After the race finish having been brought forward, we handed sail and turned on the engines. We were doing roughly 8 knots. In the surrounding vicinity there were a lot of other ships from the race, all trying to get to Esbjerg with their engines on.
One by one the ships funnelled into the channel approaching Esbjerg, like a row of ducklings following the pilot boat. The weather had changed to flat and calm seas, sunny skies and a light breeze.
Once in port we had to wait until the ship in front had berthed alongside, then with a slow start we got alongside our berth. The people on the quayside crowded around us to find out about the ship. It turned out to be a very hot afternoon.
We began the assisted climbs which were spectacular to watch, and once they were completed free time was granted to those who wanted it. Going ashore for the first time since Sunderland was a bit shaky at first but once our sea legs had gone we walked around our competitors. The other vessels were draped with flags and it was amazing to get on and see what their style of living was like and how it compared to ours.
After a beautiful Danish burger from a central restaurant, we wandered the shops and had a browse at the Danish culture. The city of Esbjerg was lit up and prepared for the tall ships event, and we felt very welcome. At night we went back to the ships which had been lit up for the night. We then went on a t-shirt printing hunt and purchased some nice t-shirts that will remind us of this voyage.
Overall the day was filled with many great experiences and it was very nice seeing another country.
Oscar and Callum