Netherlands To UK Sailing Holiday
Den Helder To Ipswich
Sailing Type – Offshore and Coastal
You will be part of a watch system for the overnight passage from Den Helder to the UK. For more information about what to expect read
Standing The Night Watch – an account written by one of the crew.
Crossing The North Sea
The overnight passage of about 120 miles takes us across the North Sea Deep Water Routes where there is plenty of shipping keep an eye out for. Although the North Sea seems vast, very large ships heading for big ports like Hamburg are confined to these routes by their draught.
Once Trinovante clears the shipping lanes we may have the whole horizon to ourselves.
As crew you will immediately be into setting sails, steering a compass course, keeping a look out and settling into life at sea with your watch mates. Hopefully you will have a star to steer by.
In past we had had lots of land birds keeping us company on the crossing by hitching a ride on Trinovante. They are often exhausted and keen to eat.
One year we had a large gull fly into one of the sails. It was stunned but agressive and spent some time flapping around on the fore deck before relaunching itself. There was no way any of the crew were going anywhere near it.
This bird is a chaffinch and flew off as we neared land.
About The Thames Estuary
The Thames Estuary is Trinovante’s ‘home’ territory, it’s where she was built, and a fascinating area for a weekend break.
Steeped in sailing history and tradition it’s one of the last places in the UK where you will see traditionally rigged boats as a matter of course. Fishing smacks and sailing barges race here throughout the season.
In the quiet river anchorages you will hear the distinctive call of oystercatchers and other wading birds feeding on the mudflats as the tide ebbs and flows.
Just a day sail up the coast, you’ll be part of the busy commercial activity on the River Orwell at Felixstowe, the largest container port in the country.
This voyage ends at Ipswich Haven Marina in the centre of Ipswich.
The photo here shows Trinovante motoring under the Orwell Bridge just before Ipswich Docks.
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing and passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
What’s included in the price?
- All meals onboard
We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Obviously, if you choose to eat ashore, this is at your own expense. We can cater for most diets, but you must let us know about special diets at the time of booking. We cannot cater for special diets at short notice.
- Non-alcoholic drinks
Ships rules are no drinking alcohol at sea or if we are about to sail. This does NOT mean Trinovante is a dry boat – it’s fine to have a drink in the evening when we are at anchor or alongside. We don’t sell alcohol on board so bring your own.
- Use of life-jackets and wet weather gear
What is not included in the price?
- Your travel to and from the ship.
Every voyage has travel information pages and info about finding the ship in harbour.
- Travel insurance
This is compulsory for all voyages apart from Sailing Weekends.
We have a page on Buying Travel Insurance For Sailing Holidays
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Voyages In Date Order
3 nights FULL
Two sailing weekends to get out on the water in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
5 Nights £795
Sail the rural rivers of the Thames Estuary to finish at Tower Bridge in London.
14 nights £1960
A voyage to Orkney lasting several days with time to sail and explore ashore in Orkney.
High summer sailing and exploring in the Orkney Islands
A voyage from Shetland To Orkney Or Orkney To Shetland
A sailing holiday in Shetland with time to explore ashore.
8 nights £1280
Sail south along the Scottish coast across the Moray Firth and past Bass Rock.
4 Nights £640
Sail on the East Coast rivers and up to the centre of London.