At the end of September, it was time for the last sailing weekend with nice weather: the introweekend! Six new members and six “old” members set sail to Akkrum, Friesland. The train ride was a long and hefty one: many transfers and busy trains. Eventually, we got to the beautiful station of Akkrum where we were a little too early, so the group leaders had to figure something out to keep us busy in the meantime. We had to walk to the city center of Akkrum without using our phones or any maps. We had to follow our intuition. It did not take that long before we figured that our intuitions suck, and we ended up in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, we got to the center after all. 

 

When we arrived at the boats, a little outside of Akkrum, Kilian had some warm soup for us to recharge from the trip. Super nice! We were then split up in teams to set sail to the harbor we were going to spend the night. We were given a map and some preparation time to figure out the way we had to go. It did not take long before we were on our way, confident as ever. Once again, our confidence was damaged, since we went the wrong way, and again, and again… and again. Eventually we were going into somewhat the right direction and kept on navigating straight ahaid… At one moment, our skipper told us we would see the coast of England if we kept on like this, so we returned. Finally, we made it to the harbor were chips and Klonkies (beer) was waiting for us. We drank some beer and had some snacks and good talks before going to sleep in the boats. 

 

The next day, we opted to go for an early breakfast. Helas, this was too ambitious. We stayed out too late the night before, so we needed our sleep. After a nice breakfast and some coffee, we were on our way to the Sneekermeer (Snitser Mar). The wind was not too bad, so we could practice some sailing wich was nice. We had lunch on one of the cute little islands situated in the lake and continued sailing. It was still unclear if we were going to stay in a harbor for the second night or stay on one of the islands. For a luxepoes (luxury pussy in Dutch) like me, this would have been a challenge to say the least ;-) So I was really glad to hear that we could go to Terherne to stay in the harbor there. 

 

In Terherne we did a small walk around the village. Little did I know that a famous Dutch film has been made here: de Kameleon. The whole town was filled with Kameleon references, which was nice to see. After a nice meal we had another few Klonkies before going to bed (this time a little earlier ;)).

 

While I was sleeping in the boat, I was suddenly awakened by an immensely loud noise. It seemed as if the boats were rocking because of the sound waves it produced. I was scared at first, thinking the boat might break or something would go wrong. After a while I figured it was actually someone snoring a few boats away. As of today, it remains a mystery who produced such loud sounds… 

 

On the second and last day, we trained a little more. I got to practice my ‘gijping’ skills and learned more about the directions of the wind. We went around the lake for a long time and I got to witness some more training on ‘man overboord’. Merel did a great job getting the man back in! At the end of the weekend, she was awarded with this by becoming a skipper herself! Congratulations!! We left Akkrum in the train fulfilled, with new memories and more experience on the boat. Thanks to all that were involved in organizing this weekend, it was great!

- Robbert