Rotterdam - Kiel
Short summer trip
Rotterdam - Kiel
Tue. 16 - 06 - '20
Sun. 21 - 06 - '20
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The OOSTERSCHELDE will be waiting for you in the Leuvehaven in Rotterdam. When you arrive on board the coffee will be ready for you and family and friends who have accompanied you. There is enough time to show them the ship. The captain will welcome all the guests onboard. As soon as everybody is onboard, he will explain all the (safety)rules on board and will go through the plans for the voyage. Depending on the weather, he will decide to leave straight away or get a few hours of sleep and leave at dawn. We will follow the Dutch coast in northeast direction and sail north of the Dutch and German Wadden Islands. The prevailing wind is west most of the time, so with a bit of luck we will be under full sail during this part of the voyage. Our first stop will probably be on Helgoland. Thereafter we will sail in the direction of the estuary of the Elbe. It will be very adventurous to sail on this fast-flowing river, with all the big ships around us. At Brünsbuttel we pass the locks to the ‘Nord-Ostsee Kanal’, which is also known as the ‘Kieler Canal’. On this canal, which has been dug out by hand, big seagoing vessels will pass us. Remarkable are the many bridges we pass. For example, the Eisenbahnhochbrücke, which has been designed by Dr. H.C. Friedrich Voss, like all the bridges on the canal. All the bridges are high enough for the OOSTERSCHELDE to pass without any problems. We will probably make a stop in Rendsburg. The next day we go through the locks at Holtenau and enter the Kielerfjord, where we set the sails again. On the last day after breakfast it is time to say goodbye. The OOSTERSCHELDE will be on walking distance from the Central Station of Kiel, from which you can travel back home.
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.