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2001 Sailing Trip to the Netherlands:
Our plan is to make a clockwise path through the Markermeer, the IJsselmeer and
the Waddenzee. All sailing
itineraries have to be viewed as optimistic works of fiction, since
our course will be determined by wind, weather, tides and touristing
opportunities. With that in mind, here is our current plan.
Monnickendam to Enkhuizen
Our sailing area for this trip will be on two enclosed bodies of water:
the Markermeer, and the IJsselmeer; and another body of water
called the Waddenzee, which is between
the mainland of the Netherlands and a set of barrier islands. On the
other side of these islands is the North Sea. Until the
Afsluitdijk (a dike) was completed in 1932, this entire body of water was
called the Zuiderzee. Starting at Monnickendam on the Markermeer
as we approach Enkhuizen, we will leave the Markermeer and enter the
IJsselmeer by passing
through a lock. Enkhuizen,
an interesting town to walk around in, has as a highlight, the
Zuiderzeemuseum which contains
both an indoor section, and an outdoor section. The later consists of
from the period 1880-1932, which seems similar in concept to Mystic
Seaport. There is also the
Flessenscheepjesmuseum (ship-in-a-bottle museum).
From Monnickendam to Enkhuizen is about 17nm.
Den Oever, Oudeschild (Texel), Oost Vlieland (Vlieland)
From Enkhuizen, we will continue north to den Oever, where we will
lock out of the IJsselmeer and probably head to Oost Vlieland on
the island Vlieland. Oost Vlieland is the only town on the island.
Since there are no cars on the island, renting bicycles seems like the
way to get around. You can check the
Oost Vlieland weather or
examine a small map of the island.
The map is part of a larger site in Dutch about Vlieland.
If you look carefully at the map, you will notice by the different
colored blue waters that much of the Waddenzee is shallow, so we
will be watching our tide tables, and keeping to the marked channels.
As an alternative we may stop at Oudeschild, which is on Texel,
which is due north of den Oever. From Enkhuizen to Oost Vlieland is
about 39 miles, while Enkhuizen to Oudeschild is 28 miles.
West Terschelling (Terschelling)
From Oost Vlieland, our next stop is a short romp eastward
through the Waddenzee
to the next barrier island Terschelling. There is information on
the yacht harbor including charts.
And you can always check the weather.
Here is a bit more information on
Things to do include a bird sanctuary on the island of which tours
might be available, and a maritime museum with information on the
home boy Willem Barents of Arctic discovery fame. Barents discovered Spitzbergen
(a future sailing trip?). Oost Vlieland to West Terschelling is a short 6nm
After cycling around Terschelling, we will head back to the main land,
stopping at Harlingen, a center for
traditional dutch boats. This trip
requires some tide planning, so we both have enough water, and also
so that the tides are in our favor.
Once a center for Dutch tiles, Harlingen is once again a place
tiles can be purchased. At Harlingen, we will enter the Van Harinx kanaal on
our way to the Princess Margriet kanaal.
We will be spending the next 2 or 3 days in canals in the province of
Actually, our two previous island stops were also part of
this province. [Texel is part of the province of North Holland]. Basically,
we are going to make a U shaped path
from Harlingen east to Leeuwarden
(the capital of Friesland) and then southwest to Lemmer, possibly
stopping in Sneek on the way to Lemmer. Here is another
map to get your bearings. West Terschelling to
Harlingen is a 13nm hop.
There is no shortage of things to do in Leeuwarden. The
Fries Museum, which has an
extensive collection and
includes an exhibit on their home town girl, Mata Hari. There is
also the Nederlands Keramiek Museum in the Princessehof, which
has one of the leading collections of ceramics in the world. Harlingen to
Leeuwarden is about 15nm.
Depending on time, we may take a quick right turn to Sneek, a
maritime center in the fifteenth century, with a maritime museum,
the Sheepvart Museum en Oudheidkammer, but we may press on.
Leeuwarden to Sneek is about 15nm.
Though this article is 10 years old, and they had a much smaller boat
than we do,
Afloat in Friesland
by Alan Murphy (1990) gives a flavor for what it is like to sail in the canals.
Here is a little information on Lemmer,
and some pictures. Leeuwarden to Lemmer is about 21nm.
And now where?
Well, we have to get back to Monnickendam, but how much time will we
have? Will we have one
day or three days. It will depend on the weather we've seen,
and how long we stay at each previous stop. At Lemmer we are on
the east side of the IJsselmeer and need to get back to the west
side. From Lemmer to Monnickendam it is about 32.5nm. Maybe we'll stop at
famous for cheese and being the site of the shipyard that built the
Halve Maan (Half Moon) which brought Henry Hudson in 1609
to Manhattan and its Grote Kerk, or
(either of which is a short sail to Monnickendam) or maybe we will have
to head directly back to Monnickendam.
After getting off the boats and cleaning up, the sailing part of the trip
is over. For those interested, the trip leaders will have organized
transportation so we can head off to Amsterdam. You could easily spend a
month in Amsterdam and not see everything. The trip leaders are planning
on spending 3 days in Amsterdam, and flying out Saturday June 16. Hotels in
Amsterdam are expensive and tend to book up earlier. The trip leaders will
be staying at a medium priced hotel near the train station, which is within
distance to many of the city's attractions, but there are many other lodging
options available. There are many Amsterdam sites on the web,
as well as travel guides galore. Some options are:
canal rides, shopping districts,
the Van Gogh Museum,
the Netherlands Maritime Museum Amsterdam,
the Jewish Historical Museum,
Ann Frank House
and more. There are
easy group trips to
Zaanse Schans a windmill park,
and I think we will be near the
end of tulip season, but a trip to Keukenhof (tulip heaven) or
Aalsmeer Flower Auction might be in order.
It is entirely possible that one of the trip leaders will arrange a
trip to the Kröller-Müller Museum with
its amazing art collection and sculpture garden in the Hoge Veluwe National
Park near Arnhem.
If your interests are farther afield, there is no difficulty in hopping
a train to destinations such as Delft, Leiden, den Hague,
or even Belgium. The hotel that the trip leaders will be staying in
is within walking
distance (or using the excellent trolley system) of most of the
sites. To start you planning, here are some nice city maps. There are many
online sites about Amsterdam including this
Amsterdam Info site,
a Holland site,
World Factbook 2000 information on the Netherlands, and
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