Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure? Join us for Expedition Netherlands, a 37-day, 1200-mile voyage designed exclusively for young people aged 14 and above. This remarkable, life-changing voyage promises thrilling sailing and the opportunity to develop essential life skills.
From March 30th to May 5th, we will navigate the waters of the North Sea and the scenic inland waterways of the Netherlands. Our voyage begins and ends from Fowey, Cornwall, taking the young people on a tour of ports steeped in history and culture.
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During Expedition Netherlands, we will have the chance to visit various fascinating ports with unique charm and significance. From the maritime heritage of Cowes to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, young people will be immersed in history and natural beauty. We’ll explore the coastal delights of Ostende in Belgium and the maritime history of Vlissingen/Middelburg in the Netherlands. We’ll meander through picturesque canals and historic architecture in Dordrecht and witness modern innovation in Europe's largest port city, Rotterdam. Once in Rotterdam, we’ll visit places like the iconic Markthal!
We continue our expedition further inland to Gouda, known for its world-famous cheese market, and then on to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, where history and culture blend seamlessly. We plan to visit the Anne Frank House and the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam! Moving on, we’ll explore the historic Muiderslot Castle in Muiden, experience the charm of Medemblik on the Ijsselmeer, and enjoy the beauty of Makkum in Friesland.
The Friesian Islands are next, with our inland journey ending with a sail to Texel, an island known for its stunning landscapes and wildlife. We join the North Sea and start offshore sailing with a sail to Scheveningen, a Dutch seaside resort, and discover the coastal village of Breskens on the southern edge of the Netherlands before ending our European adventure in Calais, France, before finally crossing the Channel to the UK via Southampton, Salcombe and back to Fowey.
Expedition Netherlands is not just a sailing expedition; it's a transformative experience. Our voyages empower young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and crucial communication and leadership skills. Through teamwork, they'll discover the power of cooperation and gain insights into essential subjects like engineering, history, oceanography, ecology, geography, and mathematics.
We firmly believe that sailing provides unparalleled life lessons. As participants connect sailing with real-life challenges, these character traits develop organically, becoming ingrained in their personalities. These character "skills" are highly sought after by employers, making Expedition Netherlands an adventure and an investment in a young person's future.
Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey that will profoundly shape your child's life. Whether an experienced sailor or a complete novice, Expedition Netherlands is a chance for young people to discover the world, themselves, and the boundless potential within they have.
Weather brings Adventure
We strive to create the most exciting and enriching itineraries and embrace the unpredictability of nature as part of our adventures.
Our voyages offer a unique opportunity to connect with the elements and experience the thrill of sailing offshore.
While weather conditions can occasionally alter our planned routes, these moments of adaptability only add to the journey and lead to the most remarkable discoveries.
Come aboard with an open mind and an adventurous spirit, and let's set sail together on an extraordinary journey filled with exciting possibilities.
After booking we'll send you our crew handbook, but to help with those frequent questions we've also compiled a few useful answers below. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us using the form below.
As standard on all our voyages, the following is included:
- All meals aboard
- Snacks and drinks
- Safety Equipment
If a fee is payable, we will send an invoice/s (deposit & final payment) once we have confirmed your place aboard.
To help us minimize transaction fees, please consider paying via bank transfer.
When using Stripe, our payment processor, we incur a fee of 1.5% of the transaction amount plus an additional 20 pence per transaction.
Opting for a bank transfer saves on these fees and allows us to direct more of your voyage fee towards enhancing your sailing experiences.
- You need to have permission from your school to take part in this voyage. We are happy to meet with you and the school to help facilitate this.
- You must be aged at least 14 years old on the date of departure.
- You must hold a valid passport with at least six months until the expiration date beyond the date of return passage and have not travelled into the EU Schengen zone for more than 35 days in the last 180 days.
- Only nine places for young people are available on this voyage, and we expect to be oversubscribed. We will select participants after two rounds of shortlisting, the 1st via the application form and the second via an in-person selection day.
We plan to include entry to the Nemo Science Museum & Anne Frank House within the voyage fee. As we plan the voyage there may be additional visits arranged but these will be in consultation with parents.
We are using the following process to choose the young people taking part: An Online application form with screening questions, followed by a selection day on the 3rd of February, 2024.
Applications close on the 22nd January 2024.