All of 15.2 miles, set off at 1pm, through Kornwarderzand
Sluis and 2 bridges, which we called on VHF 18
Weather was good, shorts weather and a good down wind sail,
through these lock and bridges into the North sea,
back in to tidal waters and salt water. 3 Marinas to choose from, then we
find that one has a depth of over 2 metres which we both need, so they pass us
through the bridge and while waiting for the lock, immigration beckon us to the
side, so we have to moor against the wall in a 20 knot wind.. quite a hard
task. We had to go and get passports from our safe and show the papers
and once we were cleared we could go through to the marina.
Along side a wall again, but a 1.5 – 2 metres tide, so
had to do the lines differently a few attempts to get this right.
Got dolled up for the first time during this sailing trip
and went out for a nice meal to celebrate 8 years of wedded bliss. Next
day was a Dutch holiday and there were street parties, bands playing
everywhere, very entertaining.
We had 2 nights in Harlingen
as we waited for a weather window to ease from 20knots to go around the Frisian
Islands and into Germany and
a 22 hours journey into the night, so we treated Kaikoura to a lovely Chinese
meal as a send off and a good bye to Holland and
here to Germany.