Spring Sailing

Spring has sprung in the Netherlands, and after a long hiatus Detour is finally sailing again!  We’re somewhat early bloomers; boats are still being launched into the water for the season and blustery weather is quite chilly despite the sunshine inviting us outside.  But we’re making moves and it feels great to get our plans underway for yet another adventurous year!

Goodbye, Amsterdam!  IMG_8692

Oranjesluizen - lock from the IJ River into the Markermeer.
Oranjesluizen – lock from the IJ River into the Markermeer.


We’ve landed in the town of Andijk where Detour will be fitted with new standing rigging, in addition the the new running rigging that Brian and I replaced this winter.  Meanwhile, we’ll be stocking the boat with all the food, alcohol, stroopwafels, and hagelslag that we can possibly fit!  We will also be route planning for our Netherlands exit via the Wadden Sea.  We’re headed north for summer cruising along the coast of Norway.

Jachthaven Andijk
Jachthaven Andijk




  1. Put on your Norway list to see the folk dance called the Hambo. I spent many a folkdance evening trying to learn it and finally did. Once you learn it you will not forget it. The music is great too! It will probably turn up at a festival. Enjoy your new adventure!!!

  2. Hey, guys, great to see where you are now and your plans. Fantastic. We are currently slogging our way south down the coast of Chile on Motu, hoping to winter in Valdivia.

  3. So exciting to hear from Steve & Marja!! We’re going to take a peek at Denmark en-route to Norway, very exciting NEW territory. We’ll join some fellow OCC’ers for a bit of cruising northward along the NO coast. Loving our aluminum boat 🙂 Hope you are enjoying Chile.

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