Podcast – The French Canals

You’ve read our stories, now hear our lovely voices!  Brian and I both had the pleasure of speaking with Franz, who interviewed us for his podcast series, Sailing in the Mediterranean.  Franz’s website (http://www.medsailor.com/) is filled with fantastic, firsthand information and helpful resources for cruising and chartering in the Mediterranean Sea. He also features topic interviews…

Jagten Nordstjernen

An overnight stop at the town of Middlefart on Funen (Fyn), Denmark, found us strolling down the Old Harbour docks.We were very fortunate on this particular evening because Henrik had just arrived aboard Jagten Nordstjernen (Yacht North Star) and he was filled with enthusiasm!  Brian and I paused to admire the ship, and were soon invited aboard…

Lyo

It was a sunny, calm morning when we set out for a bit of meander-motoring toward our next destination.  Thanks to our friend, Timo aboard S/Y Seasick-Luzie, for a key piece of wood that enabled Brian to fashion a temporary set-up for the fish finder (which doesn’t exactly fit into Detour’s navigation station scheme).  Brian finally cast his…

Kleven Havn, Aero

We sailed into the maritime history of Aero and anchored in the old wintering harbor, where the schooner fleet of centuries ago had laid-up ships for protection from harsh weather.  The entrance channel to Kleven Havn is marked with large stone piles that rise from the water.  Thank goodness for the tourist information center having published this fun fact, or we’d…

Welcome to Denmark!

We are breezing though the Baltic!  But first…we had a brief stay in Kiel, Germany after completing the Kiel Canal.  We met great new friends, Timo and Nathalie, who are moving aboard S/Y Seasick-Luzie.  Timo and Nathalie welcomed us to Germany, shared fabulous stories, and swapped great information about the Batlic Sea!  We are really hoping our…

Kiel Canal

The Kiel Canal was a grand finale to complete our first year aboard Detour!  We’d traveled through Europe’s inland waterways, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and now we’d transit the world’s busiest artificial waterway.  The Kiel Canal (A.K.A. Nord-Ostsee Canal) connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) through Germany.  We’d use this 98-kilometer (60-mile) route to…

Welcome to Germany!

We sailed from Terschelling, Netherlands, exited the cut between the Wadden Islands to enter the North Sea at approximately 6:00 P.M.  The predicted forecast was south-southeast wind at 15-20 knots.  Brian and I sat together in the cockpit through sunset anticipating the night.  We’d run jack-lines and were clipped into our harnesses and bundled beneath two layers topped…

Road Blocks

Good thing we’re sailing aboard Detour, which helped us get ’round two recent road blocks during which our cruisers’ flexibility was of the utmost importance!  We set sail from Andijk with a fabulous forecast, 20-knots of south wind behind us breezing us across the IJsselmeer.  Approaching the Lorentzsluizen (locks through the dike separating the IJsselmeer from the Wadden Sea),…