North Sea | Elbe River | Germany | Cuxhaven | Artemis moored in Cuxhaven Yacht Club Marina
April 28, 2013
Hi Everyone, We enjoyed our short stay in Cuxhaven, Germany. Some neat buildings, lots of pedestrian/bicycle walkways and we keep noting how squeaky clean everything is. Great supermarkets and boat chandlery. We found a boat hook type tool that when clamped onto a mooring ball it feeds the line through the ring. We followed the locals into a cafeteria style restaurant/butcher for lunch. I had a yummy hearty bowl of soup/bread and had his first Wiener Schnitzel in Germany. Now he's looking for Sauerbraten and pork shank like in Bulgaria:-)
North Sea | River Elbe | Germany | Brunsbuttel | Kiel Canal| Artemis in Brunsbuttel Locks
Saturday We left Cuxhaven and sailed 18nm up the River Elbe to Brunsbuttel where you enter the Kiel Kanal known as Nord-Ostsee Kanal in Germany. This canal is about 100km and connects the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. We left earlier than planned as we wanted to arrive in Rendsburg before dark. No problems the locks were open and waiting for us so we could head straight in. We were out and on our way in 15 minutes. We were able to motor sail part of the way. Lots of ship traffic in both directions and car ferries darting across. Other than that we just watched the walkers and bicyclist along the canal, cows, horses and sheep.
Germany | Kiel Canal | Redsburg High Bridge | Schwebefahre (hanging ferry)
Most interesting was the trolley car hanging ferry running on a track beneath the railway bridge near Rendsburg. Looked like a funicular but carried cars.
Germany | Kiel Canal | Rendsburg | Artemis in marina box mooring
We arrived at Rendsburg, Germany about 1930 (about 36nm). It was our first time using a BOX type mooring. You drive between two pilings and drop a looped rope on the windward piling. There's a hook on the piling that catches the line so it doesn't drop to water level. Unfortunately I missed the hook so we had to deal with getting it up onto the hook later after we had tied off the bow. The harbor had an extra long wooden boat hook that did the trick:-)
Germany | Kiel Canal | Rendsburg | Marienkirche
Sunday We enjoyed a brisk but sunny day on land:-) We walked the "Blue Line" to visit 30 different sights in Rendsburg. Some neat buildings, pedestrian/bike trails and parks. We visited two old churches St. Marienkirche 1287, and Christkirche, built in 1694 by order of Christian V the king of Denmark. We went to mass at St. Vincint a very modern USA type church. The Cultural Center is housed in the old Military Arsenal and had two museums, Historical Museum of Rendsburg (Danish for many years) and a Printing museum with old printing presses and typesets. Rendsburg has been a military town since 1690 when it became a fortress. Today two units of the Bundeswehr (contemporary German army) are stationed here.
Heading out of the Kiel Kanal tomorrow. We don't plan to visit Kiel as we will be there in August when we fly home and again in September when we return. We'll head east with whatever weather we get. Perhaps the Fehmarn area. We want to spend a few days in Travemunde so we can take a train to visit Lubeck. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
April 25, 2013
Hi Everyone, We left Levington UK from Suffolk Yacht Harbor Tuesday 0600 and traveled across the English Channel and outside the Frisian Islands. It took about 54 hours arriving in Cuxhaven Yacht Harbor Thursday 1230. We had an uneventful but cold passage. The wind we anticipated never occurred so we only sailed 10 hours and motor sailed or motored the rest:-(
Fortunately "The Sally Heater" kept us plenty warm. Al installed a Heatercraft cabin heater this spring so it was cozy down below. Tuesday evening was clear and bright moon until early morning fog set in as we approached Den Helder, Netherlands. The winds picked up and the fog lifted. We were boarded by Netherlands Customs off the Island of Vlieland but no paperwork because we were not stopping. We had a misty evening with some fog (.5-1nm visibility) through