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…

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…

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…