Ready to rock

After what has seemed like a long winter, I am finally back on board and preparing the boat for off. The last couple of days has been a blur of activity – mostly good, but with Sod’s Law intervening a couple of times. The boat has been cleaned from end …

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 …

Lelystad revisited

Amsterdam to Lelystad – 20.6 miles in 6 hours 25 minutes A nice relaxed sail today. We left Amsterdam around 10.30am after stocking up. We finally found the supermarket nearby – turns out there is a small food section in a Hema store just round the back of the next …

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 …

Emigrating back to Enkhuizen

Amsterdam to Enkhuizen – 28.4 miles in 7 hours 5 minutes Got back on board a couple of days ago and then Andy joined me yesterday. After an early morning start we tried to head out via the pump-out station, but it was being repaired. So, we headed straight out …

Affable Amsterdam

Volendam to Amsterdam – 18 miles in 4 hours 25 minutes Back home again today … We set off from Volendam about 9.15 this morning to head back to Amsterdam Marina. Volendam marina was really nice – a modern marina with excellent facilities (apart from an oddly positioned pump-out station …

Moving across to Medemblik

Lelystad to Medemblik – 25.9 miles in 4 hours 35 minutes With a better forecast for today, we decided to head back across the Markermeer and north into the Ijsselmeer again. The destination we chose was Medemblik, not least because the marina there is part of the Amsterdam marina group, …

Edging to Edam

Amsterdam to Edam – 19.6 miles in 4 hours and 25 minutes Anne and I headed out to the boat yesterday on the ferry an Derek and Adie joined us this morning on the early morning flight from Southend to Schipol. On arrival they were greeted with a coffee and then …

Arriving back at Amsterdam

Muiden to Amsterdam – 10.4 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes A return trip to Amsterdam today – time to head home this evening on the ferry and leave the boat in its new home in Amsterdam Marina. We left our berth at the Royal Dutch Yacht Club about …

Arrived at Amsterdam

Nieuwe Meer to Amsterdam Marina – 4.1 miles in 2 hours 35 minutes Possibly the slowest average speed of the whole trip for this passage, but this made it all the more interesting. The passage was the night convoy around Amsterdam. At either end of the Schinkel canal are major …