On Friday the 5th of July 2019, I went sailing in Friesland, The Netherlands.

It was a bit of a drive to get there but it was so worth it! The scenery was absolutely amazing and I have fallen in love with the water and sailing. We went on a flat bottom sailing boat called a Skûtsje. Skûtsjes were built from the 18th century until about 1930 and were used as barges.

The boats have huge paddles on the side that look almost like butterfly wings. These stop the boats from capsizing.

We also sailed past a memorial… On 5 September 1942 a Lancaster R5682 crashed at the “Ald Dwinger” landfill in the Alde Feanen National Park. In 2018 a swallow refuge was built here that symbolizes “life” that is being brought back and serves as a memorial to the fallen crew members. Some of the holes contain pieces of the aeroplane and these have been sealed off.

What an amazing experience!