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Dokkum to Akkrum
After the Raid Extreme I wanted to sail Hatseflats from Dokkum to Akkrum, the starting place for the 2023 Dorestad Raid organized by
Since the predictions were for E2-3 I planned to sail the entire distance in a single day.
Around 50km, split evenly in the parts Dokkum-Leeuwarden and Leeuwarden-Dokkum.
It should be possible if I could average between 2.5 and 3 kn.
The planned route was:
- Dokkumer Ee to Bartlehiem
- along the Alddeel towards the Himpensenser Wielen at the east end of Leeuwarden
- past the Langedeel Aquaduct towards Wergea
- along the Eagumerdjip towards Grou
- across the Pikmeer to Nes and finally Akkrum
Tuesday 5 September
I hoisted sail at 0915 and turned into the Dokkumer Ee.
It was still not too hot and there was just enough wind for broad reaching.
After Birdaard I crossed our neighbours Peter and Sylvia who motored their big cat towards Dokkum.
It was slow going.
When I reached Bartlehiem I took a photo as a reminder of its tranquil beauty.
By now I was running behind schedule.
Instead of Akkrum I was now hoping to make it as far as Grou.
I briefly tacked up the Alddeel but soon gave up, because rowing would be quicker.
Around 1530 hours I reached the outskirts of Leeuwarden.
The Alddeel was too narrow for rowing but once I got to the Himpenser Wielen I was able to sail again.
I skirted Wergea and sailed side by side with a classic Swedish wooden yacht for awhile.
After the Tutsebrege I was on my own again.
At 1915 hours I moored at the Leechlan boatyard near the Pomprak and put up my little tent on deck.
I enjoyed my meal of chicken satay, rice and salad and went to bed.
Wednesday 6 September
The night was not too hot so I slept well.
In the morning I took it easy and resumed my trip around 1030.
Soon I rowed through Grou, crossed the Prinses Margrietkanaal and raised sail on the Pikmeer.
There was enough wind for some glorious sailing.
I passed the Bokkumer Mar, reached Nes via the Nesker Sylroede and passed the Leppe Aquaduct towards Akkrum.
Before Akkrum I switched to rowing again.
The railway bridge opened for me so I quickly made my way through Akkrum only to forget to turn into the Meinesleat.
When I realised I was rowing up the Kromme Knilles back to Grou I quickly corrected my mistake, got back on the Meinesleat and moored at the Drijfveer around 1330 hours.
Sailing on the Dokkumer Ee.
Crossing the big cat of my neighbours.
Tranquil and beautiful Bartleheim
Preparing Hatseflats for the night.
Arrived in Akkrum.