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),…

Wadden Islands – Vlieland

Our nine-mile trip to Vlieland was a good test of Detour‘s capability for motoring upwind in 20-knots, through confused waves and opposing current.  The deck was doused several times.  We learned Detour‘s motion in these conditions, very different compared to s/v Rode Trip’s rocking horse motion; much more comfortable, but when waves smacked the flat bottom of the hull’s design it felt…