We continued to sail, although due to the nature of the wind we were forced to take the sails down (thereby having the opportunity to make another exciting trip to the course and above) and rely on engines to travel.
Some time around midday we were in full view of Ijmuiden (in all its power station ridden, polluted glory - although there was the odd lovely little wind turbine and it was very flat). The captain pointed out the two landing lights which helped ships tell which course to sail. When we entered the first lock, we were temporarily moored (by a very nice Dutch bloke who caught the ropes we threw him) and the water level was raised for the Tenacious. At many times there was a suspicious scent of fish in the air as we continued on our journey through Holland’s canals. We arrived in Amsterdam and tied up next to a restaurant called Capton Kock, only to find out that to get to the center of town it was about 3 miles walk or a ten minutes bus ride. A group of 11 took the bus to town in the rain!!! After walking for a while we decided over a drink we would walk into the center of town and find somewhere to eat.
Update By: TNS Voyage Crew