That day the salty wind cleared my head from endless lists of chores, planned meetings and other commitments. That day of sailing was awesome!
If I would have any hair left, the wind bouncing on the waves of the sea would have messed it up badly. But hey, when it is only water that surrounds you, the sun is pleasantly shining through a cotton-like field of clouds, and the biggest of your concerns is the next gust of wind, what more can you wish for?
The Dutch are famous for mastering the water and sailing is one of them. Catching the wind to move us forward, escaping from or just attacking the merciless waves. I have to admit I never really was a fanatic sailor and that day was only one of a few days I ever went for a real sailing trip. But I loved it!
Sailing in the Netherlands
If you are traveling in Holland, know that there are many great spots for sailing. The province of Friesland in the North (offering an abundance of beautiful lakes), the IJsselmeer in the middle of the country and the province of Zeeland in the South-West. I went to Zeeland on a daytrip with SailForce.nl where we embarked on our X-43 sailing yacht named Xiffe (look at us in the picture below!) in the small harbor of Wemeldinge.
Wemeldinge is one of these small villages in a typical Dutch environment: flat, green meadows, windmills and people on bikes (OK, great stereotyping here Emiel, thanks!). Close to the village of Wemeldinge you have larger cities like Goes and Middelburg that offer more entertainment for those who need it.
One can argue whether the sea around Wemeldinge (Oosterschelde) is the most beautiful area to sail of the three areas mentioned, but the province of Zeeland offers enough for a short vacation: beaches, sailing, small picturesque villages and of course the Delta Works:
Zeeland was confronted dramatically with the power of the sea back in 1953. A storm hit our country, destroying dikes and flooding more than half of the province. After that disaster, which killed almost 2000 people, the Dutch government decided to protect the country by setting up a big series of construction projects: dams, dikes, storm surge barriers and more. It’s so big and impressive, that these Delta Works have been declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
You can visit the Delta Works and see the massive constructions with your own eyes. It’s really impressive. Visit the local water theme park Neeltje Jans, with your kids. In the park they explain all about the Delta Works (Neeltje Jans actually is situated in the center of one of these storm surge barriers). Here you can see the performing seals, splash around in the water playground or take a walk through Whale World and experience a hurricane. You can even walk through the inside of the storm surge barrier!
Anyway, I’m digressing from my sailing story, sorry. All I wanted to tell you is a bit about my sailing adventure….well, here are the pictures to prove it! Ahoy Sailor!!
We went sailing with Sailforce.nl. Thanks Marco van Dijke for a wonderful day!
Fancy a sailing trip with me?