Go sailing in Friesland

  • December 1, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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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.

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  • Torc

    Great day - thanks again Roel

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys, sorry for missing out on the trip and instead landing up at a hospital today morning!! never thought it will turn out to be a hospital meetup for me!! Anyways...hope you guys had a great time...cheers

    December 1, 2013

    • Roel

      No problem, too bad you had to miss! Did everything work out ok for you?

      December 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yeah! I guess..back at home!! but still kinda upset on missing a great day out with u guys...will you be posting any pics? as a way to make me realize I need to bike more carefully:-)

      December 2, 2013

  • Anna

    I've enjoyed this small sailing trip a lot :)) hope to do it again, thank you Roel!

    December 1, 2013

    • Roel

      You're welcome. It was good having you all aboard, I had a great day! And thanks a lot for helping out with the sails, winebottles ;-) and other stuff!

      1 · December 1, 2013

    • Roel

      By the way, who made that one picture we have to prove we were actually out there? ;-)

      December 1, 2013

  • Sally M.

    Hi Roel
    This is Kevin Sally's partner sorry for the late reply but am out of the country will be back tonight but see with the long waiting list not much chance. I am near to getting my YMA skipper licence having done the miles and the theory. I can't make the 8th but think it's a great idea what your doing. Hope I can get to sail with you next year
    Kevin

    November 30, 2013

    • Roel

      You're welcome next year. As for the 8th, looking at the weather forecast for next week, chances are slim for another trip then. Current one-week forecast show a lot of wind and rain on Saturday, and temperatures dropping to just above freezing. There is no prediction for sunday yet, but I don't think it'll be much better.

      November 30, 2013

  • saida o.

    I want to attend! still possible?

    November 26, 2013

    • Roel

      Hello Saidi. Unfortunately, we're full and there is a (huge) waiting list. Keep a watchful eye on the group, there might be one more sailing event this year. Otherwise, you're more than welcome on a trip next year. The season starts sometime around the end of march so keep an eye on the group.

      November 26, 2013

  • Raquel

    Hi Roel, I see that there is a looong waiting list :( What a pity! I would have loved to join you guys! I love to sail and I haven't done it since I am here! If I am lucky and I could attend I can pick up people in Amterdam :) Cheers! Raquel

    November 26, 2013

  • Koral T.

    heyy, thanks for this opportunity. i also sail for 3 years, i attended many races and at the end i received skipper license. however, i never sailed in netherland before. i hope in next weeks, you will organize it again and i can make it too. thanks.

    November 26, 2013

    • Taras K.

      I would also join next week )

      November 26, 2013

  • virginie

    You can count on me on the 8 th! Virginie

    November 26, 2013

  • virginie

    You can count on me on the 8 th! Virginie

    November 26, 2013

  • Simona

    Can i take the last spot left? It s a great idea....can't wait!!!

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Great! You might be able to arrange something with Vineeth (see his question below). Not having to pickup anyone will give me the freedom to be a bit early, get some small maintenance jobs done and have the coffee ready when you guys arrive.

      November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Simona, I live near ams zuid in amsterdam...can you advise a suitable meeting point...

      November 26, 2013

  • Vicky N

    Great idea. Hopefully there'll be more next year!!!

    November 25, 2013

  • Rudolf P.

    Hi Roel,

    I see I'm on the waiting list.. Well if anyone cancels I'll be sure to attend! Just call me:[masked] is my number. I can bring a kitesurfing kite or two if you'd like to play with that, it might help make the boat go faster :-).

    November 25, 2013

  • virginie

    Waou Roel!! cant come :-(
    But can you promiss to organise it 1 more time? ! :-)

    Enjoy everybody! virginie

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Yes, I will. Next year for sure. But with all this enthousiasm, I'm tempted to plan one more day of sailing this year, which will be on the 8th. All other weekends are already spoken for. I'll make the decision towards the end of the week, based on the weather forecasts. It's on if there is no risk of night temperatures well below 0 and a good outlook for the day itsself.

      November 25, 2013

  • Anna

    yyh.... I was just late, hope to join you next time! I am passionate sailor with lake and offshore/ocean sailing experience. it would be great to be on board again :)

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      You're first in line, so there's still a chance! If weather permits, I might schedule one more event this year. I have nothing planned yet for the 8th, so that would be an option - save the date!

      1 · November 25, 2013

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    November 25, 2013

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    November 25, 2013

  • Roel

    Wow, that filled up pretty fast, within an hour after Venkat published it ;-)

    Do you all have transportation already? I have a few seats left in the car and could pick up people at trainstation Almere Buiten. However, depending on the temperature forecasts for the next few weeks, there is a good chance that I'll decide to call it a year and take home the sails afterwards. Which would limit the number of seats in my car to three (including myself).

    November 25, 2013

  • Taras K.

    Hi!
    I just did a non stop sailing on this weekend from Enkhuizen to Harlingen, around Vlieland, Texel to Den Helder, Den Over and back to Enkhuizen on a rental boat. Was extremely nice. Did catch some wind force 8!
    So I'm interesting about your trip, but would like to know more details - is it a one day trip or a multi-day one? How many miles do we plan to do?
    I'm quite interesting in doing a non-stop sailing to cover more miles....

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Hi Taras.. Sounds like you had a great weekend! As for my activities, just daysailing for now. Who knows, a multiday trip might be an option in the future, but usually I'd prefer to know people a bit better for that. 28ft isn't huge, so you really need to get along ;-)

      As for the number of miles: hugely dependent on the wind and chosen route. A day of Inland sailing tends to log less miles than going downwind with a spi on the IJsselmeer. But both are just as much fun!

      November 25, 2013

  • Nicole

    Sounds awesome!!!I would like to join but I already registered another event. Hopefully I can make it next time. Maybe a summer sailing. ooh...

    November 25, 2013

  • Torc

    Hi Roel, if there are still spaces, we would be two people(coming from Amsterdam)?

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Hi Torc, I was just updating settings for the event as I couldn't do that before the event was made public. But yes, there is still room, so you're welcome. We can go up to 6 people, which means that there is now 1 spot left. Do you guys have transportation?

      November 25, 2013

  • Bruno F.

    That's a nice idea. Unfortunatly I can't make it that we. Would like to join another time :-)

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Hi Bruno.. Next time will probably be next year. As forecasts show night temperatures to drop well below freezing in about two weeks the boat will have to be prepared for winter - meaning I'll take the sails home and prepare the engine and thru-hulls with antifreeze. Unfortunately, no more winter sailing after that.

      November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is great!! after my mountain trekking in himalayas, this is on! but anybody travelling via amsterdam?

    November 25, 2013

    • Roel

      Vineeth, if you can't find anyone leaving from Amsterdam, I could pick you up at NS station Almere-Buiten. That's probably the best train station as it's just a few minutes from the A6.

      November 25, 2013

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