Helgoland, 2018

Visiting Helgoland by own boat

Prehistory: Once again, our plan for the summer cruise didn’t go as expected. We planned to cruise the south coast of Norway from Kristiansand to Oslo. In Thyborøn Marina, we met Bente and Peer. Over a cold beer, we talked about our plan while we took a close look at the weather forecast for the North sea the next couple of days. It didn’t take a lot of effort from Bente to persuade us to body boat with them to Helgoland and though The Kiel Channel instead of beating the weather to reach Norway.

Due to the tide at our new destination, we had to time our departure from Thyborøn. Next day at 12:50, we untie the lines and set sails for Helgoland. After almost 16 hours on a nearly flat North Sea, we arrived at Helgoland and moored alongside at 16:00 on the 4th of August.

In the harbour of Helgoland, you tie up alongside, on the floating bridge is marked with 3-4 different boat sizes, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 metres. The first boat ties up alongside, at the spot for this size of the boat, next boat ties up alongside on the first boat.
Ass showed on the picture above; every other boat has a line to shore, this is to prevent at the boat drifting if the wind direction shifts to bow or stern.

Two times daily, you have to be aboard your boat, even if you stay on Helgoland for the rest of the day.
The first significant replacement of boats is when there is a departure for Holland, which is in the morning, later in the day, around noon they leave both going to Hamburg or the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal also known as The Kiel Channel.

We had a wonderful time on with our friends on this little archipelago in the North Sea.
Hiked the island around a couple of times, Bente and Camilla took hundreds of pictures of the births.
We visited the small museum, enjoyed the sunset over the English Channel.

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