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Sea sailing training – From Rotterdam to Scotland (520 miles)

27 May 2025 18:30
7 June 2025 10:30
Sailing area
North Sea
Port of departure
Rotterdam (NL)
Port of arrival
Inverness (UK)

From the heart of Rotterdam, we sail down the Nieuwe Waterweg to Scheveningen via the Erasmus Bridge on the first day. The start of the trip is relaxed, with a cup of coffee as we sail through four bridges, including the iconic Erasmus Bridge. It is fun and special to see Rotterdam from the water with all the busy shipping around us. The Nieuwe Waterweg is divided into VHF block channels to guide shipping, which is a learning aspect of this sea sailing training. Depending on the current, it will take about three hours of sailing until we reach the North Sea, a great opportunity to go over everything on deck.

In the evening, we make a sailing plan based on the weather reports, a hefty but instructive puzzle. We also learn how to interpret weather charts.

The next day we cross the English Channel to Whitby, a distance of 230 miles with busy shipping lanes, oil rigs and lots of shipping traffic. An instructive crossing where we sail through one to two nights, using radar and AIS, as well as practising with ship lights. We do this according to a watch system. Whitby is a beautiful and atmospheric old fishing port and if the wind is with us, we can still spend the afternoon here enjoying the pleasant English atmosphere and sights.

We sail on a 3-watch system, 3 hours on and 6 hours off. That way, you still get enough rest and are alert when your watch starts. Especially when it is colder (at night), this makes it easy to keep watch.

We will then sail further along the English coast up to Scotland. This means another night at sea, so again watch, active sailing and watching out for shipping, fishing and wind farms. The wind will determine the destination, but if we can, we will make a stopover in atmospheric Stonehaven. This sea sailing training ends in Inverness in the north of Scotland. We end the trip in a pub, with a meal and a beer.

In short, an educational sea sailing course because of the busy shipping lanes, strong currents and tidal puzzles, but above all, a wonderful sailing trip along a beautiful coast with nice ports.

Category E/A: Crossing with sea sailing training, where sailing also continues at night.


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Frequently asked questions

If you are travelling alone and have not booked a private cabin, you will be accommodated in a shared cabin. Shared cabins are normally occupied separately by gender Only on the Belle Amie and Seatrips yachts there are sometimes mixed cabins.

Yes, this is possible. However, there is only one menu per day on the programme. Therefore, please let us know during your booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

In principle, all our trips are suitable for both experienced and novice sailors. The professional crew on board will teach you everything you need to know. In some cases (e.g. on Atlantic crossings) initial sailing experience may be an advantage/requirement. In this case, this will be clearly indicated in the cruise description.


Double cabin young people up to 29 years old
Adult€ 2.159 p.p.
Double cabin (from 30 years)
Adult€ 2.399 p.p.
Single cabin
Adult€ 3.839 p.p.
Board cash
Adult€ from 2025 included in the price

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Accommodation on board in double cabins
Personnel costs for skipper and sailor
Bed linen & towels

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Board cash (for food & drink on board, fuel, water, shore power, harbour fees, tourist tax)
Food & drinks ashore
Travel to/from the port of departure
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