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Part 2 another day another challenge!

The day after the storm promised a light north westerly which should be ideal to  drift up to Harlingen via the lock in the afsluitdijk at Kornwerderzand. Unfortunately the wind didn’t materialize in anything other than a couple of knots … Continue reading

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A holiday with challenging weather part 1

With the school term reaching an end at the end of July we had planned to take Virtue North through Amsterdam to be situated in Harlingen for the arrival of the Tall ships race from Stavanger Norway, in which my … Continue reading

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Pilot Cutters Regatta Falmouth

I have just returned from a week in Falmouth as chartterer crew on Agnes the Scilly islands pilot cutter, was a remarkable experience. Coming originally from the East coast of the UK and having spent many years now in Holland, … Continue reading

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May holiday

With the arrival of our May school holidays the first week was cold and had rather extreme amounts of rain so play was prevented till things had perked up in the second week and a three day weather window way … Continue reading

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All shipshape again

After a fairly bleak and cold winter it was finally time to take off my winters covers, get on some final coats of varnish on the mast, spars etc. and put everything back together for the summer season, it always … Continue reading

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On going maintenance and kayaking

The tempo of maintenance and upgrades has been a little slow this winter, mainly as there was not much in the way of essential work needed and secondly the weather has been so damp and through November and December that … Continue reading

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Still raining !!

 With the close of the season, it is now time to tackle some boat projects during the winter. This winter the cabin re- paint was long overdue the original white gloss had gone quite yellow in places and had rather … Continue reading

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Ready for winter

Before you know it it’s ready to pull everything apart and put the boat away for the winter, not been the easiest of seasons to plan a cruise in, we had roughly a week in May and struggled to find … Continue reading

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Sailing the Randmeren

Captains log 7th Aug, left Aalsmeer 18.25, Aalsmeer bridge 19.00, A9 bosraand bridge 20.00, Nieuwemeer lock and night opening 00.50 till 2.40, sleep till  8.00, 9.18 departure, oranje lock 10.20, 11.15 off Durgerdam, 12.30 off Pampas, 13.18 sailing under the … Continue reading

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A day at the races?

With the Summer weather turning more and more unsettled with loads of wind and heavy rain the weather stuck to its normal routine of being perfectly acceptable till the school holidays begin here in the last weeks of July, I’ve … Continue reading

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