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Sailing voyage Z11-22: Crossing the English Channel, sail training.

Z11-22: sail training English Channel: France – U.K. – NED (450 M)     

From Jersey, we intend to sail to Cherbourg in Normandy, the first challenging puzzle of this sea sailing training. Not only do we have to cross a tidal barrier to get out of the harbour of St Helier, we also want to have the current with us, but more importantly, we will have to sail through the infamous Alderney Race. In the Alderney Race the current can be very strong, that in itself can be a problem, but an additional problem are the waves that are caused by this, especially with wind against current. Definitely something to think about.

Weather and tide will ultimately determine our route, but the plan is to do this in convenient legs, in which we try to sail to the nicest ports. Plan A is to go to Honfleur, a beautiful picturesque medieval village. A leg of about 85 miles, during which we also have to sail up the Seine. Another nice puzzle, because the ebb tide on the Seine can also be very strong. Our arrival will probably be in the dark and we will have to go through the lock (with a sandbank in front) and possibly through the bridge. With 80 miles of sailing, this cannot be calculated to the last decimal point, but it is definitely worth the effort. This beautiful village is still in the Norwegian style (built by the Vikings) and there are many terraces along the harbour. If the weather cooperates, we will arrive early in the (next) morning, which gives us time to stroll around.

Then we plan to sail to Dover, a leg of about 130 miles. Which means more than 24 hours of sailing and we will do this in a watch system. Dover is a commercial harbour, but quite special with the famous ‘White Cliffs’ and ferries that sail on and off. Therefore we will have to obtain permission to enter. If the weather cooperates, we might have enough time to visit Dover Castle, or to walk up the White Cliffs of Dover lighthouse with a magnificent view over the English Channel.

Then we have to sail across the shipping lanes in the strait of Dover, the narrowest and busiest part of the English Channel. The rest of the passage is so busy with shipping lanes, fishing boats, fishing & wind farms that we first make a tidal stop at the French coast. Shortly followed by the final leg of 110 miles to Rotterdam, our last sailing trip of the season. Sailing up the ‘Nieuwe Waterweg’ is very impressive with all the shipping, especially in the dark. The last part through the city centre is very nice with the beautiful new skyline of Rotterdam and we sail under the Erasmus Bridge.

In short, an instructive sail training because of the busy shipping routes, strong currents and tidal puzzles, but above all a beautiful sailing voyage along a beautiful coast with nice harbours.

The above schedule is subject to weather, wind and tide. The daily sailing distances are between 28 and 130 miles.

If you wish you can book an extra night on board in Rotterdam for € 75, – if that would make it easier for your return trip home.

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Information about this sailing holiday

Zeilvakantie:Z11-22Segeltörn:Z11-22Sailing holiday:Z11-22
Boordprijs:€ 1.219,-per persoonBordpreisse:€ 1.219,-pro PersonBoard Price:€ 1.219,-per person
Boordkas:€ 330,-per persoon, contantBordkasse:€ 330,-pro Person, barBoard cash:€ 330,-per person, cash
Vertrek:JerseyTransfer informatieAbfahrt:JerseyTransfer informationDeparture:JerseyTransfer information
Inschepen (18.30 uur):Maandag03-10-2022Einschiffen (18.30 uhr):Montag03-10-2022Boarding (18.30 uur):Monday03-10-2022
Aankomst:RotterdamTransfer informatieAnkunft:RotterdamTransfer informationArrival:RotterdamTransfer information
Ontschepen (13.00 uur):Woensdag12-10-2022Ausschiffen (13.00 uur):Mittwoch12-10-2022Disembark (13.00 uur):Wednesday12-10-2022
Aantal dagen:9BagageTagen:9GepäckDays:9Luggage
Categorie:A/EVerklaring categorieënKategorie:A/EErklärung KategorienCategory:A/EExplanation of categories


Participants of this sailing holiday


Sailing holiday Prices 

The ‘board price’ of the voyage is the rent for ship and crew, which must be paid up front.

The ‘board cash’ is the amount per person for the food and drink on board (including crew), as well as fuel, water, shore, port fees and taxes, but excluding trips, food and drinks ashore. This amount must be paid upon embarkation in cash to the skipper (in the appropriate currency). What remains after the sailing holiday, will be refunded.

With less than 3 participants, the ‘board cash’ is usually not sufficient. In that case, there will be a surcharge of up to € 50 per person.


Sailing holidays discount

Customer Discount:
If you book a second sailing holiday with us within a year, you’ll get 5% off the ‘board price’.

Group discount:
If you book a sailing holiday as a group (more than 3 passengers), you will receive 5% discount per person on the ‘board price’.

Youth Discount:
If you are under 29 years old, you will get 10% discount on the ‘board price’.

Discounts can not be combined with each other.


Sailing holiday with your own private cabin

If you would like  a private cabin (room), you can reserve this for 1.5 times theboard price’.




Sailing holiday categories

Category A:
Offshore crossings, includes also sailing throughout the nights. Passengers will also be grouped in the watch system.

Category B:
Offshore sailing holidays, there will be no sailing throughout the nights, but occasionally a late arrival at the harbour (or an early departure), depending on the weather.

Category C:
Relaxed sailing holidays with shorter sailing distances, including more time for sightseeing and sometimes a nice land excursion.

Category D:
Sailing holiday specials, from ‘Sailing holidays with Yoga’ up to expedition sailing. Not every season available.

Category E:
Sailing holiday’s with extra sailtraining.

Category F:
Sailing holidays with also small children on board.