I own a small sailing yacht, love to sail but don't do it as often as I like to. Meeting up with new people and combining that with a day of sailing can't go wrong. So I'm offering to host day sailing trips om my boat.
In winter? Yes, in winter! Especially in winter! We've probably got the entire lake to ourselves and as long as it's dry we'll have a great day. If the sun is out as well that's even better. According to the current forecast, next sunday promises to be such a day. Dry, and a daytime temperature of about 10 degrees. Wear something warm, take a warm hat and gloves with you and you'll be fine. There are a few fleece beanies and gloves on board if you don't have any. And there is always the cabin to warm up in - pooring the hard-working folks in the cockpit some drinks is always a good excuse to get inside and warm up.
The Don't Panic is an Etap 28i. It can comfortably fit 5 to 6 people in the cockpit. I'm also a certified sailing instructor, so don't worry, there's a good chance that we'll get back in port dry and in one piece ;-) Experienced skipper? Great, less to do for me ;-). Never sailed before? No problem at all!
I've got a full set of sails on board: Laminate genoa & mainsail (both Doyle, 2011), a Gennaker (also from Doyle) and a Spinaker (picture below is with the old main and halfwinder, I don't have these anymore). Anyway, fun is guaranteed! As for comfort, there is a toilet, a fridge and an oven, so yes, we can warm up to hot soup with freshly baked French bread after a few hours of winter sailing ;-)
The Don't Panics' berth is in marina Lemsterpoort in Sloten, Friesland, about an hours drive from Amsterdam or Utrecht. Sloten is located about 45 minutes of sailing from the IJsselmeer, and right in the center of the beatiful Frisian lakes area. During the in-season months, when bridges are running, a number of longer inland circular trips can be done from Sloten. But getting out onto the IJsselmeer and hoisting the Spinaker or Genaker on a nice and long downwind course is also an option, depending on everyone's preferences and the weather. The IJsselmeer simply isn't much fun anymore beyond 6 bft on a 28ft yacht.
From november through march the inland bridges are unfortunately closed. So the only option for a winter trip is going south, onto the Grote Brekken (which is quite a large inland lake) and/or through the Prinses Margriet locks onto the IJsselmeer. But in these months, with colder weather, just getting out on the water for a a couple of hours is usually enough for a satisfied feeling! ;-) And the Grote Brekken is large enough for that. Going for coffee or hot choco in Lemmer, and then back again to Sloten usually is a recipe for a great day!
Getting to Sloten with public transport (in a reasonable amount of time) is almost impossible and really not worth considering for a day trip. By car(pooling) is usually the best option. I have a few seats available, driving north from 's-Hertogenbosch via Utrecht and Almere (A2/A27/A6).
Any costs, as far as there are any, will be shared. I'll arrange for something to drink and eat (lunch and warm soup for when we get back). We'll also burn a bit of diesel using the engine. About EUR 7,50 a person should cover that.