Land Ho!

I’ve never been as excited to see land as when I first spotted the lights of Martinique.  Along the horizon evening lights were just visible, a yellow haze glowing through dark, rainy skies.  BMac had me take a look to confirm at about 04:00 that the glow was indeed Martinique and not an approaching ship.…

Selje

We motored 52nm from Svanøy to the island of Selje.  The forecast had not exactly cooperated; despite any detours we took, the wind remained on our nose all day.  We cut through a fjord where spectacular heights towered over Detour.  We stopped for a quick fishing break and kept three small pollock for bait.  Brian began…

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),…

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…

Welcome to Sixhaven

Excitement built on a dreary afternoon as we approached the Oranjesluizen.  This was one of the larger lock systems we’ve traversed; four locks, side by side, that are primarily utilized for commercial traffic.  Following the directional signs indicating ‘SPORT’ we tied to a waiting platform for a lift bridge that would raise on schedule to allow safe…

Volendam

“It’s all Japanese,” we were told twice, by two different Dutch friends.  Japanese?  “Tourists,” they had continued, “taking photos,” they motioned ‘click!’ ‘click!’ with their index fingers taking a snapshot of both me and Brian using their pretend cameras while we listened to these descriptions of Volendam.  Hmmm, tourists.  Usually we avoided these locations.  “But nice to…

Let’s Stay

At Enkhuizen, a ray of sunshine shone through the forward cabin’s porthole just at the break of day.  Already awake, I rose from our bunk to peek out the hatch, my usual morning routine. It was roughly 7:15AM and the harbor was ablaze with the sunrise; days were becoming incredibly short.  Although we were rafted two…

Reindeer

We never know what we will stumble upon during random, walking tours but having a few reindeer in our path was a subtle reminder that winter was fast approaching…the llamas and emu only added to our confusion as to what to do next! Natuurhaven de Kreupel had been our first stop after departing Seabell at…