Thursday December 19. Flying to Holland on January 8th

Written by Jack van Ommen on December 19th, 2013

I booked my flight today on Ryan Air. I will arrive at 18.30 in Eindhoven on the 8th of January. The air fare was all of € 26.55….A taxi from here to the airport would probably be close to this air fare.

Being here in the apartment of Joakim and Victoria has turned out to be such a great help in getting on with my writing projects. I now have continuous access to the internet. I am still working on reconstructing my 9 years voyage. Without my log book I have to check dates from my pictures and my blogs since June 2009, and they can only be accessed with an internet connection.

This is what the 9 years voyage adds up to:

COUNTRIES visited:  50    LOCKS:   421   NAUTICAL MILES: 47,843 (of which 4,033 on European inland waterways and 1,500 on the I.C.W.)

This distance converts to 88.605 KM and 55,056 Statute Miles.

The circumference of the earth at the Equator is 21,600 Nautical Miles which means that “Fleetwood” covered a distance of nearly 2 ¼ times the earth’s circumference, or ¼ of the distance to the Moon. All was done single handed with the exception of the 1,750 miles between the Azores and Amsterdam, 120 miles on the I.C.W. in 2008 and 250 miles on the Meuse and IJssel in 2012.

I can probably claim a record distance for s/h navigating on the European inland water system.

I received a commission, yesterday, to write my story of the shipwreck for the most read Dutch sailing monthly, so, that is my priority.

 

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