Nantes (FR) – Scheveningen (NL)
EMBARKATION DAY 04/06 AT 20:00H
DISEMBARKATION DAY 10/06 AT 17:00H
On arrival, the Oosterschelde is in Nantes. The Breton coast is beautiful. On our journey northwards through the deep waters of Biscay, we pass several islands where we could stop off. But this is not going to be a voyage of discovery along the Breton coast.
On this trip, we have to cover a somewhat longer distance and that means that we will set sail as quickly as possible. Of course, everyone on board will receive instructions and is cordially invited to participate. And then we go “on standby”. Everyone is sorted and is part of the crew. We relieve each other at the helm, sail and, of course, hoist more sails when possible, or reef the sails when necessary.
Ouessant marks the end of the Bay of Biscay and the beginning of the English Channel. Or La Manche, as the French say. All around us we see more and more boats, this sea is very busy. But under sail we are allowed to stay out of the sea lanes and we choose the most favourable route in terms of wind, because we want to sail. If we have not stopped before, we may stop at Alderney. This channel island is situated in the middle of the route, so we will pass by it anyway. We will then sail through the Strait of Calais (or Dover, according to the English) into the North Sea. With a bit of luck, we will come across the chalk cliffs on both the English and French sides. If you don’t often go to sea, you will be surprised at how busy it is. There are more and more huge wind farms making the sailing area smaller and smaller and all the boats sail the same designated routes. It is breathtaking. And then we arrive at perhaps the most beautiful seaport in the Netherlands: Scheveningen. At the end of the afternoon we say goodbye.
Level 1 trips are suitable for anyone in good health. We sail, for example, in sheltered waters or close to the coast. In case of bad weather, we can seek shelter in a harbour or opt for a more sheltered route.
OOSTERSCHELDE wants to be accessible to the widest possible public, but you should be aware that you are making a trip on board a sailing yacht. This demands more of your physical capacity than a daily walk. One trip is more demanding than another. With the different levels we provide an indication of what kind of trip it is. If you are unsure whether a trip is suitable for you, it is important that you contact Tall Ship Experience for advice.
- A small backpack that does not take up too much space in the cabin.
- On deck we recommend shoes with slightly rough and preferably soft soles.
- On land we recommend firm, waterproof hiking boots.
- Valid passport
- Sunglasses and sun cream
- Binoculars for spotting all kinds of water creatures.
- Waterproof clothing
- Camera and video camera to remember your trip forever!
Availability: Only 4 places are available
The three-masted schooner “Oosterschelde” was built in 1918 as a sailing cargo ship. The ship plied European waters
European waters and was frequently seen off the coasts of Morocco and the Mediterranean. In 1930, heavier and more modern diesel engines were installed and the rigging was reduced. From 1939 onwards, the ship sailed under a foreign flag and in 1950 underwent a drastic conversion into a modern coastal vessel. In 1988, the “Oosterschelde” was returned to the Netherlands. The Rotterdam Sailing Ships Foundation took over the fundraising necessary to finance the restoration of the ship to its original condition.
The “Oosterschelde” is now the only remaining representative of a large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the last century. It is registered as a monument by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. The “Oosterschelde” is autonomous and is used in domestic and foreign ports for presentation and promotion activities. domestic and foreign ports for presentation activities and by companies and other organisations. In 1998, the “Oosterschelde” completed a one and a half year voyage around the world. The ship sailed to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia.
Map of the journey
What is included
- Necessary basic training and workshops
- Bunk bed with sheets and towel.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner corresponding to the sailing.
What it does not include
- Transportation to and from the boat is at the expense of each person.
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