I started to monitor the traffic flow in both directions 15nm before getting close to the TSS. The traffic was heavy at that time but upon arrival three hours later, there was a good window for us to cross. I only had to deal with one bulk carrier and the Gedser-Travemünde ferry. The ferry came close but a quick call on the VHF radio provided assurance both parties are in control.
While still crossing, I got a nice wake-up message from Jan. 👍 In any case, the “Kadetrinne“ needs heavy attention, that became very clear again.
The next attraction was a lightning show over Fehmarn. Big relief it did not come closer and just stretched along our fairway. Some distant grumbling included.
Once the thunder had passed along, the wind ceased for a while but came back, not as strong as before but strong enough to shut the engine off again to enjoy a bit more slow motion sailing before sunrise.
No moon, pitch dark, plenty of stars. Less than 20nm to go.