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Sail North East up the English Channel from Brittany to the Netherlands

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Sun 04-06-2023, 20:00St Nazaire, Brittany Sat 10-06-2023, 17:00Scheveningen, The Netherlands Oosterschelde 6 NightsOS040623

Join Oosterschelde in the historic port of St Nazaire for a passage up the beautiful Breton Coast and into the English Channel. Potential stop-overs include the Breton Islands and Alderney, but this is a delivery voyage with miles to make, so expect also some fascinating night sailing along busy shipping routes. You will sail as much as possible, and will be helping the professional crew to set sail, reef and strike as needed, as the ever changing coastline slips by.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience interesting navigation and night watchkeeping
  • Learn to sail a three masted topsail schooner
  • Climb the rigging, set sails and take the helm
  • Explore the Breton coast and Channel Islands if time allows

Oosterschelde

Vessel type / Rig Three Masted Schooner
Guest Berths 24
Beam 25ft
Draft 9.8ft
Deck Length 131ft
Overall Length 164ft
Tonnage 400 tons
Year Built 1917/1992
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Voyage Description

"Oosterschelde under sail"

Introduction

An excellent challenge for intermediate or experienced sailors alike. An ambitious beginner that thinks they could adapt to the life of a sailor could quickly tackle the voyages on Oosterschelde. She is a big 300 ton sailing ship that can cope well in strong winds and offers a powerful sailing experience and comfortable living spaces below decks.

There will be a mix of overnight watches and some day coastal hops, depending on the wind, with Oosterschelde wanting to sail as much as possible on this delivery voyage. Oosterschelde has three big gaff sails which are all involving to gybe or tack, as well as square sails. The ship already has a lot of fans around the world after two circumnavigations, so crews are multi national and the working language is English. 

"Oosterschelde on the bow sprit"
“Oosterschelde on the bow sprit”

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Joining the ship in the historic port of St Nazaire, the captain will decide if it is better to make some miles or to visit a beautiful island or village to kick off the voyage. There are many possibilities along the rugged coast of Brittany.

From the English Channel onwards it will be easier to plan the rest of our sailing trip. There are many places where we could make a stopover on either the French or British coast. We will likely visit Alderney. It is right on our route and has a sheltered bay where we can anchor.
 

Via Dover Strait  we will enter the North Sea. We will leave the white cliffs on both sides behind and we pass by sandy beaches and sand banks. Around us we will see many other ships. Almost all cargo from China and other parts of the world that are shipped to Europa will go to Antwerp, Rotterdam or Hamburg and all those vessels pass us by. Add the tugs, fishing vessels, ferries and workboats and you will know there will be lots to see along the way, before arriving in Scheveningen to celebrate a job well done.

Reaching the topsails

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The weather in the English Channel can be changeable, and with natural bottlenecks like the Dover Strait, the sea can become quite bumpy (particularly with a fast flowing tide and wind from the opposite direction). The Captain will plan the trip to avoid any seriously bad weather, but be aware that a small change in wind direction can have a big effect on this narrow stretch of water, as the whole Atlantic tries to pile into the North Sea!

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

 

"Oosterschelde"
“Oosterschelde”

Start & End Port

St Nazaire, Brittany

St Nazaire is a fascinating port, steeped in Maritime History with a long shipbuilding tradition. The beaches around the coast are lovely too, especially Les Jaunais to the West (which can be reached via the old customs officer’s path) or Saint-Marc-sur-Mer to the East, made famous by Jacques Tati’s 1951 film ‘Mr Hulot’s Holiday’.

Scheveningen, The Netherlands

We will be berthed in the 1st harbor of Scheveningen, most probably it will be alongside the quay of the Vissershavenweg. It is near the beach, so good to spend some time before embarkation in Scheveningen.

The ships exact location in port is often controlled by the port authorities and they will only allocate a docking position a few days before. You will be informed as soon as possible of their exact joining location.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship’s number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

Kit List

Oosterschelde Kit List

Included

 

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Oosterschelde does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Oosterschelde has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.

Review

Cape Verde & Caribbean Crew

Together with my husband Bert we were on the trip around the Cape Verde on the Oosterschelde and had a great time. The crew was fantastic and very friendly. They showed us what has to be done to sail a beautiful ship like this. Made some new friends among the passengers and it was a trip I will not forget for a long while. And who knows when we will meet again. Thanks" Jenny H E.  from NL Mar 2018

I've just completed my fourth voyage in four years and it was like a big family holiday! Familiar faces welcomed us aboard, we met up with guests and friends from previous voyages and the islands that we visited in the French West Indies were beautiful. The best part of the voyage was our last sailing day when the "lunatics took over the asylum". Maarten let the guest crew sail the Oosterschelde from St Lucia to Martinique (while keeping an eye on us to make sure that neither we or the ship were in danger) It was hard work but safe to say that I learned a lot more on that day, having to think about what I was doing, rather than just being told what to do. We are just about to book our next voyage" Richard D. British Columbia

What was the best bit?
Variety of sailing and the islands visited.

What was the worst bit?
One rough passage.

Why do you sail?
We enjoy the technicalities of sailing a large vessel and the passage planning involved. We generally enjoy off-shore sailing.

Any other comments
The skipper and crew were very friendly, helpful and informative. Accommodation and food was very good.- Phillip B - Cape Verde 

Ocean Passages

What was the best bit?
A genuine feel for a bit of a longer ocean voyage with great people.

What was the worst bit?
Somewhat cramped cabins if sharing

Why do you sail? 
Comraderie; understanding historical sailing voyages; seeing interesting parts of the world" Robbin C: Ocean Crossings

Credit to Robbin Conner - Oosterschelde Ocean Crossing from Cape Verde to Rotterdam
Credit to Robbin Conner - Oosterschelde Ocean Crossing from Cape Verde to Rotterdam

Canada Tall Ships Race Participants

So happy to have sailed from Miramichi to Quebec! So good to be on this beautiful grand old lady with only nice and funny people. Miss you all! And for this moment especially Richards' breakfast. Thank you so much Jenny Edward Richard Jan-Willem Jurriaan and Maarten, and all the other guests for this wonderful and amazing time. Love and hugs xxx Ernst and Ellen V.

The dream come true! What a georgous trip I had between Québec and Halifax! A part of me will be onboard forever... Il will be back to you, most beautiful ship of the world! I will be back, Oosterschelde!  What a crew! What a captain! Marteen, I could write a novel with you as the major character! You are an amazing guy, a good, a great man! Your team is fantastic! I am now back ashore but... "I must go down to sea again... "

" C'est pas l'homme qui prend la mer
C'est la mer qui prend l'homme " 

Pierre-Luc. Canada

Now is the hour that I must say goodbye, soon you'll be sailing far across the sea. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. Maybe in the south pacific or around Cape Horn. Captain Arian, I would sail anywhere in the world with you, your crew and Oosterschelde. Warren C. New Zealand

The Word from European Voyages

Just sailed on the Oosterschelde across the North Sea to the Netherlands! Great taste of sailing would recommend to anyone who is thinking of dipping their toe in. Loved every second of it, hauling ropes out in the elements (mainly with the Sun on my back) rolling around in the middle of the North Sea on the deck of an authentic lovely Dutch schooner brilliant! A life changing experience of the open sea, next stop RYA competent crew! Many thanks to Adam and Classic Sailing for all the arrangements at such short notice and thanks too to all the crew for looking after me and feeding me so well. Be warned though life ashore afterwards can seem very hum-drum." Rex aka Steve W

I  want to thank the crew for the three magnificent days passed on board, between "Golfe du Morbihan" and "Le Havre". I sailed on numerous occasions on about ten different ships, and this sailing on Oosterschelde is the best experience I ever had. I was impressed by the good performances of the ship, and by the way the crew adjusts sails permanently so that the ship always gives the best ; it was an immense pleasure to participate of my best in all these operations. I regret that our different languages did not allow us to communicate more, because all the crew members were really very nice and very thoughtful with us. I have now only an envy: to embark again on Oosterschelde, to be on the deck to participate in the laborers of sails, to climb on the mast to help the crew, and to share again these excellent moments given by sailing on Oosterschelde !!! " Excuse my bad English, Gilbert P. Vernon, France
 

Vessel Gallery

Three Masted Topsail Schooner Oosterschelde in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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