Rowing from Oslo to Copenhagen
My great summeradventure 2014, was rowing from Norway to Denmark, 648 km, 350 or 280000 strokes in an open Suvi 4.60 in 8 weeks.
Must things can be done if you beleave in them. After several tests in Finland, among them a Suvi 4.60, I knew I had found the perfect open boat, that could take me all the way from Oslo in Norway to Copenhagen in Denmark. A grand total of 62 days at sea near the western coast of Sweden.
The "Crazy Project", as some ment it to be, started up in Moss July the first and ended th++e last day of August in Nyhavn, Denmark. After 8 weeks at sea in the small Suvi 4.60 the boat and the skipper was still fit for fight. Together we have proved that such an adventure can be done, if you have the right boat and a strong man to row it.
We survided strong winds and up to 5 feet high waves due to the fact of a perfect boat and strong arms to row "Terje Wigen 2" trough the rough sea.
My Suvi 4.60 is an unsinkable one with floating geel in 3 camers and a total weight of only 170 pounds. A total weight of 800 pounds including food, cloating and nessesary security equipment as stormlamp, life jacket, GPS, anker, SOS alarm, cameraes and radio, fenders and ropes.
Just little room for the skipper when the boat is fully packed. To protect the bow section and luggage a waterproof shield is a solid protection for big waves, rain and strong winds. From the stern to the center of the boat a second shield protect from rain and waves coming in from behind.
As I slept aboat 30 days near the boat on small islands and beaches on my long route, it took around one hour to empty the boat and fill it up again the next morning, after sleeping in a mini tent 2x2 meters. But it kept me dry during the nights. Due to the slim and light Suvi 4.60, I could row in to small paradises on the coast where other boats could not pass. After a late dinner I just felt asleep just like a Robinson Crusoe.
A REAL FIGHT
Southerly winds where blowing most of July and August along the western coats of Sweden. The skipper realy had to fight for every nautical mile to reach the next haboar. Happely enough the Suvi and I cuold reach into the small haboar Skallkroken just before the boat was half filled up with seawater in an unexpected storm. The little, but solid Suvi was dancing over the rough high waves when I used my last reserves of power to reach the haboar behind the big black rocks.
In August we had to spend 13 days in Mølle Haboar due to strong winds, not even the local fisherman Anders could leave the haboar.
Apart from strong winds we had the most beautyful and warm summer with a lot of sunshine and often 30 degrees C. During the trip we saw more then 100 seals on small islands along the coastline. And at least 2000 sail and motoryachts in the charming haboars in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Vigen 2" when they met us at sea or in haboars. They wished us a happy journey, offered cold beer food and even free housing in many haboars. And they would not charge us because the small Suvi 4.60 did not take mush room.
Often I rowed the boat up on a sandy beach and left it near to the tent.
TELEVISION,RADIO AND PRESSINTERREST
The interrest for this spezial rowtrip was realy surprising. Around 50 TV, radio and newspaperinterveuwes from the start in Norway to the end in Denmark.
dThanks to good logistics and hard training my hands and arms and back was 100 percent during the whole trip. I lost 50 pounds of fat and gained 38 pounds of muskels in 60 days.
The food was mostly fish, fresh fruit, vegetabels and porrige made from grain. Plus 250 liter of fresh water.
NAVIGATION WAS A BIG PROBLEM
To navigate a open rowboat is a real problem, because you are sitting in the wrong direction in the boat. Every 30 minute I had to check my Garmin GPS to be sure of my course, and chance it if nessesary. I had to make some changes, but not very often.
I know for sure that the Suvi 4.60 was the right boat for my adventure. The small size and the light weight made it possible for me to handle the boat with full control, even in high waves.
So go for it if you want to get a better healt and meet new people enjoying the maritime life. But you need to be in good shape before you start your trip. Traning and security is a number one issue if you make your own adventure at sea.
Futher information please contact Ulf at phone 0047 45491954.
Ulf Wesley Johnsen