24-May-2012 -- While on holiday at the island of Rügen, I planned to visit the most north-eastern confluence point of Germany, the CP 54N 14E at the Achterwasser, located close to the peninsula Usedom. It became a nice daytrip.
After a longer drive Usedom was reached by passing Wolgast, Zinnowitz, and Koserow at the Bundesstraße 111. Very impressive was a special bridge leading to the peninsula (including rails) with its giant balance weights to lift it up enabling the passing of tall ships. Soon the village Loddin was found to start the search for a boat.
Unfortunately it was very windy. The cold wind came from north-west with about 4 to 5 Beaufort. From the reports of other visitors I knew “Kikis Bootsverleih” and found it quite soon. But they told me that it is not possible to rent any boat because of the wind. They had to rescue some tourists before and would not be very eager to repeat this ceremony. After some discussion and the former view to a very sportive motor boat I could soften up the friendly guy to steer the boat himself and carry me to the confluence point for a fee.
He asked me to go faster and I said yes. So in only about five minutes we reached the area of the CP, after a way of about 2300 meters. On the first try we missed the CP by only five meters While drifting along. We turned and neared a second time while I could shoot the picture of the GPS display with the exact Confluence. Happy for that sensational fast shot I did the pictures to the cardinal points and said we could go back. Well, at the way back we jumped several times because we steered straight against the waves. So the part of this visit who took place on water was done very fast by the help of a Mercury 50.
After this quick visit I realised the displayed height of minus 10 meters. I didn’t calibrate the Garmin before. The height about sea level should show zero of course.
Now the rest of the day was used to visit the beautiful village Zinnowitz and later the city of Greifswald with a nice centre.