update: rowing home from Germany - 200 kms
Updated: Nov 8
Today we decided to have a different kind of training. We drove to Bijland, near the German border and launched Maria there. From Bijland we are rowing to Rotterdam, where we go out to sea, row to Amsterdam and return home. Approximately 300 kms. Before we departed I got in the water (boosted my immune system), adjusted the rudder lines and off we went.
Here is some footage during our trip, while approaching Nijmegen.
Meanwhile the sun is setting and temperature is dropping fast. It's going to be a chilly night.
Thanks to a rearview mirror we won't miss anything that is coming towards us and as it is a busy shipping route we will be extra alert. In that sense, rowing at sea or even better at the ocean, will be a breeze compared to this route.
That's it for now, we will be keeping pushing forward.
After 20,5h rowing, of which we slept 2x 2 hours, we arrived at Rotterdam. The last 6 hours were tough as the current turned, so we had to step up.
We stopped at Veerhaven, for an interview with the AD. I will publish the content online if you are curious. Nice to feel the warmth of the sun on our bodies after a very chilly night.
After this pitstop we rowed to the sea where we soon realized that there was too much headwind to row to IJmuiden and Den Helder.
In the video above you can see the windmill making over hours. This meant we couldn't reach our tide window at IJmuiden in time. Although we were set on rowing 300 km we decided to call it a day and return to Scheveningen. This still means we rowed 200 km! Great training for our Atlantic crossing in December!