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Sail Amsterdam and Exploring the Dutch Coast

  • Vessel: Trinovante
  • Where: Netherlands
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Amsterdam - 15 August 2020, 16:00
  • Disembark: Den Helder - 22 August 2020, 10:00

Join Trinovante in the midst of the Sail Amsterdam festival before sailing to calmer waters to experience traditional Dutch culture along the coast.

Sail with Trinovante from Amsterdam as you board the boat in the midst of the spectacular Sail Amsterdam Festival sailing out of the harbour with a flotilla of boats to mark the end of the festival before heading down to explore Ijsselmeer and Markermeer for the remainder of your holiday.

Trinovante rarely goes to sailing festivals but some of our Dutch crew recommended Sail Amsterdam many years ago and little did we know it would be something we’d become regulars at. We had never imagined so many boats could be on the water in such a small space and it was such a spectacular sight and such an experience to be part of. Sail Amsterdam only happens every five years and we missed 2015 so we are very excited to be going back in 2020.

In 2015 there were 2.3 million visitors across the city and there is so much happening we suggest you arrive early for this voyage, drop your bags at the boat and get out and about to enjoy the festival. There will be buffet-style food in the evening on board for those who want it.

When the festival is over, the ships leave and Trinovante heads off for some well-earned relaxation with her guests sailing around the inland seas of Ijsselmeer and Markenmeer. 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 with beautiful historic ports full of quaint dutch architecture, waterways and culture. Of course,  the cheese, apple cake, beer and traditionally rigged sailing vessels are also good reasons to love this area of the Netherlands.

Each little town is a work of art in itself. Petite historic houses, built of small bricks line the leafy canals. Walking around the streets and admiring the Dutch window displays is a delight and there are numerous cafes, shops and markets to explore. Vollen Dam will be a point of port where we can take a walk to Edam, Medemblik and the old fishing town of Urk.

At the end of this voyage, Trinvante locks out of the Ijsselmeer into tidal waters again to reach her final destination of Den Helder. Den Helder is a big port and naval dockyard also known for its long beaches and as a Tall Ships Race port. It is an easy train ride from here back to Amsterdam for good transport links home.

As with all our sailing holidays, the exact itinerary will depend on the weather and tides will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. Guests are encouraged to get involved in sailing Trinovante to really gain an authentic tall ship sailing experience but the boat is fully crewed if you just want to take in the views! All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of waterproofs are included in your ticket price.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sail Amsterdam and Exploring the Dutch Coast15 August 20208FULLFull


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Gaff Schooner

Designed and lovingly built by her current owners John and Su for long-distance sailing, Trinovante is a wonderful tall ship inspired by Portuguese Schooner Creoula.  Built-in a small village on the banks of the River Colne in Essex, this beautiful three-masted Schooner was designed to be strong and seaworthy but also be able to carry plenty of sail with a small crew. She is a British registered, three-masted schooner and is UK Marine and Coast Guard Agency coded for category 1.

Trinovante is an absolute joy to sail whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner. Her skippers and crew love welcoming guests aboard and Trinovante is a boat that invites you to get involved. The possibilities for different sail combinations mean that she can be handled to suit her crew and the weather conditions. Her rig is relatively simple for her size which means she is a great boat to learn on and get involved, quickly becoming part of the crew.

Trinovante never sails the same route twice and she covers some 3000 to 4000 sea miles every year. From the wild mountains, fjords and islands of Norway to the medieval seaports of the Netherlands; from the Orkney and Shetland Isles to the bustling centre of Copenhagen. Enjoy unique and varied sailing holiday adventures with a mix of taster weekends, coastal sailing and offshore voyages in some of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

Her Skippers are also her owners who designed and built the boat themselves. Their passion for life on the water, their boat and sharing the experience with their guests is their top priority. They even ensure they make time to have a chat over the phone with every guest that books with them.

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  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, we can. A supplement of £25 will be required.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    2 double cabins, 1 single cabin, 4 single bunks in the communal area

  • Do I need to bring bedding?

    We ask guests to bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase. We do have lightweight summer duvets onboard so guests can use these and bring their own sheet but this is not enough on its own if the weather is going to be cold.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    There are two toilets but no showers aboard. Showers are taken ashore as often as possible and there is an on deck hose shower for those who are brave enough!

  • Is there an age limit?

    Preferably no under 18's but after a discussion with the skipper, younger children may be considered if accompanied by a legal guardian.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    Yes, please let us know your size when booking.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.

  • 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: Amsterdam

To: Den Helder

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