Colin & Belinda Laidlaw
Mon 30 Jun 2014 16:42
We left a beautiful anchorage just after 9.30 this morning and thought we’d be through the lock into the Baltic in no time, but we had to wait 2 hours to let more container ships through before we could enter, tie up then climb a vertical ladder to pay our fees.
Just after 2.30pm, after travelling 931 NM over 22 days, we tied up on the visitors pontoon in the Olympiahafen Schilksee.
Wind turbines making their way up the Kiel Canal
Yachts leaving the Lock at Kiel-Holtenau. Jubilare the Arc boat we have been sailing with since Breskens is centre.
We’ve had great sailing in lovely weather; awful motor-sailing in horrendous seas and north winds, and gentle motoring along 50NM of canal waterways – its certainly not been boring!
We’ve eaten croissants in France, gouda in Holland and wurst in Germany, and drunk the local beer in all three Countries.
Now we have someone coming on board tomorrow to fix a niggly problem with the self steering, before we get the boat straight for our new crew member Keith, arriving on thursday.