Terschelling 53:21.922N 005:13.505E

Frans & Sarah Toonen
Fri 12 May 2017 19:00
Friday 12th May 2017. 37.5nm. 0.6 engine hours. SE4 with rain showers.

Timing is everything to catch the favourable tide to Terschelling. The current can make a good contribution through the narrow channels in the sand banks of the Wadden Sea - setting of the famous 'Riddle of the Sands’. Frans was determined to sail the whole way after so much motoring so far this season and he achieved it. His only disappointment was that Pa and Ma did not stand out in the rain at the harbour entrance to await our arrival.

We caught up with nearly all the Toonens as not only were Pa, Ma, Auntie Ans and Frans’s sister Wilma, with her family, and sister Dorien there but Chris, Jennifer, Joseph and grandbaby William arrived on Saturday. This was William’s first trip abroad and to the seaside and although he won’t remember there are probably 1000 photos to remind him. No entertainment other than William was required and we had to take turns cuddling him.

Our 12 days were filled with cycling, walking on the beach, bird spotting, eating and drinking - your usual Terschelling holiday. Hardly a drop of rain fell which was a treat as we had to cycle up and down the island to join the landlubber family members each day.

We had mixed feelings leaving Terschelling of course but were looking forward to seeing Janice and Debbie in Germany. They are travelling from Bristol to Brunsbüttel using five modes of transport to reach us for 10 days. Neither have sailed before but they are game birds. Janice came with us through the Caledonian Canal a few years ago but that doesn’t count.

Golf Dutch style - followed by chips and frikandel

Baby on board

Traditional dinner at De Drie Grapen - Ma and Pa’s favourite of 56 years+

First paddle just as his Mummy did before him