All of a sudden the party is over, the ships leave. Trinovante will participate in the leaving ‘Parade Of Sail’ and then head off for some well-earned relaxation sailing around the Ijsselmere and Markenmeer.
The Ijsselmeer and Markermeer are inland seas. This area used to be the tidal Zuiderzee and was home to what were then wealthy Dutch seaports such a Hoorn. Cape Horn was named after this town by Willem Schouten, who navigated the cape in 1616.
The Zuiderzee ceased to be in 1932 when the dam was built (which created The Ijsselmere and Markenmer) to stop flooding and make what the Dutch call ‘new land’. For us, it provides a huge area of sheltered water sailing.
Apart from the cheese, apple cake and beer we love this area of the Netherlands because the Dutch have so many traditionally rigged sailing vessels.