Archive for May, 2013

Big Brother is watching – (Little Sister too)

   From holland  The 30 odd mile trip north from Amsterdam to Eknhuizen certainly blew the city dust out of our hair . Beating into 25 knots is what Festina revels in , but her crew  are getting soft in their old age and were fairly relieved to put the anchor down ( and the […]

A Soggy Sojourn

http:// From Amsterdam in the rain It is somewhat ironic that the finest old merchants houses in the very centre of Amsterdam now overlook tourism at its tackiest – especially at 0800 when the streets are  piled high with left over junk food from the night before. We were en route for the recently reopened […]

Going Dutch

In these days of (relatively ) accurate weather forecasting , the art of sailing somewhere is to time the passage to when the winds are in your favour – and we seem to  have got this fairly  spot on so far this trip. Lo and behold , after 24 hours at anchor in the Walton […]

Summer is a Comin’ in – but no cuckoo yet !

It’s summer ( or at  its mid May so it ought to be) ; time to go a wandering. We had planned Mon 14th  as our departure date , but  much to our relief a nasty little low chose this time to come whizzing up the channel ; I had as ever underestimated the time […]