Expedition sailing experience from Jersey to Rotterdam aboard yacht Cherokee.
From Jersey, we set sail to Cherbourg in Normandy, perhaps with a short tidal-stop on Alderney to cross the ‘Alderney Race’ under favourable conditions. From Cherbourg, we shall sail over the English Channel to Rotterdam. Weather and tide will ultimately determine our route, but the plan is to do this in easy legs, where we will visit the nicest ports.
The first day we sail to Honfleur, a beautiful picturesque medieval village. A Leg of about 85 miles where we have to sail up the Seine and go through a lock, but totally worth it. This beautiful village is still entirely in the Norwegian style (built by the Normans) and there are a lot of terraces at the harbour. If the weather cooperates, we arrive early in the (next) morning, so we still have time to stroll around.
The next day we will sail 65 miles further to Dieppe, a typical Norman port with the usually quite spectacular entrance at the characteristic wooden harbour head perpendicular to the current. Then we sail to Dover, one leg of about 80 miles. Dover is a working harbour, but particularly famous due to the ‘White Cliffs’ and with ferries coming and going all the time. Nice to see and therefore we will have to ask permission to enter, probably a nighttime entry. If the weather cooperates, we still have enough time to visit Dover Castle or to walk on the white cliffs of Dover with stunning views across the English Channel.
Then comes the last leg of 140 miles to Rotterdam, our seasonal closure. The approach of the New Waterway is impressive and the last part the city centre is very nice with the beautiful new skyline. We will sail under the iconic Erasmus Bridge.
The above schedule is subject to weather, wind and tide.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Expedition Sailing from Jersey to Rotterdam||1 October 2019||10||£985||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing his father’s ship amongst others. The youngest in our fleet, Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J design. A year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing over to the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and the Shetlands before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top notch hospitality.More about Cherokee
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
Dutch and English.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
- Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. Some of Cherokee's voyages are more suited to sail training (i.e. less time for shore visits), but the majority are gentle sailing.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
From: St Helier, Jersey
To: Rotterdam, NL