To 62-year old Electrical Engineer Michael Otto, the out-of-office status in his Outlook will mean more than just vacation this summer. He will spend the next six weeks undertaking a daring attempt to paddle his way around the entire Danish coastline. By himself. In a sea kayak.
If he succeeds, a big dream will come true. Michael took up sea kayaking seven years ago, just around the time he joined COWI's Water and Environment unit in Odense. In his spare time, he has spent a lot of hours in sea kayaks, rain or shine.
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The route along Denmark measures some 1,250 kilometres and will take him from the roaring North Sea, along the back of Jutland to Skagen, down along the east coast of Jutland, passing by the island of Samsø when crossing the open sea and the busy channel to Røsnæs in western Zealand. From there, he will sail north of Zealand, down through the Oresund and into the busy channels of Copenhagen and onwards down to Lolland-Falster, through the small South Funen islands, before heading for the main land past Sønderborg. His journey ends at the end of Flensborg Fjord, where he will come ashore and lay his hand on boundary stone no. 1 at the Danish-German border.
If all goes well, that is. Because this is no rookie journey. Only one in about four kayakers that dare this route are able to finish. And many actually sail in teams, rather than going alone, which Michael will be. According to him:
”I’ll be embarking on this journey with great humility, knowing it’s a very long journey. Some days, it may be too windy and I don’t even know if I can complete the entire route. So, we’ll just have to see. The weather will decide what happens.”