July 6th, 2010

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July 7 Enkhuizen. Holland WC soccer wins again, finals on Sunday

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Another breezy sail for the wind from Hoorn to Enkhuizen. The first experience for the McDonnells going throug the locks.The weather has been great but cooler than last week. We strolled throug the beautiful historic sea town and stopped to admire Astrid’s new bakery.” ‘t Spelthuys”  www.spelthuys.nl Astrid and I met in French Polynesia when she was first mate on the Schooner Brig “Soeren Larsen”. http://cometosea.us/albums/albums/SoerenLarsen/ You just have to come to Enkhuizen yourself and see her shop and taste her pastries and bread.

Another exciting game Holland against Uruguay. Amazing on how a country like Uruguay with a 3 1/2 million population could come this far in the World Cup.  This evening we will find out which of the two, Spain or Germany will have the honor to join Holland on Sunday in the final.

This morning we will visit  the Zuiderzee Museum and then we will keep going to either Medemblik or the (former)  island of Urk where my grandparents were married in 1900.

July 6th Cruising the Ijselmeer with Jeannine and Gabrielle

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Jeannine just told me that she is staying in Holland for the rest of her life. We”ll see. But I take it that it means that all the efforts to make this happen will be worth it. Karolien and Herman came to get us at the Airport on Sunday morning. Two tired travellers had a good rest on the boat in Monnickendam and we set out on Monday morning to make stops at Marken and Volendam and then had a windy sail to Hoorn. Double reefed. It is another beautiful early morning in the inner harbor of Hoorn. Jeannine is thrilled to see the sun reflect the old gabled houses in the harbor’s water. We are rafted three deep. Two young Dutchmen and a British couple, David and Jane who had us over for cocktails. We will explore the town center this morning and then sail to Enkhuizen. This evening the semi final for Holland and Uruguay.

No pictures. The wireless is too slow.