RESTLESS AT REST IN COPENHAGEN
Restless of Auckland
Roland and Consie Lennox-King
Wed 29 Oct 2008 22:49
We finished our circumnavigation of Denmark, and stayed in Vedbaek marina for a few very social days, before taking off sails and all running gear in preparation for laying up. We were invited to the Opera Don Carlos at the new Opera House in Copenhagen with Inger and Tuxen, to Ken and Inger's for a birthday party, and on a herring fishing expedition with Mogens. The weather deteriorated as we got closer to the end of September.
We put Restless away for the winter in Jakob Jensens boatyard near Copenhagen with some difficulty, as mentioned Restless is bigger than most of the yachts in Skandinavia. Our lightship weight is 17.5 tons and we must have weighed in over 20 tons. We loaded off as much movable weight as we could take off: masts, booms, sails, spare anchors, chain, warp, books, fuel, water, batteries, toolboxes, liferaft, dinghy, etc. A second crane came to help with the lift, and eventually Restless was put onto a tractor-trailer which then placed her in a protected spot between the yard buildings. Roland made a winter cover for her. It was a cold and rainy 8 degrees when we left Restless to catch a plane to Edinburgh on 5th Ocotober, where we spent a few nights with Keir.
We left Scotland for London on 9th October and as we had a few hours in London, Annette and David kindly drove up from Lymington, picked us up and took us to Kitty and Simon's house for tea and a walk in Kensington Park before we caught the evening flight to Hong Kong. We spend 10 days in HK, staying with Livi and James, and went through wedding plans, and Roland sailed both weekends. Then we spent 8 days in Sydney with Consie's mother and 2 sisters and family, Consie helped Feyona with Artsydney, where Feyona sold 16 of her sculptures and 6 of her son Willem's, and 3 or 4 paintings from each of the 6 artists she represents. Andre and Roland went to the farm for a few days, it was the coldest weather Sydney had experienced for some 30 years. Perhaps it was an indicator for our time in NZ!!!
We arrived in Auckland and will spend a few days catching up with friends before we go north to the Bay of Islands, to enjoy a southern hemisphere summer. We will stay until March, before starting our return to Europe.
Best wishes to you all for the forthcoming festive season and we hope you have enjoyed these webdiaries.