The Standing Mast Route through Netherlands is a trip worth doing. Once. But there are just too many bridges, locks and ditherings about. In Groningen alone there are fifteen opening bridges through the centre of town. By the end of it all we were very pleased finally to enter the sea lock at unpronouncable Delfzijl.

Delfzijl is a busy commercial port on the Ems River – just our kind of place – and from here it is only 20 miles out to Borkum Riff, where we turn right and head northeast along the German coast to the River Elbe. Headwinds are forecast tomorrow, but hopefully not too fresh. Now though, it is time to celebrate our arrival back into the North Sea with a tiny glass of pino grigio.

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