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Here we go again !

7 months in the same area, this is our new record !!! Time to do some offshore sailing again …

Tuesday, 5 p.m. – farewell to my friend Uwe and out on the River Elbe – just don’t look back, we had a wonderful time …Let’s find out what’s behind the horizon. Once again past the ferries – turn left and course west. The sails remain packed, as the air stands still but the current is in our favor and we do 8 knots over ground – all fine.

Tuesday, 10 p.m. – arrival at Cuxhaven, we drop the iron on the Medem anchorage. The alarm clock is set at 04:30am,

Wednesday, 04:30 – 2 cups of coffee, a deep breath and pull up the anchor … oh my dear, first to be ripped out of sleep and then early morning execises (we have no anchor winch) , that can be cheerful. The tide is pushing us in the right direction, all fine.

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – we reached Elbe 1 and set course on the island of Wangerooge.

Wednesday, 11:30 – finally a bit of wind from the east – engine stop. Now we are talking!

Wednesday, 3 p.m. – Wangerooge on portside, everything perfect, wind 4 Bft from the east, in the Butterfly with 4 knots against the current.

Wangerooge Island
Wangerooge Island

Thursday, 04:30 – we cross the border and set the guest flag of the Netherlands – Yoohooo ! Wind unchanged constant 4 Bft from the east

Thursday, 3 p.m. – Terschelling on portside

exellent weather, sailing at his best!

Thursday, 10 p.m. – reaching Den Helder, the Frisian islands are done. Wind slowly turns to south-east. Our new shortwave system works magnificently, just had a chat with Wolfgang (EA3-DD0ER) from Tarragona (Spain) on the 14313 MHz and sent a mail via Winlink Relais Bern.

Stardust Shortwave equippment
Stardust Shortwave equipment

Friday, 06:00 – Ijmuiden on portside, sailing close on the wind (South-East 3 Bft)

Passenger ships on anchor, a strange picture

Friday, 5 p.m. 20 – Entering Rotterdam and set course for the “Oude Maas”.

northern gate of Rotterdam
northern gate of storm surge barrier on the Nieuwe Waterweg
southern gate of Rotterdam
southern gate of storm surge barrier on the Nieuwe Waterweg
the gate of Rotterdam
Maeslantkering has two 210 meters long barrier gates, with two 237 meters long steel trusses holding them. When closed, the barrier will protect the entire width (360 meters) of the Nieuwe Waterweg, the main waterway of Port of Rotterdam. It is one of the largest moving structures on Earth, rivalling the Green Bank Telescope in the United States and the Bagger 288 excavator in Germany.

Friday, 20:30 – After 20 minutes, the Spijkenasse bridge opens and the journey continues towards Dordrecht.

Friday, 10 p.m. 45 – heavy thunderstorm with cloudburst, wet but refreshing – it’s dark as in a bear’s ass!

Saturday, 00:30 – shortly before Dordrecht we turn right into Dortsche Kil

Saturday, 01:15 – entering the Vluchthaven north of de Wacht and moored at the yacht jetty. Out of the wet clothes and into the warm bunk – it’s time for a loooong nap!

The weather forecast for the next 7 days: only westerly winds in the English Channel, so let’s stroll slowly across the rivers towards Belgium. Catch ya later – Yoohooo!