Monday, 4 August 2014

To Edam

Molly Cobbler
Yesterday evening Bryony Sharpen joined us in Amsterdam and we motored down the canal, through a lock and bridge to the Markermeer, which is a lake more than 10 miles wide and is the southern portion of the old Zuider Zee.

We anchored for the night off the little harbour of Durgerdam. This morning was bright and sunny and we started the day with a swim in the lake.

There was a briefing ashore where it became clear that there would be some kind of organised sail round several buoys to Edam. The exact details were and remained rather obscure. However all the boats had a excellent sail in bright sunshine, a welcome relief after days in the canals.

The pictures show Molly Cobbler with Mary Gibbs in charge, and Kajan, another East Coast boat owned by Yvonne Mitchell.

The third picture shows the crew enjoying the sail with a good many gaffers trailing astern
Bryony, Allan, Alice and Dave

The fourth picture shows the little Step Back In Time, built and sailed by Tony Kiddle, which he has trailed over from Grimsby.

We are now in Edam, where our convoluted efforts in mooring up in the compact harbour  were noticed by all.

After supper and communal singing there was a hilarious prizegiving by the irrepressible Rik Janssen.

Everyone got typical Dutch prizes - apparently regardless of how well they had done that day.

We got some real filter coffee which will no doubt raise standards aboard.
Step Back In Time
Rik Janssen awards the prizes

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