Startharbour: Stockholm Boarding after: 02.09.2019 16:00 Departure: 02.09.2019 20:00 Port of destination: Boulogne Arrival: 11.09.2019 10:00 Debarkation before: Days on board: 10 Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 895€
950 nautical miles
(Fee for participation in the full passage from Stockholm to Southampton 965€).
Very long distance - Two seas - Kiel Canal - English Channel and Pas-de-Calais - Tides
At the beginning of autumn, we need to pass a long but fast route from Sweden to England since we were invited to a boat show in Southampton. Prior to crossing the English Channel and mooring in the UK, we will stop at the port of Boulogne before leaving the Schengen zone. Here those who do not have English visas can go ashore. If England is your dream and you have a visa, then you can join us in Boulogne. The most interesting thing is to go with us the entire route - more than a thousand nautical miles, across the Baltic Sea, the Kiel Canal and the Elbe, part of the North Sea and the English Channel. Through good and bad weather, wide sea and winding canals, through the waters of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
We will make several stops along the way. On such a route, it is difficult to say in advance exactly where we are going to stop – in order to cover a thousand miles in two weeks, we will primarily use the fair wind and power of the current.
Perhaps we will make a stop in the town of Visby on the island of Gotland (if we go through the open Baltic Sea), or in Kalmar (if we go through the Kalmar Strait). Perhaps we will stop to stay overnight in one of the small Danish towns before going to the Kiel Canal. And ten to one that we will go to the "Northern Tortuga", that is the island of Heligoland in the North Sea, near the mouth of the Elbe, to get restocked. Besides the fact that this is a duty-free zone, above all, it is a unique natural reserve.
Heligoland is a small archipelago in the North Sea, consisting of two islands: the triangular main island (Hauptinsel) (about 1 km² in area) and the Düne ("dune"), a much lower island, located to the east and almost completely composed of sand beaches. On the north side of the main island you can find the famous "Tall Anna" (Lange Anna), a 47-meter-high red sandstone sea stack. Thousands of years ago Lange Anna was part of the island, but over the course of time the sea waves built an amazing arch, which became a Heligoland's landmark.
After taking the North Sea, we will meet tides, and here we are going to tell (and show) the crew how to use them. Along the protected Frisian Islands, we will reach the Netherlands and Belgium, and, if time permits, we will make a short stop in Vlissingen or Oostende, and then we will practice our knowledge of maritime traffic rules in the English Channel. In the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of it, we shall see, if we are lucky with the weather, the White Cliffs of Dover, and then we will moor in Boulogne.
This trip guarantees non-stop multi-day sea passages, long deck watches, various marine and sailing experiences. We will learn how to bear the course and use modern means of navigation, plan the route for the upcoming day and calculate the power of influence of the tides.
If this is exactly what you want, you are welcome to the team!
You have to arrive on board on the day of the start of the trip no later than 12.00 (if it is not mentioned in your instruction letter).
All crew members get through mandatory safety and alarm instructions. From the first day the crew is divided into watches and begins to ensure the daily life on board and en-route travel of the ship.
All trips are full of sea practice: from the very first day offshore you will steer the ship, work with sails and rigging, and also together with watch-mates do the cooking in the caboose or clean up. We do not have passengers - we travel as one big family.
Sea experience for participation is not at all required - we will teach you everything that we know, and knowledge comes easier in a friendly atmosphere. Lessons learned can be used on a yacht or just in your daily life: you will get not only maritime knowledge, but also you will know yourself better.
The fee includes all the costs related to the trip - you won't need to spend money on anything other than souvenirs in the port. You need to get a Schengen multiple-entry visa, buy tickets, purchase insurance covering outdoor activities and pack up.