Dutch canals – Amsterdam to Buinesse

After a summer of ocean sailing, the “stand mast” canal crew, Janet, Larry, Ron, Ken, and Kristine, joined the Grateful Red and motored with her 62 foot mast upright from Ijmuiden ”the harbor of Amsterdam” through Holland, over the six lane highway with a stop in Leiden, and finally to Bruinesse, Netherlands for the winter season.

Ijmuiden Marina at Amsterdam

While Ken returned stateside, Kristine “maintained” the boat. The marina experienced Force 10 wind, more than sixty miles an hour, in the harbor. Jenica and Shelley came to visit the boat and Gerhardt\’s in Amsterdam for a wine tasting.

Oslo to Amsterdam

Crew of Wendell, Dan, Hannah, Ken and Kristine sailed back from Oslo. Included was a stop and inspection by the Dutch Coast guard, all papers were in order. The only problem was no diesel; spent an evening in the drift mode. With Hannah at the wheel the wind returned and the crew arrived back at Ijmuiden.