Since our last blogpost, 10 days ago, we have been quite busy 'socially '. During the year we every now and then meet people we know, either from long ago before our 'Onbekommerd ' days or those we met 'en route' during previous trips. But the last 10 days have been busy in this respect and we have enjoyed it a lot!
After leaving our quiet spot on the island in the Lauwersmeer, we went to an equally quiet place between Eernewald and Grou. Here our friends Hans and Jet joined us for a chicken on the Cobb. They both are friends from my university days (and I was a witness at their wedding), so we go back a long time and still enjoy meeting up.
Next was a quick stop in Grou, where our Valk Yachts Club friends John and Louise and Anna and Johan joined us for coffee.
The same day we continued to Sneek. We met Rob and Nienke last year in Surwold, on the Küstenkanal. We were both on our way to the Baltic. They live on a typically Sneek location:
They invited us for dinner and had 'reserved' a mooring in front of their house.
The next day we together went to an island in the Gaastmeer, where Jan Dirk and Dorinne, whom we also met in Surwold last year, joined us. We had a Cobb session together on the swimming platform of Rob and Nienke's boat.
Lyn and I both had a sail in Jan Dirk's 12 foot dinghy. We worked out that this was our first sail in about 15 years but we both still knew 'the ropes'.
Then we had a night in Workum on our own and the next day in Hindeloopen we met Herman and Estelle, ex South Africans whom we met in Vlieland a few years ago.
In Hindeloopen we also had our annual 'fix' of cooked mussels.
Herman and Estelle had just come from Medemblik, and told us that there was a big regatta on there, with South Africans competing. Some searching on the internet showed that this was the Laser Radial Youth Worlds and the daughter of friends of us was competing. We found out that her parents and older brother were also there so a trip to Medemblik was quickly planned and we enjoyed seeing Mike, Gill, Brennan and competitor Michaela.
We watched the racing from Onbekommerd for two days, which was great fun. These big international youth events are unbelievable, some 300 very capable 'kids' (under 19) from almost 50 countries!