Homeward bound: August 2014

‘Blackwater’, ‘Sepia’ and ‘Bonify’ sailing from Enkhuisen to Den Helder

Three weeks after the end of the Dutch anniversary ‘Cross Country Tour’ 2014, most of the fleet of over 60 boats from the UK, Belgium and Netherlands have returned to their home ports. This proved to be a very long passage for some. Browse the full story as it unfolded.

As the majority of the OGA fleet reach their home ports after the Dutch OGA Cross Country Tour, there will be many individual reports and tales to recount with photos to share, but the general consensus from all participants was that the Tour was a resounding success. At each stage there were parties, feasts, visits to cultural and historic sites, racing, cruising and the chance to sail on a traditional Dutch ‘botter’ or ‘schouwe’ in Hoorn.

At the start of the Tour in Wemeldinge, 62 Dutch, Belgian and English boats joined the fleet, travelling from the north of the Netherlands, South Wales, Cornwall, the Solent and the east coast of England as far north as Grimsby. Three boats arrived by trailer, ‘Sepia’ from the Solent, ‘Step back in time’ from Grimsby and ‘Charlotte II’ from the Netherlands.

There were four single-handers who crossed the North Sea to join the Tour, ‘East Breeze’, ‘Hyrst of Eremue’ and ‘Moon River’ from the Solent with ‘Molly Cobbler’ from the East Coast of England.

The fleet became a colourful and lively sight to behold, queuing to enter locks and pass under bridges in the earlier part of the tour, with sailing and racing on the Ijsselmeer and Waddenzee in the latter stages. At Haarlem and Amsterdam the fleet grew with more boats arriving from the UK and Netherlands making a total of 70 participants over the course of the Tour.