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.
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
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.
Friday, 06:00 – Ijmuiden on portside, sailing close on the wind (South-East 3 Bft)
Friday, 5 p.m. 20 – Entering Rotterdam and set course for the “Oude Maas”.
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!