Sailing in Friesland

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I was even allowed to sail the boat!

Three days ago, right before I left my apartment to go to Kennedy Airport to fly to Europe I receive an email from Arnoud and Wynanda inviting me to come over to the province of Friesland to join them and their kids, Douwe and Nynke, on their sailing yacht.

Friesland is (considering water and land) the largest but least crowded province of the Netherlands. It consists mainly of meadows surrounded by lakes, canals, ponds, and rivers. The province has many very picturesque villages. It is always a pleasure visiting Friesland.

I accepted the offer with lots of enthusiasm. We had agreed to meet at 10:00 am (a challenge with a jetlag) in the village of Workum, the home harbor of their Yacht. I arrived at 9:57 am and could find a perfect parking spot very close to the locks where we should meet. The moment I arrived at the locks Arnoud, Wynanda and the kids were just entering the locks.

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A perfect timing! And a nice re-union: the last time I saw them was 5 weeks ago in New York... (see here).

We headed for the IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel), the largest lake in Western Europe. There was a lot of wind so we sailed just using the jib sail. We headed south for the village of Stavoren where we cleared the Johan Frieso Locks. After that we took a 25-kilomter long track through many lakes and canals, partly using the ship's diesel motor, partly sailing. I enjoyed the nice views on the meadows, lakes, and huge fields of cane.

After having docked, back in Workum we had a simple but delicious dinner in the beautiful center of Workum. I had been in Workum several times but for some reason it looked much different, more beautiful, than ever. It must be the influence of living between the skyscrapers. I behaved like a real tourist, taking pictures of everything.

Arnoud and Wynanda. Thank you very much for this really nice day!

More pictures below!

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On my way to the lock
On my way to the lock
Just before the lock
Just before the lock
My yacht is arriving
"My" yacht is arriving
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Workum, just before the locks
The vastness of Lake IJssel
The vastness of Lake IJssel
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I was even allowed to sail the bo…
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The route we took back to Workum, …
The route we took back to Workum,…
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photo by: mdalamers