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Sailing the North Sea from Holland to the UK

  • Vessel: Trinovante
  • Where: Netherlands/UK
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Den Helder - 24 August 2020, 16:00
  • Disembark: Ipswich - 31 August 2020, 10:00
Single berth£755 £188.75
Double berth in double cabin£755 £188.75

Sail From Holland to the UK with Trinovante for an offshore tall ship sailing experience.

Join Trinovante in the Dutch port of Den Helder as she begins her journey across the North Sea and back to the UK.

We will sail an overnight passage of about 120 miles that will take 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. Offshore voyages have a totally different atmosphere onboard to our coastal sailing holidays and you immediately become a key part of the ship’s crew and one of the team. The passage could be a true opportunity to steer by the stars – specifically the North Star! Set the sails, steering a compass course, whilst keeping a lookout and settling into life at sea with your watch mates.

Although we will perhaps be the only boat on the horizon, we won’t be alone for birds. In the past, we have had lots of land birds keeping us company on the crossing by hitching a ride on Trinovante and they are often exhausted and keen to eat.

Once we have crossed the English Channel we will reach the Thames Estuary. This is Trinovante’s ‘home’ territory, it’s where she was built and is a fascinating area for a weekend break to follow our offshore passage.

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.

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. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of waterproofs are included in your ticket price.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing the North Sea from Holland to the UK24 August 20208£755Enquire now


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.

Deck plan

Trinovante Deck Plan More about Trinovante


  • 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 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: Den Helder

To: Ipswich

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