18 Jun Sailing to Kiel!
18 June 2022
Sailing to Kiel!
‘Nothing but respect for our captain Jan, who knew exactly where to find the entrance to the Brunsbüttel locks at night, on a busy Elbe. Securing is done in no time, as it is only 30 cm difference in height. However, the payment took a little longer. Finally, with Julia back on board, we could leave the lock again.’
The white shift, including myself, could go to bed around half past three. Jenny, the first officer, allowed us to get out again at 5 o’clock, when we continued sailing through the North-East Canal. I decided to get some extra hours of sleep! It is special to sail on a Canal with Tall Ship Oosterschelde, while you hear the birds chirping. Also impressive, is the 1913 bridge near Rendsburg, one of the eight left in the world, and this one still works! A gondola floats under the grand steel structure and serves as a ferry connection between the two banks. Very impressive!
After 100 kilometers of Canal we arrive at the lock to the Kieler fjord and the Baltic Sea. Yes, we have wind! So all sails on it and enjoy. We go skewed on this beautiful and busy water. A hundred small sailing boats in a race on the one hand and container ships on the other, everything is on the water. Again a nice piece of helmsmanship and after a few days of team building it’s about going stag like a well-oiled machine. On to Kiel, where we enjoy a delicious barbecue at the end. See you next time!’