Hello from Wangerooge. While I sit here and type, south-west winds about 6-7 bft are blowing, shaking Fine’s rigg.
It seems a bit, like some of the wind gods do want us to spend more time in each harbor. Well, they are not so wrong. For now, any of the harbors were better, than their description in the handbook. Might be time for an update of the book.
Finally we made a successful ‘passage’ from Horumersiel to Hooksiel. At the ‘Hooker Meer’ we found a nice berth in a well protected harbor. Nice but also completely cut off from any supplies.
The next day we startet early, to have enough time to get some diesel. Well, there is a petrol station, but the minimum buy are 100 liters – far beyond our capacities. So no diesel and only a quarter tank left – not so cool. The next option to get some fuel will be Norderney.
So good thing was, we had a perfect boom reach plus a strong tide pushing. So we ‘raced out’ of the jade with 8+ knots. The bad thing was, we were too fast – reaching the approach buoy to early so we had to lie to for 1,5 hours, to dare the passage through the sands.
With half tide coming, we went in. At the beginning some strong cross currents of 2 knots, at the ‘Riffgat’ 4 knots pushing. At the smallest point of the race, we had also massive turbulences where the water was pushing over a tidal wall. We kept straight to the buoys, which were at the beginning nowhere near the positions in the chart. Than a final curve into the harbor of Wangerooge.
At the entry, we were pushed out of the fairway, be boat leaving the harbor – Thank you 🙁 – resulting in a slight touch of ground. I’ve always asked myself when it would be for the time in these shallow waters – well here it was.
Wangerooge is really nice. The harbor is a bit remote, but you can take the local train to the ‘Town’. Quite touristic but in a nice way. A new generation of local people, is wiping off the dust of old school tourism.
At the harbor, it is very private with a friendly harbor master, who is really taking care for his herd 🙂
Looking a the weather predictions, we will stay one more day to let calm down the north sea again.
For tonight we prepare some Tapas. Well, it is really not so bad here 🙂