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Stavoren
Stavoren is the home port of "De Samenwerking". This once prosperous small Hanzetown is on the IJsselmeer in the southwest corner of Friesland and is an excellent place to weigh anchor.

IJsselmeer
The IJsselmeer was once a saltwater sea, but after constructing the "Afsluitdijk" it became a freshwater lake. The depth of this lake is 5 meter on average and in various places it isn’t even 1 meter. These shallows are marked with red and green buoys, also marked on the water charts. Because of these shallows the IJsselmeer has a short dash of the waves. When the wind comes from the south west this is even noticeable in the Stavoren harbour estuary. In the past many fishermen earned their living on the IJsselmeer. Nowadays there is little fishing activity in this area due to international economic developments. Sailing for pleasure has increased during the last few years. The IJsselmeer has a big variety of different sorts of water birds, such as cormorant, stern and even a colony of flamingo's has settled around the IJsselmeer. In the water a wide variety of fish are prospering. Of these, the IJsselmeer eel is probably the most commonly known.

Little Harbor Towns
On the IJsselmeer are many small old towns, often fishing villages, such as Urk and Lemmer in the south-east. Authentic towns Medemblik and Enkhuizen on the west side and picturesque Frisian towns Hindelopen, Workum and Makkum in the north. Additionally Lelystad is an example of the new reclaimed land.
For more information on embankments in the Netherlands: look on YouTube The Films of Ernest Kleinberg: The Netherlands: Struggle for Land for a 30 minute old but very educational film about the history of the reclamation of land and protection of the small Netherlands. English spoken.
The film also shows how at that time the new dikes were paved with basalt boulders to protect the dikes. The current owner of the ship 'de Samenwerking' Toon Gores, a 16 year old boy working at that time for his first boss, making these boulders and therefore indirectly contributed to the construction of the polders.

The Waddenzee
Also the Waddenzee can be reached from Stavoren. The Afsluitdijk has two sluices near Den Oever to the west and near Kornwerderzand to the east. The Waddenzee changes every hour, due to the tides; the bottom of the sea becomes visible and is overflowed again and again. It is a breeding spot for many water birds, fish and on the sea bottom mussels and other shells grow. If you are lucky you can be surprised by one or more sunbathing seals.
The Waddenzee has recently earned a place on the world heritage list. The Waddenzee has a long dash of waves because of the open connection with the Noordzee. When the tide is favourable a Wadden island can be reached. Weighing anchor on a dry sandbank is also possible. Towns on the Waddenzee, like Harlingen and Franeker can be visited.

The Markermeer  
The Markermeer, in the south, can be reached from Stavoren and if the wind is fair even Amsterdam can be reached in one day. Along the Markermeer lies the old town of Hoorn. Between Hoorn and Amsterdam we could visit the Gouwzee with places like Volendam, Monnickendam and the peninsula Marken nearby.

The weather  
The weather can vary in the Netherlands. The temperatures during summertime can be between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius. During spring and fall temperatures will differ from 12 to 20 degrees. The wind often comes from south westerly directions so even in summertime rain isn't rare. On any sailing day different types of weather can occur and influence our route taken. The wind for example can vary vigorously in strength and also surprising changes of direction are common.