Sail across the Bay of Biscay, through the English Channel and then onto the North Sea as Oosterschelde sails home for the summer.
The Bay of Biscay has many faces, but the beauty of this area is a well-kept secret.
Oosterschelde’s port of departure, the Basque town of Pasaia, is a large industrial port but at the same time a sleepy fishermen’s village with medieval houses along the waterfront.
Pasaia lies deep in the Bay of Biscay close to the border of France where we will begin our voyage North along the French coast. Based on the forecast, the captain will decide whether Oosterschelde needs to make some sea miles of it we have time to visit a beautiful island or village. There are many possibilities along the rugged coast of Brittany.
On the northside of Biscay, the ocean changes into the continental shelf. From 5000 meters of depth we will go to 200 meters and the deep blue colour of the ocean changes to the greyer/green of the coastal waters.
There are many places where we could make a stopover on either the French or British coast but we will most likely visit Alderney in the Channel Islands. Said to be one of the most beautiful islands of the archipelago, it right on our route and has a sheltered bay where we can anchor.
Continuing via the Dover Strait, we will enter the waters of the North Sea. We will leave the chalk-white cliffs on both sides behind as we pass by sandy beaches and sandbanks. This part of the world is a busy shipping lane where almost all cargo from China is distributed around the world. Add the tugs, fishing vessels, ferries and workboats, there is certainly a lot to watch along the way.
The Belgian city of Oostende could be a great stop. This beautiful city is definitely worth a visit before sailing up the New Waterway to our home port of Rotterdam.
Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however, we always try to sail as much as possible. It is not mandatory, but we invite everyone to participate in the watches and to help sail, steer and navigate the ship.
Your ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and hot drinks. Soft drinks and alcohol can be purchased from the onboard bar. Any food purchased ashore is at your own cost. All towels and bedding are included in the price although Oosterschelde does ask guests to bring an extra swimming towel. At the end of your trip you can pay your bar tab in either in Euros or Sterling. We do not take card.
Oosterschelde is one of the largest and oldest Dutch tall ships to still be sailing today and is now registered as a Dutch Monument in the Netherlands.
Built-in Rotterdam 1917, she started life as a cargo ship sailing the coast of Morocco and later the Baltic Sea. In the late 80’s she was bought back home to the Netherlands where she underwent extensive maintenance to restore her to the authentic tall ship that she remains to this day.
With three masts, a topsail schooner rig and measuring over 50m in length, Oosterschelde is the largest boat in our fleet to date. Her impressive size and scale command interest wherever she goes and guests are always proud to have had the opportunity to sail on such a historic ship.
Below decks, her communal areas are spacious, with a generous saloon, bar, library and even piano to entertain. Complete with all the mod-cons and safety equipment, she also has underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove for sailing in colder climates. Her sleeping accommodation is located toward the bows with 6 two-berth and 3 four-berth cabins all with washbasins and communally sharing 5 separate bathrooms.
Sailing this beautiful ship is an experience you’ll never forget. The professional crew welcome all ages and abilities and find that most guests love to get actively involved with the authentic experience of sailing a tall ship.
Oosterschelde has sailed all over the world and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon! From European tall ship regattas to exploring Antarctica to sailing South on the Atlantic to the islands of Cape Verde, every voyage with Oosterschelde is one of wonder and discovery.