To the Netherlands aboard Emmelène

I plan to sail to the Netherlands again this summer.

Last summer I enjoyed some relaxed sailing around the Solent in tandem with Chris Boxer aboard Emmelène, his split-rigged Coromandel. My health was (and still is) very limited by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I spent what little energy I had on sailing rather than recording all my adventures and blogging. Sorry about that!

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Chris explained that he’d very much like to sail Emmelène to the Netherlands, as I did in 2015, and asked if I’d be able to sail in tandem with Tammy Norie. I had to decline: I have to spend an average of 16 hours per day asleep, keeping me from making solo voyages. However, I felt I could go along with Chris aboard Emmelène as mate, to keep an eye on him and help him with any trouble. And so we hatched a plan.

Unfortunately, the summer of 2018 was almost windless.

But we’ve revived the plan for this year. If there’s any wind at all, we’ll be sailing from the Solent to the Netherlands between 2019-07-15 and 2019-07-28. Our goal is to deliver Emmelène to Lauwersoog, home of Marco and his Wharram catermaran Stern with whom I sailed on my last trip. Emmelène will stay there until next year, when perhaps Chris will take her in to the Baltic.

Maybe by then I’ll be able to catch her up in Tammy Norie, or set off in an entirely different direction. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’m hoping to visit a number of old friends along the way. Let us know if you’d like to meet up!

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2 responses to “To the Netherlands aboard Emmelène

  1. Antoine Maartens

    That might work out very nicely. I’ll be away from the 27th of July. ‘Ample’ time before then. Lauwersoog would be a great place for all sort of outings. Let’s keep in touch! Looking forward to meet you (and Chris of course!) again.

  2. Arrived! Dover to Scheveningen in 30h exactly, 135NM (250km) plus some wiggles, so 4.5 knots on average in consistent F5-6 winds. Pretty good going for almost the smallest boat in the harbour. Emmelène sailed perfectly, and we got Chris’ Hebridean (named “Edna”) working pretty well, except in rolling following seas where she gets a bit dizzy. Chris stayed awake for 24h, exhilarated by the journey, so I got plenty of rest.

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