Friday 3rd June  Ref: 2016/9

After three great days in Edam, it was time to move on and our next port of call was to be Hoorn. Famous from its colonial past (with Cape Horn named after it), it is another of the former ports enclosed by the sea barriers in more recent times. 

  • Approaching Hoorn harbour from Markermeer
  • Moored up on open side of haven in Hoorn
  • Hoorn can get very busy in fine weather and the summer months

We stayed a day longer in Edam, mainly because we liked it a lot, but also because it was very windy and wild the day before and so it made more sense to move today, as we did not want to batten everything down. In fact, it was so still that the sea was like a millpond and the visibility was a problem, necessitating the use of radar, which was unexpected.

For some of the trip, I let Kathleen take the helm but I soon had to help her by cutting in the autopilot as I started playing my ukulele and getting some practice in at long last. As we approached Hoorn, a Dutch motor boat approached us on a coincident course and then insisted on undertaking us on the wrong side for good measure! He has a lot to learn about international collision regulations and boating etiquette..

We stopped for water on entry and then found moorings against the wooded and lawned section. We tied up in a good spot against the green area and in plenty of shade and had free electricity and a water tap nearby as well. I took Max for a good walk around;  but it had by now become a very warm and sunny day such that there were lots of people about. Even so, he was sociable and behaved well with other dogs.

Next, after a meal, Kathleen joined me for a walk around the waterfront in this old harbour and we bought and ate some nieuwe haring and also some kibbling as well as taking away good fish for our meal later. At the fish shop, the owner had a relationship with a tame heron, who was eating the fish heads and tails whole when she fed them to him (or her)

21-24degF, 82-74%RH, 1012mb pressure steady, misty (1nm viz max) , dry, calm with a light 1-4kn N/NEasterly breeze

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