With the self steering almost complete, it’s time to plan my summer cruise — to the Netherlands. I have plenty of reasons to go there — several sets of friends, islands, inland waterways, lovely people, and cheese — but also, Antoine Maartens (often seen commenting on this blog) is stepping the past of his Coromandel Siksin this weekend. Siskin and Tammy Norie will meet. Sister ships and birds together.
I’m hoping to make about 45 nautical miles per day on the prevailing westerlies, with overnight stops in ports. I was making 40 to 50 NM days last summer without too much difficulty. Of course it will all depend on conditions. I might get ambitious and try a longer leg while sleeping on self steering, but I’m not keen to do that in the English Channel, still the worlds busiest seaway with over 500 ships per day.
Here’s my outline passage plan:
- Fareham to Brighton
- Brighton to Rye
- Rye to Calais
- Calais to Ostend
- Ostend to the Rhine delta
At this point I’m in the Netherlands. Since the coast between Rotterdam and IJmuiden looks quite boring, I’m interested in trying the inland waterways to get to Amsterdam via Leiden. Then it’s around the corner to Edam to meet Antoine on Siskin, and off across the inland Markermeer and IJsselmeer to the Waddenzee, and the islands of Frisia, with no fixed plan.
I need to be back at work before the beginning of September, when my Swedish clients kick off their new work year. My plans for returning are not fixed, but roughly in order of preference, they are:
- Passage from Den Helder to Ipswich (140NM) or Lowestoft (115NM).
- Leave Tammy Norie in the Netherlands.
- Sail back to Fareham.
The long passage, done solo, would be a good warm-up for the Jester Azores Challenge 2016.
I’ll set out this coming weekend, as soon as conditions are favourable.
If you’d like to join me for any part of the journey, or meet me somewhere, please let me know!