Every once in a while, the sea gods smile on us and from Langeoog to Borkum we had that rare thing, a perfect day’s sailing – lovely breeze, calm flat sea and plenty of sunshine. In short; a delight. We ripped along at 4-5 knots, made the Wester Ems fairway buoy in idea time, just as the tide was turning to sweep us up the estuary towards Borkum, and even the entrance to Borkum harbour was relatively calm (the harbour channel runs perpendicular to the main estuary and the cross tides usually cause havoc with each other).
The normal marina in Burkana haven was full when we arrived at 11pm, but we moored very happily at the alternative establishment on the large jettys in the north of the basin, by the wind turbine transfer boats.
Not wanting to push our luck (and mindful of the forecast for westerlies coming) we grabbed a few hours sleep and then set off again, this time for Delfzijl, further up the estuary on the Dutch side. There we could lock into the canal system and take the standing mast route through to Harlingen in 3 days or so.