North-and Baltic Sea 2021

The North Sea is important for marine life, transport, energy and tourism. During our trip we will be rewarded with the unique scenic beauty on sea and along the coast.

About this trip

You will be  a valued teammember aboard of an 18 meter ocean racing winner by true ocean race winning legends: Hans Bouscholte and Erik van Vuuren.

  • Start: june 2021
  • Schevingen (NL) – Gdansk (PL)
  • € 1490,00

The North Sea is important for marine life, transport, energy and tourism. During our trip we will be rewarded with the unique scenic beauty on sea and along the coast. On the other hand we will experience its crowded shipping lanes to and from North Sea ports and Baltic ports all share routes on the North Sea, which are among the busiest in the world. Some say, if you can sail the North Sea you can sail everywhere.

When we leave Scheveningen we usually experience a beautiful downwind leg with South Westerly breeze. Obviously, a north easterly breeze it will be a tough upwind.  The first leg will bring us through the Dutch and German Wadden Sea towards Brunsbuttel, the entrance of Kieler Canal.

The Wadden Sea (UNESCO heritage)  is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The site covers the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area, the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area. Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed. And you understand what tidal means..

The North Sea coasts are home to numerous canals and canal systems to facilitate traffic between and among rivers, artificial harbours, and the sea. The Kiel Canal, connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, is the most heavily used artificial seaway in the world which saves an average of 250 nautical miles.

We will sail along the magnificent North German coast and through the Kieler canal, with its beautiful luscious green river beds by daylight. A brief stop in Kiel gives us the opportunity to a walk around and enjoy the watersport minded German city. And sail on to the Fehmarn Peninsula, leaving the Kieler Förde behind. Expect a long stretch of sailing towards the Pninsula of Rugen, with lots of maneuvering around this big peninsula island since we have to round it almost completely.

We continue the old East German border and sail to the Polish border close to Międzyzdroje.

Depending on the wind we either follow the Polish riviera towards Kolobzreg, Ustka or stay offshore when we have a carrying breeze. Slowly we reach the beautiful northern part in the Batic Sea called the Amber Coast. We sail on until Wladyslawowo, where a huge dyke arises and follow it until we reach the city of Hel. From here we descend into the bay of Gdansk.

When in Gdansk, do take the opportunity to explore he old town of Gdansk, an original Hanze Stad from the VOC era. And enjoy St Tropez of Poland, the city of Sopot in the vicinity.

In Gdansk, we will enjoy the hospitality of our sponsor Bolsius, who produces its candles in Poland.

In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the North-and Baltic Sea 2021departure.

Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. Consider at least: First Aid certification on board (3 year validity), Offshore Personal Survival Training (5 year validity) and VHF certification (lifetime validity).
2021 training schedules on the website.


Departure & Return Location

The crew will join the boat in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat. We will undock again in Gdansk, Poland, with a quick stopover in Kiel, Germany.

On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.

Price Includes

BOUdragon Yacht Charter

Accommodation on board

Meals at sea (self service)

Skipper / trainers

Training

Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)

Mooring Fees

Insurance for the yacht

Lifejacket

Price Excludes

Airfares or other means of transportation

Meals offboard

Transfers airport-marina-airport

Shore based accommodation

Wet gear

Personal insurance
Additional specialty training

Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training

What to Expect?

Training

To optimise teamwork and operate as a team, we advise to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training by out toptrainers. To feel at ease during the trip, to be part of the crew and perform as one team Advanced Ocean Race training days are recommended.

High safety standards

We demand and provide high safety standards of ‘man and materials’. We equip our yachts to comply to high safety standards. We provide the best trainers and skippers to prepare the team for the race. And we ask you and the other teammembers to take care of the necessary safety certifications and trainingen to guarantee the safety of us all.

Competitive ocean racer

The full Ocean Race experience comes from pushing our limits and play with the elements on an ocean racer. The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the fully upgraded former successful Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’.

Schedule

Advanced Ocean Race training days

In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the North-and Baltic Sea 2021departure.

2021 schedules are shared.

Specialty training

Being offshore on the North-and Baltic Sea requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. Consider at least: First Aid certification on board (3 year validity), Offshore Personal Survival Training (5 year validity) and VHF certification (lifetime validity).

2021 training schedules on the website. 

Ocean Race Experience North-and Baltic Sea 2021

June 2021 preparation and North-and Baltic Sea 2021departure from Scheveningen(NL), with a stop-over in Kiel (G) and arrival Gdansk (PL). Expect 7 days.

Your next Ocean Race Experience?

Skippers / trainers

To experience a true ocean in an epic race requires perfect teamwork on a true ocean racing yacht.
Both Hans and Erik are best in class trainers and skippers:

Hans Bouscholte

A wel known well-known and former skipper of BrunelSunergy, also an entry in the 1997-98 race. He won 2 world champion titles, 4 european champion titles, 3 world record and 7 French champion titles.

Erik van Vuuren

One of the best all-round big boat sailors of the Netherlands. He won 2 world champion titles, 2 time winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, winner of the epic Admirals Cup, >25 times national champion, winner of the UK doublehanded national title, and teamcaptain of the 1st ever non-stop Atlantic kitesurf crossing.

Gdansk

Scheveningen

  • Gdansk

  • Scheveningen

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the successful former Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’. Record-holder Silk was originally raced by Britain’s Lawrie Smith and started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise. A fast boat, with the skipper willing to take some chances, Silk Cut, claimed a new 24-hour monohull world record of 449.1 nm, averaging 18.71 knots on Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia.

However, Smith’s luck ran out, when, on Leg 5, from Auckland to Saõ Sebastião in Brazil, the wind gusted to 68 knots and, 2,000 nm from land, Silk Cut’s mast snapped at the second spreader and Smith headed for Ushuaia, the southernmost port in the world and retired from the leg. With a new mast, Silk Cut’s form improved with a win on Leg 6 from Saõ Sebastião to Ft Lauderdale, USA, beating Paul Cayard and EF Language, the eventual race winner, by 78 minutes. But, in a fleet made up of 10 Whitbread 60s, Silk Cut was only able to finish midway through the field, in fifth place overall.

Now called BOUdragon, Silk Cut has been completely renovated. BOUdragon is also the ocean racer to train young talent with the ambition to sail big racing yachts, and a springboard to races like the Ocean Race.

About BOUdragon

  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Launched 17 February 1997
  • LOA: 18m

Results Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-98

  • 24-hour monohull world record Leg 2 449.1 nm
  • Winner Leg 6
  • 5th place overall