he is a passionate fan of these boats.  He is a charming, patient and sensitive instructor, freely acknowledging that Richard is an experienced sailor than and wondered why he was doing this at all!  However, I think he soon picked up that Rosie was the one who needed the instruction and I must say, I gained a great deal from those three days. 

Richard too benefitted from a refresher and got some valuable tips specific to Dragonflies and related to getting better sailing performance from our boat.  However, the winds were light for most of the time and it was disappointing that we didn’t experience conditions which in any way challenged us.  The last day was miserable, cold and wet but at least there was some reasonable wind that day.  We have learned that these boats perform at their best with no added weight and we can’t really hope for consistently high speeds when we have the boat weighted down with cruising gear.  We have added  many kilos in equipment such as solar panels, dinghy and outboard, water maker, fuel cell battery charger, computer, plotter and all our personal gear including folding bikes, clothes, books, manuals, food, wine, beer etc and water and fuel as well.  Without all this excess weight, no doubt the boat would reach the optimum speed of 24kts much more easily! However, we have found that unless we get a strong wind of over 20 kts, we don’t often exceed 10 knots – None the less, we have yet to be overtaken by a monohull under sail!
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