Departure: Lemmer, June 16, 12 AM Arrival: Enkhuizen, June 16, 6 PM Nautical miles: 30
After exiting the canals near Lemmer, we entered the Ijsselmeer. To our knowledge also filled with fresh water, separated by the North Sea by the man made (human made to be more correct) deich – a long barricade preventing the Dutch from becoming the next Atlantis. We hoisted our sails and spinnaker and sailed in the burning heat under constant attack of various bugs. A brief stop at anchor in the beautiful naval town of Enkhuizen.
Already the following afternoon we sailed to Amsterdam before the big thunderstorm. The strong blowing winds proved no help in managing the lock into Markemeer, with big struggle we exited and hoisted sails, despite a reef in the main, we took some beating wich resulted in our starboard couch flying around and some drawers coming out.
Departure: Enkhuizen, June 17, 4 PM Arrival: Amsterdam, June 17, 10 PM Nautical miles: 25
Arriving in Amsterdam we where greeted by a beautiful sunset and a perfect spot in the lovely marina of Sixhaven, located right there in the center of magnificent Amsterdam. The next day we explored the city a bit and fixed the mess. Unfortunately we had to head out rather quick to catch some promising winds towards the South.
Ps. Sixhaven is a real charm, located super close to center, to which a free ferry can take you. The marina has really good facilities and a friendly harbour master and despite its rather prestige location very cheap. Don’t miss it.