Sailing from Brest (France) to Rotterdam (The Netherlands)



Every year a number of sailing trips are organized by the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join our crew on one of these adventurous sailing holidays.

The city of Brest is located at the very western tip of the French peninsula of Brittany. The port of Brest where this sailing trip will start has had an important strategic position for centuries. The famous Pointe du Raz at Finistère is an amazing coastal point with steep and impressive 70-metre cliffs.

In case you decide to visit the city of Brest you may want to stroll along the Rue de Saint-Malo to explore that part of the historic district that remained undamaged after the bombing in the Second World War. Did you know that the world's oldest maritime museum is located in Brest? The museum is located in Brest Castle which is definitely worth visiting as well! The Brest Cable Car is open for passenger service and will offer you a beautiful view of the town. Perhaps you also like to try eating delicious fresh crab at a well-known local restaurant.

Practical Information

Port de Brest
Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Clipper stad Amsterdam

along rugged coasts

On August 24 it is time for you to embark the unique sailing vessel Clipper Stad Amsterdam. The captain and his crew will start with welcoming you on board and all crew members will introduce themselves.  When all safety procedures have been taken care of a delicious meal will be served in our longroom.

Once at sea, the Clipper will be sailing north along the coast of France and along the Channel Islands Guernsey & Jersey and the Isle of Wight - although this is at some distance. The journey through the English Channel will continue and after passing the narrowest part near Calais, Rotterdam is just a short distance away.

Learn all about how to sail on a three mast tall ship during the approximately 520 nautical miles at sea and experience how very special life on board really is. When all the (hard) work is done, there will be plenty of time to enjoy nature and the serenity at sea.

Clipper Stad Amsterdam

An unforgettable experience

Imagine standing on the lookout surrounded by nothing but the sea. The waves, being rough every now and then, maybe some other ships and sometimes even dolphins playfully dancing just ahead of the bow. On the other hand, one could also relax reading a book in the longroom. We have a well-stocked library on board.

The meals are enjoyed along with the crew in the longroom at times adjusted to the watches. Every night the captain will give a short briefing of the mileage achieved on the day before, the mileage still to go and any other points of interest.

All and all ingredients for an unforgettable experience!

Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Sailing and watches

The ship’s crew stands watch in three shifts. These shifts are called the Red Watch (from 12- 4 AM and PM), the White Watch (from 4-8 AM and PM) and the Blue Watch (from 8-12 AM and PM).

If you like, you can join one of these watches. This way you can fully experience the works on a ship like Stad Amsterdam. Setting the sails, keeping lookout, setting the course or standing watch: you can participate in all of it.

As a member of the Red Watch, you can admire the peacefulness of being at sea and the endless starry sky. In the White Watch you will experience the break of dawn like you never did before while in the Blue Watch you can enjoy the sailing while maintaining a regular day and night rhythm.


After the passage of the narrowest part of the English Channel between Calais and Dover, you can have a look at Belgium and The Netherlands from a different perspective! Opt for a high position in one of the three masts or stay low(er) on deck.

On Friday, August 30th, the Clipper will be moored in the port of Rotterdam. This city along the river "Nieuwe Maas" has a world-famous port and features some wonderful architecture like the modern cube houses and the Euromast Tower. Rotterdam also has a great variety of museums, restaurants and there are many activities to enjoy. Your last evening on board will be well spent!

Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Clipper Stad Amsterdam near Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam
Old Port Rotterdam
Rotterdam Kubus houses

Brest - Rotterdam