Voyages of Lady Martina - 2016 season planned and then achieved

This section summarises the cruising completed for Lady Martina in 2016 and was evolved with constant updates and additions, which will be our intention for the 2017 season as well .  

  • Approaching the massive Ketelbrug and shelter
  • Through the Roggebotsluis after a day's delay
  • Glorious Sunset in Elburg Binnenhaven

Whilst plans were always subject to the weather, the serviceability of the vessel and health and well-being of the crew, this summarised our cruising intentions and acted as a guide for friends and family who we wanted to visit us at every opportunity as valued guests.

As our plans for individual cruises became more advanced, they had their own entry with all of the necessary details added as usual. The links took the reader to the details of each passage as they happened 

Section I Movement of Lady Martina from her home base of Horning via Great Yarmouth to Brundall for servicing at Brooms and then on to The Netherlands via Lowestoft in May (all successfully achieved)    for overview, see

Part 1. 30th April to 1st May Horning to Brundall see

Part 2. 15th May to 16th May Brundall to Lowestoft see

Part 3. 17th May Lowestoft to IJmeuden see

Part 4. 18th May IJmeuden to Amsterdam  see

Part 5. 20th May Return to England by air and 25th May ferry back to Amsterdam with car and dog Max!

Section IIa 'Waterland', North Holland: 26th May to 3rd June 2016; 15 days: A route out of Amsterdam from the Noorzeekanaal along the West Coast of the Markermeer, taking in the fascinating principal venues of Marken, Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland, Volendam, and Edam, in what is known as the Waterland region of North Holland; all former traditional coastal ports before the isolation of the meres from the sea. 

Part 1. 26th May Amsterdam  to Marken

Part 2. 28th May Marken to Monnickendam see

Part 2a. 29th May Monnickendam to Broek in Waterland by bicycle and back see

Part 3. 30th May Monnickendam to Volendam see

Part 4. 31st May Volendam to Edam see

Part 4a. 2nd June Lay Day in Edam

Section IIb North Holland: 3rd June to 10th June 2016; 15 days: The remaining venues in the region of North Holland including the former historic coastal harbours of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Medemblik there is much to see and learn about the past 'Golden Age' in Dutch history from its old port architecture and museums 

Leaving Edam, we cruise north to Hoorn and then through the Houtribdijk from the Marker meer to the IJsselmeer to stop shortly after at Enkhuizen and then around coast to Medemblik all former traditional coastal ports before the isolation of these waters from the sea. 

Part 1. 3rd June Edam to Hoorn  see

Part 2. 6th June Hoorn to Enkhuizen  see

Part 3. 9th June Enkhuisen to Medemblik see

After this we cross the IJsselmeer and land in Friesland for a whole new chapter in our journey log

Section III Friesland: 9th to 28th June 2016: 19 days; A route across the IJsselmeer and via either Makkum or Stevoren,  to Friesland a favourite cruising ground of mine; resembling, as it does, our home in the Norfolk Broads; both being lakes and meres being formed in the Middle Ages through 'Peat' or 'Turf' digging. Inland past Stavorum, across the Heeger-meer, past Sneek (with a possible detour to Joure) and the Snakermeer to Joure and then working our way back south inland to emerge back in the IJselmeer at Lemmer

Part 1. 10th June Medemblik to Hindeloopen see

Part 2. 12th June Hindeloopen to Stevoren see

Part 3. 13th June Stevoren to Workum see

Part 4. 15th June Workum to Makkum see

Part 5. 17th June Makkum to Bolsward see

Part 6.  19th June Bolsward to IJlst see

Part 7. 20th June IJst to Sneek see

Part 8.  23rd June Sneek to Grou see

Part 9.  24th June Grou via Accrum to Joure see

Part 10. 26th June Joure via Heeg to Sloten see

Part 11. 27th/28th June  Sloten to Sneek see

Part 12. 29th June Sneek to Lemmer see

Section III Flevoland and The Randmeren: 30th June to 10th July 2016: 11 days; A route via the IJsselmeer  to Urk and then via the Ketelmeer and randmeren to Elberg, Harderwijk, Spakenburg and then Naarden before emerging in the Randmeren for Muiden

Part 1. 30th June Lemmer to Urk see

Part 2. 2nd/3rd July Urk to Elburg see

Part 3. 5th July Elburg to Nijkerk see

Part 4. 6th July Nijkerk to Spakenberg see

Part 5. 8th July Spakenburg to Amsterdam via Naarden

Part 6. 9th July Amsterdam to Muiden see

Section IV Logistics of getting the car and dog back to England and then movement of Lady Martina back from The Netherlands to Norfolk via Lowestoft

This section describes the cruises that Lady Martina took around Amsterdam and the southern Markermeer positioning the boat for the convenience of our visitors and preparing for our trip home from the Netherlands to Norfolk

Nearby Markermeer and Nordzeekanaal venues such as Muiden and others provide interest and variety away from Amsterdam which, with its Airport and central station and nearby port of IJmuiden were needed for our complex departure and travel arrangements

Kathleen has by this time become very familiar with Lady Martina and capable as a crew and does not want the holiday to finish as she has been enjoying it so much. Upon arrival back in the Norfolk Broads, we cruised through Lowestoft and up to Beccles before taking Lady Martina to Brooms at Brundall, dropping off Innes and then leaving the boat there for the rest of the Summer and Autumn as illness struck the skipper and so the winter repairs and maintenance were brought forward. 

The work done, the weather and tides being right and the crew fit Lady Martina was brought home to her proper place alongside Heronshaw in Horning

Part 1 10th July Muiden to Amsterdam see

Part 2. 12th July Amsterdam to Zaanstad see

Part 3. 14th July Amsterdam to IJmuiden see

Part 4. 22nd July IJmuiden to Lowestoft see

Part 5. 23rd July Lowestoft to Beccles see

Part 6. 24th July Beccles to Brundall see

Part 7. 13th November Brundall to Horning see







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