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Summer Sailing Expedition - Brittany to Scotland - lighthouses & famous headlands

A pleasant time of year to sail a few Celtic Coastlines. Pass the rugged Brittany coast for iconic offshore islands like Ushant and across the Channel to the Scillies or Southern Ireland.  With most wind directions you can blast up through the Irish Sea, with the coasts of Ireland, Wales and the Lake District and Galloway never very far away. For centuries this trading route North has been followed to the Hebrides and Viking lands further North. Weave your way past Scottish Islands like Islay, Jura,Tiree or Mull on the way to Oban.

Embark
Mon, 30-07-2018 - 10:00
Douarnenez
Disembark
Wed, 08-08-2018 - 09:00
Oban
Duration
10 Days
Vessel
Oosterschelde
Voyage No.
OS300718

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oosterschelde - Douarnenez to Oban 2018

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Explorers wanting to connect with their Celtic roots. The route travels along the coasts of Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. Keen sailors wanting to experience longer passages between ports and anchorages. How long the continuous sailing is between ports depends hugely on the weather, but there are some very special places the ship could stop. This is a great voyage for nature lovers and the seas are rich in fish and plankton, stirred up by strong tides. The Scillies archipelago is a possible stop, and many of the anchorages travelling up the Irish Sea are National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Civilised living - bar,piano & vast saloon
  • Gaff rigged and square sails too
  • watch rota to sail day and night on passage
  • no domestic chores unless you want to help
  • ships crew like wild anchorages & nature
  • big library in many language
  • Captain's know Irish Sea and Scotland well
End of the bowsprit is great for photos on Oosterschelde
End of the bowsprit is great for photos on Oosterschelde

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

10 days away from the tourists and hubbub ashore. Explore the wild side of Europe where France, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Scotland dip their toes in the Atlantic Ocean. Rugged cliffs, undeveloped coastlines and sandy estuaries and a wide sea route used by Viking longboats and all sorts of open craft as a gateway to Scotland and islands further North. You never more than 100 miles from a coast but the Irish Sea has an 'out there' feeling.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

The route passes the island of Scilly, so it might be a possible stop
The route passes the island of Scilly, so it might be a possible stop

A series of Sea and Coastal Passages

There are sections of open sea and some interesting tidal 'gates' to get through as Oosterschelde progresses along the Atlantic Edge of . If  you want interesting mile building with lots of navigational interest and pilotage challenges then this is a classic route. The experience of  night sailing, knowing when you are on watch and when you are free to snooze, read or do your own thing, or eagerly await the dinner bell soon becomes a 'way of life' whilst on board. Start your voyage with fast tides zooming you past limestone cliffs and light houses of Brittany. Cameret might be your last taste of France with some great seafood resturants, or the lonely Isle d'Ouessant. Then the English Channel is 100 wide between Ushant and Lands End. If you have a cracking wind from the West or South West or even the East or South East then this 164ft schooner might romp up the whole North Sea without stopping, and focus on some great Scottish Islands before you reach Oban. Or if conditions are varied the the Isles of Scilly is a magical place of white sand and sub tropical flowers. Pembrokeshire, Isle of Man, Dublin, Anglesey  are all possibles to break your journey

Coastlines with Natural Beauty 

You are passing some of the best coastal landscapes in Britain - so the natural anchorages off these coasts are sublime. Pembrokeshire with its offshore islands. The Mountains of Snowdonia, cliffs of Anglesey, Mountain of Mourne in Northern Ireland and the Lake District. Scottish islands of Arran, Islay, Jura, and Mull all have big mountain backdrops so watch out for eagles on the summer thermals. Oosterschelde has sailed around the world and is more than happy to anchor and use ships boats, rather than head for the nearest big port. 

Dive off the Bowsprit 

Rope swings and jumping off the bowsprit is popular with guests and crew alike. there is a bar too so you could just relax with a beer or wine and watch the silly antics.  This voyage has a lot of miles to cover so it is not all stop and play, but watching the sun set from Oosterschelde's wide stable decks as you sail along is just as pleasant.

You really don't have to do this to go for a swim at anchor!
You really don't have to do this to go for a swim at anchor!

Civilised dining below

Waiting for the bell to ring for dinner is one of the nicest times of day. Maybe a guest will play the piano in the saloon whilst you wait to see what the cook has produced. Long polished wood tables make every meal feel very civilised, with brass light fittings and fans from a different era and plenty of natural light streaming in.

Celtic nations & Music

If you manage to sail the full length of the Irish Sea and South West Scotland without bumping in to some traditional live music ashore, we will be very surprised.

Mountain backdrops and superb sailing in South West Scotland
Mountain backdrops and superb sailing in South West Scotland. Photo Melissa Williams

Gateway to the Highlands

Byond the Mull of Kintyre is really feels like you are entering the Highlands. If you have never been to Western Scotland, arriving by sea is a great way of beginning to understand the country. The heather will be coming out on the peat moorlands of Jura and Islay, and if you stop near one of the distilleries and taste the very distinctive whiskies of these islands you will get a taste of the landscape too.

On the South West tip of Mull is the Island of Iona, so if you make good time then a quick pilgrimage to the Abbey  is worth it, and some beach-combing for shells on the beautiful beaches nearby. Oban itself is picturesque and a stroll up to the folly on the hill might give you your last photo of Oosterschelde in this perfect natural harbour. Plenty of ferries from her to the Inner and Outer Hebrides if you want to continue your travels.

square rig sailing as well as big gaff sails and topsails on oosterschelde
square rig sailing as well as big gaff sails and topsails on oosterschelde

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

This is peak summer for Europe so you will get a sun or wind tan, whatever the weather does. Some rough seas possibly - both ocean swell in the South West Approaches or North of Ireland, and tidal overfalls in shallow places with strong tides like Chanel de Four or St Georges channel. Ireland or the UK provides some protection but the North Sea has a big enough fetch to create choppy seas. More sheltered between Islay and Jura and as you approach Oban. Seas are at their warmest now.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Oosterschelde Piano in the saloon for a bit of honky tonk jazz?
Oosterschelde Piano in the saloon for a bit of honky tonk jazz?

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • personal travel insurance

 

 

Douarnenez, Brittany

Latest port updates

Grayhound has her own berth at Port Rhu and the port is small enough for you to be able to easily spot her distinctive wooden masts. 

How to get here

Douarnenez is about five and a half hours' drive from Paris via Rennes, Lorient and Quimper. Quimper is also the best destination for air and rail connections to the region. There are regular bus connections between Quimper and Douarnenez, taking about 35 minutes. From Quimper, there are high speed trains to Paris (4 hours) and to other parts of France.

By Bike

Take the Plymouth to Roscoff Ferry (Approx £35), it is then a 97 km ride via the D75

By Road

Douarnenez is about five and a half hours' drive from Paris via Rennes, Lorient and Quimper. Quimper bus/train station – Douarnenez tourist info office 40 mins Line 51 bus runs every two hours. ( different on Sundays) Approx 3 Euros

Douarnenez

Rail & transfers

Option 1

Portsmouth – St Malo Ferry – St Malo take the train change at Rennes for Quimper approx 3 hours 40 mins. Train is approx 50 Euros. Both trains run hourly.

Option 2

Travel on the Eurostar from London to Paris. Train from Paris Montparnasse station via Rennes (sometimes direct) to Quimper train station. 3 hours 40 mins. Approx 100 Euros , runs every two hours, sometimes hourly.

Option 3

Plymouth – Roscoff Ferry –  Although Roscoff is closest to Douarnenez, it is by far the hardest place to get to Douarnenez by public transport. The ferry and trains do not link, therefore waiting the morning in Roscoff for a train to Morlaix, to take you to Brest which then allows you to get to Quimper. The journey does work but it is slow. If you fancy a morning in Roscoff and are determined to do this route please let us know as you may be later than the joining time.

Air & transfers

Quimper airport is about 20 minutes by taxi from Douarnenez, has flights to Paris while Brest airport connects to Paris, Lyon, Birmingham, Southampton and other destinations. Fly from London City Airport to Quimper then bus to Douarnenez

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Act historically, experience real sailing today, look to the future, get onboard Grayhound.

Some of our crew bike one way and sail the other. Roscoff to Douarnenez is 97 km via the D75. We stow your bikes under the cover in the rowing gigs on the deck of Grayhound. 

Douarnenez is home port for sailing lugger Grayhound. She offers the opportunity to help revive tradition and trade under sail between France and the UK. Rather than needing to plan your travel back or to this Breton port, why not take a look at Grayhound's schedule and sail back across the channel?

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

B & B/Chambres d’hotes our recommendation in Douarnenez   http://www.pour-les-vacances.com/site-9780/

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Oban, Scotland

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Getting to Oban

By Train
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.

By Road:

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond. When you get to Tyndrum turn to port (left) onto the A85 for Oban. Find the North Quay and then further into Town and near Tesco you will find secure parking at Oban Car Hire which does have to be paid for. Please call 01631 566476 for opening times and charges.

Other Parking Options:

Since 2018 there is now no long stay Council Parking or free car parking. Please let us know if you find anywhere that might be suitable for sailors on an Oban to Oban voyage

There are private secure car parks for a fee.

For larger vehicles like motor homes, the Visitor Centre suggests contacting the following companies for parking:

Stoddards Campsite - offers parking

Hazel Bank Motors (otherwise known as Oban Car Hire) - offers car parking  www.obancarhire.co.uk

McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking

By Coach

CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Oban has been described as one of the most scenic travel destinations. The sheltered port of Oban (“little bay” in Gaelic) is surrounded by views of earth, sea and sky, which have enthralled artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries.

Known as the gateway to Argyll and the Western Isles, Oban is the perfect origin for your own journey to discover the enchantment of the west coast of Scotland. Oban has always been known as the traveller’s rest. As a small town with a resident population of 8,500 this unofficial capital of the West Highlands often swells with large numbers of visitors.

Oban is renowned for its glorious gardens, its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, islands all around, ancient monuments and castles, and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting - especially from pilot cutters and tall ships. Queen Victoria visited the town and gave it the royal seal of approval when she described it as "one of the finest spots we have seen".

Accommodation
There are lots of places to stay in Oban, The Official Oban Tourist Office has the best local directory.

Oosterschelde

Oosterschelde's sleek lines and huge sail area has sailed her charter crews around the world twice including a rounding of Cape Horn purely under sail in 2013, and as far afield as the Arctic, Australia and Antarctica. Be part of her guest crew as she continues to explore the very best cruising grounds with exciting schedules planned each year. It is not all hardcore sailing: Oosterschelde has the most spacious and elegant living space of all our fleet, and loves to explore warm places too like Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Brazil and Cuba. 

If you want an example of sail power, Oosterschelde is the real thing. A 'National Historic Monument' in the Netherlands, she is the only remaining working example of a large fleet of fast schooners that carried cargoes at the beginning of the last century.

Statistics
  • Length overall:164ft (50.00m)
  • Length on deck: 131.00ft (40.10m)
  • Year built:  1917/1992
  • Vessel type/rig: Three masted schooner 

 

  • Guest berths:24
  • Crew berths:   7

 

 

Oosterschelde off Cape Verde
Winter Sun. Oosterschelde off Cape Verde

What Oosterschelde Does Best

Seeks Out Perfect Sailing Grounds

For a while Oosterschelde was the Dutch sailors secret holiday favourite. The tall ship was known in her own country for her first Round the World Voyage in 1992 and sailing expeditions for wildlife and wilderness lovers in places like Spitsbergen. Classic Sailing has been working with this impressive tall ship for a decade now, and we are proud to have helped her reach a wider international audience.  Part of her success is her impeccable taste in sailing destinations.  Her small professional crew chose sailing programmes that stay close to their ethos for following the trade winds or historic routes, anchoring in wild places, appreciating nature and getting to know resilient island communities.

You don't have to go aloft but the view is great on Oosterschelde
You don't have to go aloft but the view is great on Oosterschelde. Photo Arthur Smeets

Impressive Sail Power

Oosterschelde is a three masted topsail schooner which means she has a mizzen, mainsail, and fore gaff - all with topsails above and many jibs on her huge bowsprit.  This means you can tack her upwind like a super yacht. On her foremast she also has three square sails so at tall ships races she can compete with the biggest Class A square riggers, and she can notch up the miles downwind too.

Her lofty rig carries an incredible 9,590 sq ft of sail (891 sq metres) but there are only 12 sails.  With a small professional crew, setting the huge gaff sails takes teamwork from the guest crew, but once they are up you have an 'ocean thoroughbred' to enjoy. 

Steering Oosterschelde in the Caribbean
Steering Oosterschelde in the Caribbean

Tasteful Interior from a Bygone Era

You enter the ships saloon down a wide companionway stairs to a real treat.  The vast old cargo hold in the heart of the ship has been tastefully converted into a dining area, bar and library with period furnishings from the era of ocean liners.  There is even a mezzanine deck from the saloon with leather sofas to relax on.

The cabins are separate so this stylish grand space is for the guest crew to relax and socialise.  There is even a piano and a wood burning stove.  There are skylights to deck here and in the cabins that can be opened in the tropics to allow natural ventilation.

Oosterschelde has a large galley and professional cook and you can buy drinks at the bar when off watch.

Schooner Oosterschelde has a spacious and elegant saloon with a bar and a piano


I  want to thank the crew for the three magnificent days passed on board, between "Golfe du Morbihan" and "Le Havre". I sailed on numerous occasions on about ten different ships, and this sailing on Oosterschelde is the best experience I ever had. I was impressed by the good performances of the ship, and by the way the crew adjusts sails permanently so that the ship always gives the best ; it was an immense pleasure to participate of my best in all these operations. I regret that our different languages did not allow us to communicate more, because all the crew members were really very nice and very thoughtful with us. I have now only an envy: to embark again on Oosterschelde, to be on the deck to participate in the laborers of sails, to climb on the mast to help the crew, and to share again these excellent moments given by sailing on Oosterschelde !!!" Gilbert Pépin Location: Vernon, France  

What to Expect on Oosterschelde

Photo by Arthur Smeets. Setting the main sail requires teams on two halliards
Photo by Arthur Smeets. Setting the main sail requires teams on two halliards

Oosterschelde Sailing Style

On board Oosterschelde, as on all of Classic Sailing holidays, you are not a passenger but part of the guest crew. You will be assigned a watch together with the professional crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. No sailing experience is necessary. The crew will be happy to explain the functions of all the ropes.

On a fore and aft rigged schooner there is more sail trimming, tacking and gybing than you might find on a square rigger, so at times on watch you may be very busy. With two square sails there is still an excuse (if you need it) to go aloft.

11 knots in tropical Cape Verde trade winds
11 knots in tropical Cape Verde trade winds

Life on Board

Oosterschelde is very well known in Holland and a favourite of sea and nature lovers. Her ethos is one of active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being explored and its wildlife. Below decks the two and four cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. Showers are separate. The lounge is very stylish with a wood burning stove (for Spitsbergen trips etc) a piano and library. All cabins have forced ventilation and a window or hatch to open. In hot sailing areas like Cape Verde the ever present trade winds keep it a pleasant temperature below decks. She has a large galley and professional cook and you can buy drinks at the bar. On board euros are accepted but not credit cards.

Oosterschelde is well used to running sailing expeditions to remote places like Spitsbergen, Antarctica, Indonesia with well educated guests interested in nature, walking, maritime history and local culture ashore. Whilst the ship does do social projects / sail training, for most the year the hospitality and style of sailing is geared towards adults on an adventure holiday. The landing places will be carefully selected to show you the best of each island and there will be some organised expeditions ashore.

The Captain or mate will hold a daily meeting to explain the plan for the day.  Whilst Oosterschelde is a Dutch ship, crews are multi national so English is the common language most things are explained in. 

Schooner Oosterschelde: Going ashore by zodiac in Cape Verde
Photo by Arthur Smeets. Trip ashore in Cape Verde

Accommodation on Oosterschelde

Photo by Arthur Smeets. The saloon on Oosterschelde is huge and even has a piano
Oosterschelde Ship Specification: Up the rigging on this impressive topsail schooner by Arthur Smeets

Below Decks on Oosterschelde

Oosterschelde is very spacious below decks.  There is a wide main companionway down to the main saloon, which is proably one of the most impressive ships interiors in the Classic Sailing Fleet. What was once the main cargo hold on this historic sailing ship, is a large open plan saloon, bar and library with an 'upstairs' lounge with leather sofa's and a DVD screen - hidden in a wooden cabinet.  The saloon has long polished oak tables so an evening meal has an atmosphere not that dissimilar to a Captain's Great Cabin.  There is a piano and a woode burning stove and books, magazines and wildlife guide in many languages.  Oosterschelde is fitted out for ocean travelling and comfortable extended expeditions well away from her home port of Rotterdam.

You can buy alcoholic drinks at the bar if you are not on watch.  Teas and coffee are free and available throughout the day.  There is a professional chef on board and meals on board are an important and much anticipated part of the voyage.  

Guests playing the piano in Oosterschelde's saloon
Guests playing the piano in Oosterschelde's saloon. Photo by Arthur Smeets

Heating and Ventilation

There is underfloor heating in parts of the ship, plus the warmth from the wood burning stove, which is useful in destinations like Antarctica or Spitsbergen. In hotter climates there is a ventilation system and each cabin has a skylight which can be opened in all but the roughest weather.

Cabins with washbasins

Oosterschelde can take 24 guest crew overnight and has 6-7 professional crew - Captain, Mate, Cook, Engineer, and 2-3 deckhands. She sometimes carries a wildlife or local guide.

If you ever want to hire the whole ship for a function or day sail she can take 120 persons which gives you an idea of the scale of this three masted sailing ship

The majority of the cabins are aft of the main saloon down a corridor which only leads to the cabins so is fairly quiet. There are showers and toilets in the corridor just outside the cabins. There are also two 2 person cabins either side of the main companionway stairs with showers and toilets just outside in the corridor.  Oosterschelde has 2 and 4 person cabins and all have a washbasin with hot and cold running waters inside each cabin.  The beds are all bunks and bed linen is all provided.  The crew quarters is in a separate area.

Two person cabin on Oosterschelde with a wash basin
Two person cabin on Oosterschelde with a wash basin

Equipment and Safety

The ship is equipped and certified for world wide charter operation under Dutch Law, which includes all safety equipment and crew qualifications and level of training.  Oosterschelde is fairly self sufficient with a water maker and big fresh water tanks plus 15 000 litres of diesel for engine, heating and 2 generators. Navigation and communications equipment is in the wheelhouse behind the beautiful ships wheel.  Oosterschelde has radar, two compass types, GPS, echo sounder, sextant, SSB radio (medium range, Inmarsat C fax terminal, 4 VHF sets.

Contact with Family and Friends

In case of emergency the ship can be reached directly on the iridium satellite phone (number supplied to guests booking.) but this is very expensive.  The ship is in regular contact with the ships office in Rotterdam by Inmarsat Sat C when out of normal phone range.

Oosterschelde Accommodation - Deck Layout
Oosterschelde Accommodation - Deck Layout

 

Oosterschelde Ship Specification: Up the rigging on this impressive topsail schooner by Arthur Smeets
Up the rigging on this impressive topsail schooner by Arthur Smeets

Oosterschelde - Full Ship Specification 

Three masted topsail schooner - sail area   891 sq m
Built (restored to sail) 1918 1988-1992
home port Rotterdam  
Length overall   50 m
Length on deck   40.12 m
draft   3 m
guest crew 24  
professional crew 5  
Engine    
     
     

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

The ‘Oosterschelde’ is equipped to sail the world’s seas. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On board of the ‘Oosterschelde’ you will be part of the crew yourself. That is why attention will be paid to instructions and exercises of for instance safety procedures on board and your role in these, but there will also be attention for sailing instructions.

The ship is able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Preservable food is usually brought on board in the Netherlands. Vegetables, fruit, fish and meat will be bought locally. About 16.000 litres of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the generators and the main engine.

There are two rubber dinghies with outboard engines and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore.

In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder etc.

Oosterschelde hot on the heels of Europa in Australia. Photo Ruud Blokj
Oosterschelde hot on the heels of Europa in Australia. Photo Ruud Blokj

Navigation & Communications

For navigation and communication purposes the ‘Oosterschelde’ is equipped with a radar set, two compasses, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-cfax terminal, iridium telefphones, marine telephones.

Captain and Crew Profiles on Oosterschelde

The crew generally consist of the captain, mate, engineer, boatswain, two ordinary seamen (AB’s) and a cook. The crew is qualified according to the STCW ’95 standards. This means that the captain and mate have a certificate of competency for ships of this size for a worldwide trading area, plus a special module for sailing ships. They must also have the certificates Marcom-A, Radar Observer, Radar Navigator, Medical care on board, Advanced fire fighting, etcetera. Before anyone can be appointed as an officer they need to be able to show that they have spend a considerable amount of time at sea as an AB. The regular deck crew has passed the course ‘safety at sea’, and every crew member has passed a complete medical check up which is necessary for sailing at sea. The regular crew is not only concerned with sailing the ship, but they also instruct the guest crew and help them get used to life on board. In addition, the crew is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the ‘Oosterschelde’.

Captain Gerben Nab

Gerben has been involved in Oosterschelde from the beginning an sailed on two Round the World Voyages.  He splits his time between being Captain on board and director back in Rotterdam and keeps this busy historic ship running.  Gerben can often be found getting stuck into practical tasks like fashioning a new bowsprit or supervising dry docking and is well known throughout the Dutch traditional sailing community.

 

Captain Gerben Nab is also the Operations Director of Oosterschelde
Captain Gerben Nab is also the Operations Director of Oosterschelde

Captain Maarten de Jong

Maarten is a larger than life character that has worked his way up from mate to Captain on Oosterschelde. Maarten has sailed around the World on Oosterschelde and dealt with every sort of weather. He loves to teach crews about sailing, sail trim and loves to create quite a splash when jumping in the sea!

Oosterschelde Captain Maarten de Jong
Oosterschelde Captain Maarten de Jong. Photo by Becky Prizeman
Current sailing grounds

Oosterschelde - Kit List

lots of swell in Cape Verde

Oosterschelde Kit List

Included

 

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Oosterschelde does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Oosterschelde has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.

Oosterschelde - Kit List

lots of swell in Cape Verde

Oosterschelde Kit List

Included

 

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Oosterschelde does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Oosterschelde has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.

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