With a big upgrade as a new bow thruster and toilets ??
Time for some freshness
And the answer is YES!!!!
One Tonic, two months at sea, three times we almost lost the mast. Four awesome crew members (r five, or three), five islands on which we stopped on the way. Six knots of average speed, seven whales that we saw. Dozens of watched movies, hundreds of adventures, thousands of nautical miles.
8000 nautical miles, to be precise.
The last day was peaceful. Almost as if the sea new that we had lived through so much and wanted us to have a smooth finish. The blurry horizon begun to sharpen and familiar faces started to appear on the dock. Aha! Looks like they’re waiting with a party!
Sailing the Atlantic is not an easy endevour and having done it makes us proud, invincible even.
I’m on top of the world!
Life goes on 😉
We left Kiel well provisioned in fuel for the humans (yes, of course I mean beer!) and for the boat, which was surprisingly difficult to find and we were actually facing the danger of spending the whole weekend looking for an open gas station, but Alf, the newest crew member, proved himself worthy and together with Agata (who had already proven herself worthy plenty a time) made the diesel-searching mission a success. Oh, it’s such a good feeling when small things make you happy 😀
With strong wind and choppy sea pushing us towards the Danish islands, some of the crew needed to harden their stomach but the short stay on Anhalt helped Alf get over the sea sickness. Consider yourself sea-baptized 😉
And what a trip that has been!
We were motoring our way to Kiel full of mixed feelings – Piotr and I were about to leave Tonic, Nils and Agata a few days before the end of the cruise, but on the other hand this was the closest we had been to home for a very long time.
We all put our warm and cozy rescue suits on, as the weather wasn’t very generous, and we were making the most out of the last few hours together. Passing through locks, driving along the canals, admiring the peaceful and luscious green scenery we came closer and closer until we found our way to some dock in the Kiel marina.
A friend of Nils’, Alf, had already been waiting to fill in for the two missing crew members. We grabbed our backpacks, gave a few good hugs and went on our way.
Thank you Nils, for giving us the adventure of a lifetime and some valuable lessons. Thank you Agata, for being a great friend, listener and . Thank you Tonic, for carrying us and being a strong and trustworthy, however moody, companion.
We went from Amsterdam to Kiel, Germany, to drop of two of the crew members Hanna and Peter. Now they’re heading back home to Poland after a long trip. I’m grateful for the help and for amazing company all the way from Caribbean.
Now were welcoming a new crewmember, Alf, that will join us back home to Sweden and Agata will be with us to the very end of this journey.
It was hard to say goodbye to Amsterdam, but our next destinations are calling and, after all, we did want to see that canal and lock in day light.
Our lovely marina in the heart of Amsterdam ? just a short walk from the best bars 😉
After a fun night and fun day of walking around the little streets and along the canals of Amsterdam and a lot of bar hopping, we packed ourselves back onto the boat and left just before 6 pm. The lock was so much easier now that we could see it!
The sea has treated us well, the night was calm, and during the day we were exterminating hundreds of flies, maneuvering between the famous Dutch windmill farms (unfortunately not the rural romantic ones…) and making pizza for our last dinner together.
It was midnight.
The mesmerizing lights were coming from everywhere. We were just about to enter the promised land, but which light should we follow?
Well, ok, the reality was less dreamy than that – we were standing in front of the lock that would take us to the Amsterdam canal and had no idea where the entrance was. It’s really hard to figure out with some many lights and neons, you know?
We finally managed to find our way, leveled down about 20 centimeters to the Netherlands altitude 😉 and followed the canal all the way to a cozy marina right in the heart of Amsterdam.
Whoohoo! Let’s hit the town!