The wide open inland lake, The Zwart Meere


Lady Martina  has left North Holland, cruising across the Markermeer to land first at Lelystad and then lock down 6 metres through the Noordersluis into the Flevoland polders. Taking the high bridge route along the Lage Vaart and emerging into the Ketelmeer, we spent the night in the Schokkerstrand regions whose museum chronicles their former life as an island community. Then the next day along the Ramsdiep and across the extensive open lake of Zwarte Meer, we have then turned North and moored at Giethoorn. This special place known as 'The Green Venice' is a totally water-based community like its Italian counterpart and we will have to launch our dinghies to tour its 'City'. You can see  Lady Martina Schedule of Voyages 2019 for day-by-day news of her latest adventures.

Our movements are still visible on the public AIS (Automatic Identification System) site free of charge. For our ever changing location  see Lady Martina's AIS position  

For information on the Broom Owners Club visit, and for information on the 'Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' (available this year as a 2nd Edition), visit For more information about David's life and times, visit and on the Cruising Association (for which David remains as its Honorary Local Representative for Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and The Broads) visit 

Thanks for reading :-)

May you always have Fair Winds and Favourable Tides ...

Giethoorn, Flevoland  Sunday 30th June 2019





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