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Perfect conditions out of Esbjerg

Midas skippered by Torben Herslund is uncertain on how to react when gust close to 40 knots and 4 m waves hit tomorrow Friday 3rd.

There was an intense and serious atmosphere in the new and fabulous watersports house in Esbjerg during the skippers briefing prior to the start of Garmin Round Denmark Race Offshore 2023. The reason is the weather forecast for 221 NM long leg 1 from Esbjerg to Skagen.

The predictions are still that a severe wind system will meet the participants from Thyborøn to Skagen. A middle wind of 30 knot gusting to some 38 knots will rise the sea state to waves close to four meters high. Most critical is the rounding of the corner at Hansholm.

Full pressure on the participants

– I'm am a bit nervous. I hope that the waves will be long and sailable and that they don't break and make the boat broach, told X79 skipper Esben Pilegaard prior to the dockout.

Onboard the GB 3000 Midas Torben Herslund and his crew were well aware of the magnitude of the task in front of them.

– We are all learing offshore sailing. We have talked with the much more experienced guys from Hansen Sailing Team to be as prepared as possible. We are uncertain how we will react when the front hits. If we don't feel safe we are ready to go to an emergency harbour and wait it out till the wind drops, told skipper Torben Herslund.

skippers and crew of the seven boats starting out of Esbjerg.


The exit for Esbjerg was is perfect conditions in 8 - 11 m/sec wind from northwest on flat water.

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