Atlantic Circuit,  Northern Europe,  Sailing

Sailing through Germany

September 20-23, 2020

After our Kiel canal transit we entered Cuxhaven, where we had a nice dinner with fellow sailors, Marine and Bruno onboard Waterproof. It wasn’t a late night though as we where going to go up really early the day after to go with the tide out to the North Sea. We left Cuxhaven about 6 in the morning and got a nice current with us when starting sailing through Germany.

We sailed for a while in the morning but as there was barely no wind we started the engine after a while so that we would make it to Norderney. The harbor in Norderney is located on the inside of the island at with the tides and current and all we didn’t want to enter between the islands after sunset.

Our first sail on the North sea was very calm, barely no waves and very calm. It was sunny all day and life was good. We reached the entrance to Norderney a bit before sunset with almost at low tide, so we had to be careful navigating to not hit land. It was an amazing sunset and we where surprised to see so many people on the beach, haven’t seen this many people in a while.

We found a berth in the marina but the harbormaster was not there so we paid the day after. We took a walk into the town and ate a cheap pizza and where once again amazed that there where so many people out in the town.

The following day we first did some engine maintenance, which has worked well lately and not given us any more trouble so far. We really hope it stays that way, and in order to help it stay in shape we changed the oil and the oil filter.

Oil change to keep the engine happy.

After some work we went to buy some groceries, as we bought a lot of food before our departure we so far only need to buy fresh food, like meat, dairy and vegetables. This has been really nice so far as we don’t have to carry so much.

After all work was done it was time to explore Norderney, so we set out for a run to the beach.

A run to explore Norderney.

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Very nice beaches at Norderney, one of our stops when sailing through Germany.
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When we arrived to the beach we took off our shoes and walked along the beach in the waterline. We regretted not bringing our swimming clothes as it was very warm a swim would have been really nice.
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Trying out on of the “beach sofas”. We have seen them everywhere here in Germany.
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Long, wide beach.

After exploring we had a chill evening with some nice dinner and prepared for our departure to the Netherlands. As there was some pretty strong winds coming in over the North Sea we had decided to take the Fixed Mast Route through the Netherlands instead of sailing the North Sea.

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