Wouda Steam Pumping Station

Water, water everywhere!  We’ve grown accustomed to canals, dikes, and locks; in the Netherlands controlling the water levels is vital since 26% of the country actually lies below sea level.  As the saying goes, “God created the Earth and the Dutch created Holland.”  The Dutch have reclaimed large areas of land from the sea, called a polders, and…

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…