Winter in Amsterdam

Muiden to Amsterdam – 8.2 miles in 3 hours A quiet potter back to Amsterdam this morning – the last sail of the season. A light breeze from dead downwind meant that we just motored to the Schellingwouderbrug. A slow run through the bridge and Oranjesluis meant a fairly slow run …

Manoeuvring across to Muiden

Enkhuizen to Muiden – 23.5 miles in 5 hours 35 minutes With a South Easterly forecast we decided to get ourselves closer back to Amsterdam today, so we headed straight down the Markermeer to Muiden. After filling up with fuel at Enkhuizen, we headed back through the lock and with …

Easy day in Enkhuizen

We decided to have a lay day today – an easy day in Enkhuizen. With a lovely sunny day we decided to start the day with a wander round the Zuiderzee Museum – described by Lonely Planet as one of the finest in the Netherlands. So, we walked down the …

Back in Amsterdam

Lelystad to Amsterdam – 24.9 miles in 6 hours 5 minutes A trip of two halves today … Leaving Lelystad around 7.40am we had a lovely sail under jib only back across to Amsterdam. The wind gradually built from the NE and slowly went E giving us a broad reach …

Lelystad revisited

Hoorn to Lelystad – 16.5 miles in 2 hours 40 minutes A cracking sail today. The wind kicked in for the first time with a NE4. After some shopping around Hoorn, we headed out about 10.45am. After yet another abortive attempt to pump-out and fill up with fuel (the barge …

Hobbling to Hoorn

Hindeloopen to Hoorn – 28 miles in 8 hours 20 minutes The forecast for today remained light, but with around 7-8 knots of breeze as we left Hindeloopen we were confident of sailing. The confidence was slightly misplaced as the breeze died, but we stuck with it and helped by …

Hopping across to Hindeloopen

Enkhuizen to Hindeloopen (via Stavoren for lunch) – 15 miles in 6 hours Another hot and light wind day today – something has clearly gone wrong with the weather! As John arrived last night, we had a wander round Enkhuizen for an hour or so this morning before we left. …

Embracing Enkhuizen again

Medemblik to Enkhuizen – 13.1 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes A short trip today, back to Enkhuizen to pick up John. Enkhuizen is one of the easiest places to get to from Amsterdam by train, so we headed out of Medemblik in a very light easterly to tack …

Meandering to Medemblik

Lemmer to Medemblik – 22.8 miles in 4 hours and 20 minutes The weather came up trumps today. It was sunny with a 15 knot breeze, so it looks like we have used up our quota of perfect weather for this year. As we left Lemmer, we found (unexpectedly) that …

Limping across to Lemmer

Enhuizen to Lemmer – 18.5 miles in 5 hours and 10 minutes There seems to be something wrong with the weather. When we go away on the boat it is supposed to be windy, cloudy, grey perhaps with a gale or two thrown in. Someone though seems to have thrown …