Adventurous sailing IJmuiden - Saint-Nazaire

August 13 - 20, 2018

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Hoisting the sails

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

On Monday August 13th the crew of the Clipper Stad Amsterdam will prepare the ship for her departure to southern Europe after a short stay in The Netherlands. Near the Dutch capital city Amsterdam you will board the ship to start on this adventurous sailing trip through the English Channel, along Brittany's rugged coastline to the town Saint-Nazaire in France.

Enjoy being on deck hoisting the sails. Stand on the lookout or go aloft in one of three masts all the way to the top to be rewarded with a truly unbelievable view. The square rigged sailing vessel Stad Amsterdam offers many more possibilities. With her 76 meters, 31 sails with a total of 2200 m2, the Clipper will amaze you!


After a few days of true magnificent sailing the Clipper will reach Saint-Nazaire in France.

The main French seaport on the Atlantic coast is the one in Saint-Nazaire. There is a monumental bridge which is one of the most important cable-stayed bridges in Europe, rising 61 metres above the Loire River. The beaches along its coastline are some of the best in the neighbourhood and the Brière Regional Nature Park as well as the Guérande peninsula are in the immediate vicinity. Maybe you like to pay a visit to the shipyards where the largest cruise ships were assembled several years ago or perhaps you like to check out the submarine "Espadon". Have you seen enough boats? The world’s largest civilian aircraft, the new A380, is assembled and tested at the European Airbus factory in in Saint-Nazaire. Joining a tour is possible.

Sailing and watches

The ship’s crew stand 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).

We welcome you to join one of these watches. This way you can fully experience how things work on a ship like the Stad Amsterdam. Setting or furling 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 enjoy 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, whilst in the Blue Watch you can enjoy the sailing while maintaining a regular day and night rhythm.

An unforgettable experience

The meals are enjoyed together 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.

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 long room. We have a well-stocked library on board.

Altogether ingredients for an unforgettable experience!

IJmuiden- Saint Nazaire

Practical information:

Embarkation: Monday August 13, 2018 at 17h00 in IJmuiden, The Netherlands
Debarkation: Monday August 20, 2018 at 10h00 in Saint-Nazaire, France

Price 3 person cabin: € 1.099,- p.p. 
Price 2 person cabin: € 1.295,- p.p. 
Price 1 person cabin: € 1.942,50.

Are you interested in a cabin with a double bed?
The surcharge is € 250,- (depending on availability).

This price includes:
· Breakfast with coffee, tea and juices;
· Morning coffee;
· Lunch buffet with coffee, tea and juices ;
· Afternoon coffee;
· Dinner buffet with coffee, tea and juices;
· Fresh fruit;
· Harbor and port dues.

Additional costs are:
· Flights and transfers;
· Additional drinks & snacks on board;
· Other personal expenses.

Please note that due to unfavorable weather conditions (e.g. lack of wind or too much wind) the captain may decide to proceed under engine power and/or arrive at or depart from a harbour either sooner or later. During our adventurous sailing trips the crew of the Stad Amsterdam is also occupied with the continuous maintenance program of the Clipper. A part of life onboard of the Tall Ships as well. Should you wish to help, this is welcome but certainly not a must. 

Flight suggestions:
There are many flight opportunities from major European airports for very attractive prices with regards to flights to Amsterdam. IJmuiden is located about 25 kilometers from Amsterdam and can by reached by train, bus and taxi.
For your flight home there are direct flights from the nearby airport at Nantes (65 kilometers) to various major cities in Europe. There is an airport at Rennes (130 kilometers) with flight possibilities too.
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