Today was a long day out. Came back from the easter frisian island Wangerooge. Forecasted wind (up to BF7) made me use the way thru the backyard. 65nm to Cuxhaven with no bunker station, and then another 45nm to Hamburg. Part of the trip was passing sands, banks and bars, strong currents and many wrecks. Fortunately great visibility today - some buoys not in place, perches missing, do not dare to think about this in a fog or rain...
Thanks to good planning all the way with the tide, over 7 hours from departure to arrival including a break. 't was not a day for wind against tide today.
We were passing the container vessel "Flaminia", the one that caugth fire in the atlantic. Now it is in Wilhelmshaven for, well, discharge and then presumably scrapping.
Yesterday we rib'ed from the island Neuwerk to Wangerooge. Neuwerk is a mud-hole as can be seen in the picture. However, still home to the ghost of our famous pirate Klaus Störtebeker.
It was a safe trip due to good planning and equipment - newest charts, Parker Rib, Ursuits, Geckos and Maui Jim's mastered the elements, and sufficient food mastered the beast inside.
The Parker did well. Mainly one possibility for improvement - bigger tank:-)