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Cruising the French canals with a sailboat from the Mediterranean Sea to Schengen, Luxembourg
Here’s some facts and figures about our 30-day canal cruising thru France from The Mediterranean Sea to Schengen, Luxembourg.
Find below a map of our sailing route from Cuxhaven (Germany) to Cedeira (Galicia, Spain).
We took off from Cuxhaven, Germany, on the 16th July 2016 and arrived to Cedeira, Spain, 40 days later on the 25th of August 2016. The distance between these two locations (following the route we travelled) is 1171 nautical miles or 2108 km.
This stretch from Germany to north Spain includes world famous sailing challenges: the Elbe river delta, the shallow waters and sharp waves of the North Sea, the busy English Channel, strong currents that dictate your schedule near the French coast and finally – the Bay of Biscay known for its’ cross waves.
Looking back, I feel we get our fair share of each of these challenges. Continue reading
We were well prepared for the voyage: We were well rested and in good spirit. The weather for the crossing was well analyzed. We had plenty of food & drink onboard. We had tightened safety protocol in place, e.g. use of lifelines, a grab pack packed.
We were expecting dolphins, spinnaker wind, time to read and just be lazy. The deck shower was waiting for the sunbathers. Continue reading
This is a summary of the route we chose. It is not the fastest route to Kiel – it’s a tourist route. :) During this time we stopped for 13 days in Sweden to be with family. Continue reading
The Kiel canal is 61 nautical miles long and takes you from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea (or visa versa, of course) through two locks – one in each end. We took the canal in early July 2016 with a Vancouver 32 and spend two nights halfway through the canal in Rendsburg and one more at the Brunsbuttel lock. Continue reading
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