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…

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…

Wadden Islands – Terschelling

We visited two of these five, Dutch islands which are strung along the northwestern tip of the Netherlands in the Wadden Sea.  Each unique; these Wadden Islands are shaped and sculpted by the tidal movement of the Wadden Sea bordering the east coast and the often treacherous, ever present, lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean bordering the northwestern coast.  Their landscapes are…

Wadden Sea

We were about to enter the Wadden Sea, a momentous event for Detour upon which re-entering the salty sea meant that this ship had crossed a continent!  The lock through the eastern end of the Afsluitdijk, the dike separating the Ijsselmeer from the Wadden Sea, would raise Detour (due to the tide) into the ocean.  From the Mediterranean Sea…