This trip will be in four chunks:

  1. A weekend delivery trip from the Solent to leave the boat at Ramsgate- May 12th -14th
  2. A week crossing to Holland, cruising the southern estuaries and sailing up the coast to Amsterdam May 19th -27th
  3. A week cruising in the Amsterdam/Ijsselmeer area and crossing back, probably leaving the boat in Harwich May 27th - June 3rd
  4. A delivery weekend from Harwich across the Thames estuary, round the corner and back to Gosport some time later

So there are three or four options for crew to get big boat experience:

One or both of the delivery weekends, which will involve overnight sailing and watch keeping.

Good mile-building stuff for those working towards RYA qualifications.

Either or both weeks in the Netherlands - a mix of offshore sailing and cruising inland seas and canals.

Joining and leaving the boat will be fairly easy either by train (Gosport, Ramsgate, Harwich) or by budget flight (Amsterdam).


To be confirmed, but as a guide, last year’s Brittany cruise cost £37 per person per day for the boat, plus a share of diesel, food and mooring expenses - roughly £10 pp pd. So a total of £700 for the fortnight. There will be increases because of the state of the £ against the €.

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About the boat:

Fully equipped and inspected to RYA charter and training standards; six berths in three cabins, with a saloon; hot water, heating, full galley and fridge; mainsail, genoa and both spinnaker and cruising chute, plus storm sails; GPS, AIS, Navtex, chart plotter and on board computer; life jackets and safety harnesses.

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Delivery trip- May 12th - 14th

  • Gosport to Ramsgate
    • two days (including trains, prep etc.)

It is roughly a 120 nautical mile/24-hour/four-tide trip to Ramsgate.  It is definitely best to go round the corner into the North Sea on a flood tide.

Dover High Waters (BST) are at Friday 1300; Saturday 0115 and 1340; Sunday 0150 and 1410.

People join Friday for prepping the boat and settling in.

We leave Gosport at 0740 Saturday morning on an east-going tide; we should be off Worthing around 1300, round Beachy Head by 2050, passing Dungeness just after 0200 on Sunday morning, and at Dover around 1000. The tide then turns with us and we arrive Ramsgate mid-afternoon and park the boat there for a week.

Week One- May 19th - 27th

People join at Ramsgate on Friday May 19th. We leave Ramsgate at 0530 on May 20th on the last of the ebb tide to catch the longest possible tide north.  This means we leave in light, and unless we go too fast, we arrive early morning Sunday, and could probably go straight in and up to Middelburg.

  •  Rams gate to Middelburg (with possible stop in Vlissingen) May 19th to May 21st.
    • One day
      • Join Friday May 19th - Leave early Saturday May 20th - Arrive Middelburg early Sunday May 21st.
  • Middelburg to Veere to Zierikzee to Willemstad to Hellevoetsluis. - May 22nd- May 26th
    • Time to recover in Middelburg, then on to Veere and sailing in Veersemeer, Oosterschelde and Grevelingenmeer.
      •  Four days' free sailing as and where the crew decide.
  •  Hellevoetsluis to Ijmuiden to Amsterdam - May 26th
    • One day, two tides (55 miles).
    • Aim to arrive Ijmuiden (Dover +6 (=1815), so leave Hellevoetsluis at 0615.
    • Three hours Ijmuiden to Amsterdam- arrive 2115. - May 26th  (Friday)

 Week Two- May 27th - June 3rd

Any crew changes take place in Amsterdam, at the Sixhaven Marina in the centre of town right across the canal from the railway station. Then we take the canal on and explore the Markemeer, Ijsselmeer and southern Waddenzee before coming back across the North Sea. We leave the boat at Harwich for a later return delivery.

  •  Amsterdam - One and a half days May 27th(Saturday)
    • Crew change day
  •  Amsterdam to Oudeschild
    • Four and a half days,stopping at will: Marken,Monnickendam, Hoorne,Enkhuizen, Medemblik,Hindeloopen.
    • Leave time at Oudeschild to explore Texel
    • May 28th -June 2nd
      • Four and a half days' free sailing
  • Oudeschild to Den Helder to Harwich
    • 150 miles/30 hours. One long day (including possible stop in Den Helder to restock)
    • June 2nd leave Den Helder (Dover HW -5 (=1345)
      • Arrive June 3rd. - 1950 (HW Dover)- slack at Harwich, end of S-flowing tide.

 Return Delivery

  • Harwich to Ramsgate/Dover to Gosport - Two days TBA

Further Information

Remember that sailing is always subject to wind and weather and that alternative plans may have to be made to suit the circumstances at the time.

Follow link to Navionics Web Chart here.