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Sailing the Netherlands

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When you

  • Are curious to discover this very attractive and diverse sailing area

  • Want to bring your tidal calculations into practice

  • Are eager to plan and execute challenging pilotage scenerios

  • Like to improve your boathandling and sailtrim

  • Want to learn to fly a symmetric spinnaker​

Then join me in the Netherlands in May on an exciting First 40

Our homeport will be Enkhuizen. A picturesque 17th century city, easily accessible from Amsterdam by train. Centrally located on the Ijsselmeer, the large inner lake, it is the perfect starting point for visiting several very attractive towns, all from the same era, the so called Dutch “Golden Age” (not so golden for many non-Dutch btw). Their marinas are usually located within the buzzing historic city centers.


The northern part of the Ijsselmeer connects to the Waddenzee, the challenging northern waters of the Netherlands. Navigating here requires solid passage planning and timing. The drying heights scenery is stunning while the island destinations of Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling offer great natural beauty, endless beaches and small island charm.


A long North Sea passage will bring Amsterdam in reach, from where an easy day sail will get us back to the homeport of Enkhuizen.


Richard has sailed and raced this so called “Rondje Noord Holland” numerous times when he was living in Amsterdam. Based on weather, available time and objectives it can be cut short for leisurely sailing or extended to the max providing a real challenge.

The week itinerary will be based upon weather and the experience and objectives of the crew. 

Beneteau First 40

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Dates: May 17 - 24

           May 24 - 31

Price:  1495 double cabin single 

           1195 cabin sharing 

Includes: onboard food and drinks,

marina fees, fuel and  life jackets

Location: Enkhuizen

Level: suitable for all levels

The First 40 is an exciting to sail cruiser-racer with plenty of comfort below decks.Her big wheel and optimized deck layout create an effective trim and sail handling platform. She excels upwind, but also will hit double figure speeds downwind. She is sensitive to sailtrim, but forgiving as the same time. She comes with a recent set of laminate sails and a 125 sq mtr symmetrical spinnaker. 

Below decks she was fully refurbished in 2021. The 3 double cabins have new mattresses and upholstery. The instruments are up to date and a heater is installed for those chilly evenings


  • navigation and pilotage (traditional and electronic)

  • parking / marina manoeuvres / use of lines

  • sail trim / spinnaker handling

  • man overboard training

  • anchoring under power and sail

  • weather

  • crew management

  • passage planning

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