Combination trip: Kiel - Brest
Combination trip of two short voyages.
Kiel - Brest
Sun. 28 - 06 - '20
Thu. 09 - 07 - '20
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The OOSTERSCHELDE is moored along the Sartorikai in Kiel on walking distance from Kiel Central Station. The captain will welcome all guests onboard. As soon as everybody is on board, he will explain all the (safety) rules onboard and will go through the plans for the voyage. We will depart that same day and sail via the Kiel Fjord to the locks of Holtenau, where we will spend the night. Early next morning we will go through the locks to the ‘Nord-Ostsee Kanal’. There is a lot to see on the channel, for example the impressive bridges and the big seagoing vessels that we come across or pass us by. During the period on the channel we give you instructions on the rigging and about sailing with a three-masted topsail schooner. As soon as we are at Brünsbuttel we set sail on the Elbe. With all the big vessels around us it is very adventurous to sail on this fast-flowing river. We hope for a high-pressure area with an easterly wind, so we can sail the whole voyage. In Scheveningen we make a short stop. If you booked the first leg of this sailing trip you will disembark, but there will also be new guests joining us for the rest of the sailing voyage to Brest. As soon as everyone is on board, we will set sail.
At sea we start the watch system. The watches are divided, and everyone is invited to help navigate, steer, trim the sails, do ropework or whatever there is to do on board. But there is also enough time to read a book or stare at the horizon and the waves. The OOSTERSCHELDE offers the opportunity to experience this sailing voyage just the way you like. There is enough time for stops along the way. In the French harbour of Fécamp there is a small maritime festival. We want to make a stop here. There will be many other ships in port and there is lots to do. If the voyage goes fast, we will make another stop on the northside of Brittany. For instance, in L'Aber Wrac'h. Brittany has a long and extraordinary coastline, with beautiful hiking route that are suitable for all levels of fitness. A few years back we were able to make a stop on d'Ouessant. This island marks the entrance of the English Channel. If the sea is calm, we might be able to sail via ‘Canal du Four’ to the bay of Brest. The ‘Canal du Four’ is a small strait along the Brittany coast, that is infamous for the strong current and famous lighthouses. On the southside of the bay there is a small fishermen’s village called Camaret-sur-Mer and it would be perfect for the last days. There is a beautiful walking route along the coast. On the last night we will arrive in Brest and the next day after breakfast it is time to say goodbye.
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. 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.