Category: The Netherlands

Pikmar (Grou)


When you have a lifting keel (centreboard) make the most of it and visit the places that most boats can’t get to due to the shallow depths, this for us meant taking the small side canal to Sloten – the smallest city in the… Continue Reading “Sloten”


Heading to Lemmer across the IJsselmeer we knew this would be our last chance to sail in The Netherlands as the remainder of our time would be once again in the canals before popping out into the north sea to Germany, and it was… Continue Reading “Lemmer”


Strong winds on the meer today sailing from Hoorn to Enkhuizen gusting to 25knots so a quick sail and lots of boats out and about (this being the last day of the long weekend). There is a lock to pass through separating the Markermeer… Continue Reading “Enkhuizen”


Nice to be back out onto a meer (big enough to sail in) rather than the canals, and up with sails Red Roo took the breeze with a lovely sail across to Hoorn. Having spent the majority of the day cycling back and forth… Continue Reading “Hoorn”


Easter weekend and the Easter Bunny visited Red Roo TWICE!  Saturday morning the captain awoke to find some chocolates left by fore mentioned bunny which apparently was a day early and therefore the captain voiced his expectation that he would also come again Sunday… Continue Reading “Volendam”


We are not in Roxby Downs anymore . . . talk about an eye opener for the innocent Tasmanian (Phil having visited before in his youth – a much more exciting visit for him then I am sure!). Such a mix of pace, people,… Continue Reading “Amsterdam”


Talk about excitement . . we were coming through the lifting bridges into the city (about 6 of them), and no doubt keeping all the locals entertained with my very Aussie/Western accent getting tongue tied trying to pronounce the bridge names over the VHF… Continue Reading “Haarlem”

Lisse & Keukenhof

Feeling very fresh and floral thanks to the Royal Flora Market we were keen to stop at Lisse and visit Keukenhof – Hollands other amazing flora spectacular, in-fact one of the worlds largest flower gardens (also sometimes called the Garden of Europe).  According to… Continue Reading “Lisse & Keukenhof”

Westeinderplassen & Royal Flora Holland

We had an island to ourselves again 🙂 we could sure get used to this. Very shallow water (down to 1.2m at times) in the Westeinderplassen, so shallow in-fact that we eventually caved in and turned off the instruments, namely the depth gauge and… Continue Reading “Westeinderplassen & Royal Flora Holland”