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We invite students to board our lead sail boat or boat owners to join the fleet to journey to Northern/Southern Holland and/or Belgium. After considering the weather and other conditions the ultimate destination and route really depends upon the passage planning of the lead boat skipper.
The skipper of each craft must hold an International Certificate of Competence with a CEVNI (Inland Waterways) endorsement (training can be given). A VHF licence will also be required and each vessel must be insured for foreign travel. Don't forget your passport and EHIC card!
The package will include a pre-planning meeting, safety equipment checks, mechanical assistance, fueling facilities on passage, meteorological information, passage planning and advice. Each vessel will be responsible for their own running expenses, fuel costs, victuals and any mooring fees etc.
The trip will give you the confidence to tackle the trip across the North Sea or the Channel to explore more of the near Continent on independent holiday cruises in future.
Suggested Route - Southern Holland Flotilla
Leaving Levington with the lead boat, at times to suit individual capabilities of different vessels, we make for Belgium.
The plan is to head for Blankenberge in Belgium and then head North East along the coast to Vlissingen (Flushing) where you enter the inland waterways through the sea lock, but we all know how things can change.
From Vlissingen, traverse the Walcheren canal and take in the picturesque countryside via Middelburg and through the Veerse Meer into Oosterschelde to Zierikzee. Marvel at the bridge across the Oosterschelde and then explore some of the interesting historic ports on the Delta before leaving the Oosterschelde through the Roompotsluis sea lock and setting sail to Harwich.
The return journey could change, depending on the weather, but there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local culture, food and drink. Memories of the inland waterways will remain with you for years.
If you would like to join one of our flotillas, either with your own boat, or by reserving a place on one of our boats, call the office on on 01473 659992.
Your craft should be equipped and provisioned for a 100-mile/20-hour open sea passage.
It should have basic safety equipment lifejackets, distress flares, VHF radio, suitable anchor with chain, tool kit. A liferaft is recommended but not compulsory.
You should carry at least two spare primary fuel filters and two secondary fuel filters, one water pump impeller and alternator belt. Spare fuel (10 litres) if practical.
Imray chart C30 or its equivalent is best for the passage . Dutch charts can be purchased when we arrive as they are much cheaper there.
French, Belgium and Dutch courtesy ensigns will be required.
This will depend on weather on the day.