We squeezed through the lock out of Lemmer and had a good passage across the
Here we awaited the arrival of Tony’s daughter Sarah and her husband Oli. They write:
Let’s start at the end. It was sad to leave Tony & Ynskje in the pretty harbour of Marken; sitting on a bus to Amsterdam rather than taking the Bromptons to explore the area further and enjoy more good company and good times aboard Antipole. We’d seen a new side to the Netherlands, quaint and picturesque, whilst still very Dutch: practical, convivial and with plenty of bikes and
For Oli, it was also sad to leave after a first taste of the sailing lifestyle – m
Antipole had ‘come indoors’ in northern Holland to counter difficult weather out at sea, so our time sailing was on the Markenmeer, effectively a large lake set behind the 32km long Afsluitdijk. This opened in 1932 to cut the Zuiderzee off from the North Sea and so protect towns and villages from flooding. We learned all about this at the fascinating Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen where 50 or so buildings had remarkably been brought from around the region, enabling you to stroll around an early
We were looked after rather too well on board Antipole with delicious brunches, snacks and meals. There was a large selection of ales and spirits, providing for a Belgian beer tasting session one evening and, as a last night treat, a sampling of the early production Stauning w
We particularly enjoyed learning a little about harbour or marina etiquette, being called upon to avoid eye-contact and adopt an unwelcoming body posture as a fellow 40ft yacht approached our enviable spot at the end of Enkhuizen’s old harbour, as one of the few boats yet to be doubled-up. This appeared to work. And then back-fired an hour later when the stealthy black silhouette of a 50ft gin palace cruised up undeterred and began to tie up. The deed committed to, Tony sprang into courteous action to assist, and they turned out to be a nice family. Yet our romantic view down the harbour was gone.
Well, that brings us back to the start of our few days
From Marken, Tony & Ynskje had a good sail to Amsterdam, where we berthed in Sixhaven, close by the central station. Sixhaven is very convenient and friendly but has a reputation amongst yachting folk for getting over packed. There are stories of boats being trapped inside for days, but we secured a good berth just inside the entrance so getting out will be easy. While here, Ynskje took a train to Nunspeet to visit her mum Trees in her new home.
That’s the news for now.
Ynskje & Tony