Finding the SUN in Sneek, Fryslan

Even on rainy days, the sun shines at AquaSolar; just what one might expect at a company that specializes in solar energy and wind energy for boats, caravans, and homes.  After a tip from fellow, live-aboard sailors whom we’d met aboard Zanzibar while in Lememr, we scouted AquaSolar’s website and thought it might be worth our while to take the boat to…

Wouda Steam Pumping Station

Water, water everywhere!  We’ve grown accustomed to canals, dikes, and locks; in the Netherlands controlling the water levels is vital since 26% of the country actually lies below sea level.  As the saying goes, “God created the Earth and the Dutch created Holland.”  The Dutch have reclaimed large areas of land from the sea, called a polders, and…

Row, Row, Row…All the Way Home

Having returned to the Ijsselmeer, we approached the town of Lemmer.  It had been a long day’s sail from Makkum, 35.8nm farther north just near the dike, with very light wind but a nice, calm sea state on the lake allowed Detour to make 4-knots.  We were not in a hurry and rather enjoyed a peaceful…

Wadden Islands – Vlieland

Our nine-mile trip to Vlieland was a good test of Detour‘s capability for motoring upwind in 20-knots, through confused waves and opposing current.  The deck was doused several times.  We learned Detour‘s motion in these conditions, very different compared to s/v Rode Trip’s rocking horse motion; much more comfortable, but when waves smacked the flat bottom of the hull’s design it felt…

Wadden Islands – Terschelling

We visited two of these five, Dutch islands which are strung along the northwestern tip of the Netherlands in the Wadden Sea.  Each unique; these Wadden Islands are shaped and sculpted by the tidal movement of the Wadden Sea bordering the east coast and the often treacherous, ever present, lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean bordering the northwestern coast.  Their landscapes are…

Wadden Sea

We were about to enter the Wadden Sea, a momentous event for Detour upon which re-entering the salty sea meant that this ship had crossed a continent!  The lock through the eastern end of the Afsluitdijk, the dike separating the Ijsselmeer from the Wadden Sea, would raise Detour (due to the tide) into the ocean.  From the Mediterranean Sea…

Natuurhaven de Kreupe

Mid-day during the Delta Lloyd 24 uurs Zeilrace, we ventured onto the Ijsselmeer to join the action.  Six-hundred sailboats were racing on the Ijsselmeer, Markermeer, and North Sea and countless others were observing the event.  Once again we’d picked our end destination while en-route.  The benefit of day sailing without a home base is that you…

Into the Great Wide Open

Now that we’re ready for sailing again, we needed some wide open spaces to set sail!  That wouldn’t be a problem in the Netherlands…the real problem, however, was that our own wide open spaces seemed a bit cramped; what to do with all these fenders!?   Oh yea, and the BIG, bow fender too!  It…

Hagelslag

Chocolate for breakfast!?  Have we died and gone to heaven!? When we’d met friends in Utrecht, one of the foods they suggested we sample while in the Netherlands is hagelslag.  Unbeknownst to them, Brian was familiar with this meal (he had a childhood friend whose mother was from the Netherlands and, after returning from family visits, she’d prepare…

SAIL Detour

Anyone else tired of that overhanging mast and accompanying, X-shaped support post getting in the way of all our photographs?  We sure are!  It’s about time we get that out of the way and…RAISE THE MAST! We spent several days at the town of Weesp, on the Vecht River, which had been our staging point…