Want the full ocean experience, but lack time? Crossing the most difficult and busiest sea with the North Sea Run might be perfect for you. 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 sharing routes on the North Sea, which are among the busiest in the world. A challenge to any navigators’ skills and as some say, if you can sail the North Sea you can sail everywhere.
When we leave Scheveningen we have a few options through the traffic separation schemes. Depending on the wind we either cross directly or if we have the regular southwesterly winds, follow the Dutch coastline towards Belgium. From the moment we set off, full focus of the team is required, considering marine traffic, windfarms, tides and the weather system. While at sea, maybe escorted by porpoises, you also experience the true grandeur of the ocean.
Once arriving west, we are welcomed by the view of the White cliffs of Dover. The 8 miles of chalk cliffs are at the point where Great Britain is closest to continental Europe. We enter the port of Dover and dock for a stopover.
The next day we set sail to return to Scheveningen. Wind and tidal conditions are the main influencers for the return route. After the North Sea Run for sure you understand what tidal means.
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 Sea Run Spring 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.
Please see the separate pages of races and training for details.
The crew will join the boat in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat. We will undock in Dover (GB) for a stopover and return the next day to Scheveningen-The Hague (NL).
On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.
BOUdragon Yacht Charter
Accommodation on board
Meals at sea (self service)
Skipper / trainers
Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
Insurance for the yacht
Airfares or other means of transportation
Shore based accommodation
Additional specialty training
Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training
What to Expect?
To optimise teamwork and operate as a winning entity, our trainers require 10 days training and races with the crew prior to the Fastnet. Always with a clear focus to teamwork and winning.
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.
The full Fastnet Race experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other racing yachts. The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the fully upgraded former successful Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’.
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 Sea Run Spring 2021 departure.
2021 schedules are shared.
Being offshore on the North 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 Sea Run Spring 2021
The North Sea Run Spring 2021departs on 30 April 2021 from Scheveningen (NL), with a stop-over in Dover (GB), returning the following day to Scheveningen (NL). Expect 3 days.
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: