We arrived in Norderney in the middle of the night, so we just tied the boat to the wall and went to sleep as there were no available spots. When we woke up the tide was inn and we had been raised nearly 3 meters so we moved the boat and went for some food shopping and to get some cash from the bank.
Today we were ready to go at 10 AM in the morning. We went to the harbourmaster to give back the harbourcard and to say goodbye, but he said that the wind and waves were to much to sail in, so we should wait.
We are not stupid, so of course we listen to the locals. It was supposed to be better after 2 PM, so we settled in to wait.
At 2 PM we went back to say goodbye, but still he said we should not go, the waves were 2 meters and it was quite windy.
This time we checked the forecast and chatted with our friend Koert who has sailed these waters before and is an experienced sailor.
Koert said GO so we set sails. It was quite scary going out through the breakwaters with huge waves that covered the sprayhood and all the front of the boat, but we handled it. After a couple of hours it became much better and we actually had a really nice sail through the night arriving at Den Helder at 2 PM the next day.