We had rain for most of the night and a light wind from behind which caused a slap on the aft hull making sleeping difficult for Wendy who migrated to the saloon in search of peace.
Our stay in Rendsburg had to end, it is a delightful haven with a very nice town very close by…lovely shops, clean leafy streets and a superb supermarket - Eneka - just half a mile away. Berth for just twenty one euros, including electricity and water it was stunning value.
The ex dutch royal yacht (new chums John and Anne) had left an hour before us and we motored off into the canal proper to find a large container ship coming up behind going faster than us. I pulled over and waited for her to pass and then continued on our 20nm passage to Holtenau where the lock was open, the container ship had just moored up inside and the yachts were told to go in and join her. We did not have to wait a minute and were followed in by the dutch royal yacht before the gate slid across - just visible in the pictures. Jammy doughnuts they called us!
After about 20 minutes of undetectable movement the gate opened and we were casting off to get out before the ship engaged her propeller, then out into the Baltic. |sadly a bit grey and damp but hey-ho you can't have everything. 20 days from leaving home and we are in fresh water without tides or currents to navigate with…will we cope…to quote a friend "Ishacoco" !
It is cool so the heating is still on but the decks have dried and we are tied up in an immaculate, modern, spacious and quiet marina with everything included for €25 a night - about half the price of the South Coast.
Now which way do we go next? John and Jenny are offering suggestions, Nicholas has proposed a Hanseatic route and the ex royal yacht, otherwise known as "Wave of Burnham", are off north through the Danish islands to Copenhagen. I guess the wind will decide, but none is forecast!!