13-04-13 to 20-04-13 Enkhuizen to Emden

Skipper: Ulrich, Andreas

Crew Jurg, Bernhard, Oliver, Urs

It’s always a nervous moment when a new crew meets for the first time
when they will be spendignt he whole week in such close proximity, and we met
in Enkhuizen, before joing the boat in the shipyard in Medemblik the following day.

Once out on the Ijsselmeer, the weather picks up and the water is
choppy until we reach the shelter of Kornwerderzand. Then it’s into the Wadden
Sea and on to Oudeschild.  The forecast 20 degree heat must have been somewhere else, although we did feel a few rays of sunshine when we anchored.

Our voyage the next day to the island port of Vlieland is exciting
because we must use the tide to cross an isthmus which dries, and has only
enough water over it for us an hour after high water.  The idea of being stranded high and dry leaves us cold.

Up at 5am and with dawn at 6am – is the skipper being malicious? We
want to make a voyage of some 70 miles, and don’t want to burn too much fuel,
hence the early start.  We pass the famous lighthouse on the island of Terschelling and Lauwersoog and Ameland.  We have timed the tide well and can enter the Lauwersmeer

and travel the eight miles to Zoutkamp before tying up in the pretty old harbour, once on the seaside before the building of a dam reclaimed the land here.

We go on to Groningen and find the river traffic very quiet and the old
town a charming place to walk and enjoy a delicious dinner.

We go on the Delfzil and again the traffic is light.  It’s windy.
We refuel and stay there overnight.

We opt for another dawn start because of strong winds being forecast,
and get through the sea lock at Emden as soon as it opens and are at the
railway bridge at Emden at its first opening of the morning and are in the
inner harbour and comfortably tied up before lunch.

Another unforgettable week on Rolling Swiss II!  Thank you.

Jurg

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