We have arrived at Nykøbing. This small sleepy town unknown to mass tourism has won our hearts almost immediately. It is not just the lush green dotted with red brick danish houses and deep blue water that is enchanting, but rather everyone that we have met. They are all super nice. A few locals that we spoke with are not yet familiar with Vegvisir race and were surprised that we came all the way from across Europe to sail (they are more used to the concept of them coming down south to do the same). In the harbour, dozens of volunteers were already waiting for sailors and were ready to help in any way they could. They insisted to take us to an older yacht moored on the other side of the marina with a boat when we could easily just walked. There we have met with Morten, the organiser and the pioneer of the Vegvisir race and he seemed quite calm and prepared for everything. You can check out the interview with him here.
Today at 6 PM the double-handed teams start and tomorrow the singlehanders. We will be following both from water and from land since the routes mainly sticking to the numerous islands and channels. It is going to be tricky and local knowledge of where to cut the corners could prove decisive. Morten said that this race brings the navigational challenges back in a true sense. All the electronic devices will help you get around but for sure not in the fastest and shortest way. Detailed paper charts, skilfull navigation and tactics will play a major role and that is where you can truly find your Vegvisir (what is Vegvisir? Find out here).
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Wikipedia on Nykøbing:
Nykøbing Falster is the largest city on the islands of Lolland and Falster, and is often called “Nykøbing F.” to distinguish it from at least two other cities in Denmark with the name of Nykøbing. Nykøbing Falster is the seat of state and regional authorities. In addition to those two namesakes, a city in Sweden is called Nyköping, which means exactly the same in the closely related language.
There is a 0.5 kilometer long commercial district, walking street (gågade) on the Falster side of the city with a wide selection of shops. At the end of the street is a large plaza where special events are arranged. These include popular late-night events, which are held several times a year. It has a large central library in the center of town.
The town receives many visitors during the summer, especially from Sydfalster.
Nykøbing Falster was founded around a 12th-century medieval castle. At the end of the 12th century, fortifications were set up on a peninsula on Guldborgsund for protection against the Wends, and these were later converted into Nykøbing Castle. The town of Nykøbing Falster grew up around these fortifications. After the Reformation, the castle was the residence of widowed Danish queens. As several queens of German descent resided here, many Germans came to the town.