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 really can go wherever the wind takes you. That evening, we docked at Natuurhaven de Kreupe; a man-made, bird sanctuary island in the northwestern Ijsselmeer. From Natuurhaven de Kreupe we had 360-degrees of sail-lined views as the racing boats descended upon Medemblik. A touring Dutch barge arrived for some sunset birding photos. As passengers swarmed the docks with their tri-pods and ginormous lenses, we settled in the cockpit for the evening’s cocktail and one of Brian’s favorite views, an Amsterdam brewed IPA. *Brian’s editorial note – “This is actually my favorite view. It is good beer, though.” As a special treat, the rising of a full moon not only a great ending to a fantastic day but also a gentle reminder…how long have we been here? Where were we for the last full moon? And we’re still trying to figure that out!