Adventure Sailing England-Germany. Sail in Kiel Canal & The Baltic
Sail from England to Germany and through the iconic Kiel canal
Always one of our favourite routes as we head to the Baltic. This is a perfect introductory passage, with lots of little challenges, great navigation training and relatively short distances. We will cross the English Channel and sail along the coast of France, probably bound for the Hague, in the Netherlands. From there, we'll sail up via the Frisian Islands to Germany, the River Elbe before transiting the famous Kiel canal and finishing in the Baltic at the town of Kiel.
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Please note: this route has higher mileage per day than many Rubicon 3 sailing expeditions, meaning there may not be as much time to explore ashore. It is, however, a sailor’s dream! Exact itinerary and stops will vary depending on weather and conditions at the time
Day 1 – Welcome to the team and off to the Isle of Wight
Jump on board between 0800 and 0900hrs on the joining day and make yourself at home. We’ll be berthed in Haslar Marina, Gosport, looking out onto Portsmouth harbour. Once everyone is on board, we’ll start to get to know the boat and each other – it never takes long for the laughter to start. After lunch, we’ll cast off the lines, and head out into the Solent for some training. We’ll learn and practice all the basics, so that everyone has got to grips with winches, sails and being on the helm. This first evening, we’ll probably stop in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and have a crew meal and beer.
Day 2 – Sailing along the south coast of England
Today, we’ll most likely head the 60nm to the seaside town of Eastbourne, passing Brighton and Newhaven as we go, before rounding Beachy Head and pulling into Eastbourne. This is a great opportunity to develop your sailing and navigation skills that bit further and all the crew will be navigating without GPS, preparing pilotage plans and helping run the boat.
Days 3 – East to Calais, France
Another 60-70nm sail, this is all about colregs, as we pass through the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The route between and Dover and Calais is so packed full of cargo ships, fishermen and ferries, it can be astonishing at times. We will have to keep an excellent watch at all times and our knowledge of the rules of the road will be tested to the full. There’s also an opportunity to really learn about tides as we pick our time to enter. Calais marina sits behind a gate, and once we are in, we are docked near the centre of town, and no doubt time for a pression and moules frites!
Days 4 & 5 – Passage to Amsterdam, Ijmuiden
The next morning, it’s up with the birds for a long sail north east, leaving France behind and heading along the Dutch coast, with the goal of Ijmuiden. This is around 150nm away, so we will be sailing all day and all night, making an entrance to the port early on day 5. The first night sail is always exhilarating and a really good test of how well the crew has progressed. Once we’re docked, it’s coffee and breakfast for everyone before we take the rest of the day off for some shut eye. Mid afternoon, it may well be the call to get a taxi and head into Amsterdam – surely one of the most beautiful and exciting cities of all.
Days 6 to 8 – Along the Frisian Islands to Cuxhaven
We now have three days to sail the 160nm to Cuxhaven in Germany, and the start of the Kiel Canal. We may choose to do a series of day sails, or it maybe we do one longer sail and then have a day to explore the islands. They were the setting for the famous Riddle of the Sands novel, written by Erskine Childers. Much of the decision will be made by the wind and the tidal times, but whichever approach we take, it’s a superb sail, great training and we will see some very special places.
Day 9 – Transiting the Kiel Canal
Today there’s no sailing, just the fascinating transit of the Kiel canal. We weave our way through the German countryside while giant cargo ships squeeze past. It is an incredible experience and one you will always remember. In the late afternoon, we will exit the canal into the Baltic Sea and pull into Kiel, our final destination for a very well earned night on the town!
Day 10 – Goodbyes
The end comes all too soon, but there’s no doubt that you’ll go home with some unforgettable memories and having had a huge amount of fun. After cleaning up, swapping photos and saying goodbye to the boat and the crew, you’ll be free to disembark from 1200h.
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JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Haslar Marina by 0900hrs on the start day. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
- Haslar is a short ferry ride from Portsmouth rail station and the nearest airport is Southampton
- You will disembark the boat in Kiel, Germany on the last day at 1200hrs
- Southampton (IATA code: SOU) and London (IATA code: LON) are both easily accessible from Portsmouth.
- The nearest major airport is Hamburg Airport (IATA code: HAM)
TRANSPORT TO HAMBURG OR LUBECK
- KIELIUS buses operate between Kiel and Hamburg Airport via Neumünster up to 19 times a day in each direction. They are quick, comfortable and inexpensive. The link is here.
- The average train time between Kiel and Lübeck Hbf is 1 hour and 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 44 trains per day travelling from Kiel to Lübeck Hbf.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING
Mostly day sailing, but may have an occasional night sail.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
- Any meals you eat ashore
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.
Trip booking summary
- Total Cost: £799
- Deposit to pay now: £250
- Balance to pay: £549
(Balance due 60 days prior to departure)
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