Enjoy a 14 day leisurely trip from Cowes to Amsterdam on board Yacht Discovery a 72 foot category ‘0’ vessel with an highly experienced skipper and first mate. Our journey begins on 1st July 2019 in Cowes and takes in ports of call along the south coast with time ashore before heading out across the English Channel along the Dutch coast into the North Sea, then via the North Sea Canal into the centre of Amsterdam. Spending two days at leisure in Amsterdam before retracing our steps back to Cowes arriving on day 14.
Located on the Isle of Wight on the west bank of the Estuary of the River Medina, Cowes is a lively and popular seaport and a mecca for sailors from all over the world, who descend on the marina each year for Cowes Week and numerous other world famous regattas. Cowes itself is compact with a good selection of sailing shops, pubs and restaurants and at night time comes alive especially during Cowes Week and the summer months.
Eastbourne is a popular and thriving seaside resort on the south-east coast of England, famous for its impressive seafront Victorian hotels, 1930’s bandstand, impressive pier opened in 1870 and grand parade. Eastbourne offers visitors safe and clean beaches, numerous seafront restaurants and is home to the annual international tennis tournament and the international 4 day air-show held every August. The town centre is located approximately 5 minutes' walk inland from the bandstand and pier and offers a good variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Sovereign Harbour Marina is a brisk walk away.
Ramsgate has been a popular seaside resort since the 19th Century with a rich maritime heritage. Today it mixes this strong maritime tradition with fine architecture, its unique and stunning Royal Harbour, blossoming arts scene, traditional market, harbour side café culture, intimate cafés, friendly pubs and a lively night life.
Lowestoft on the North Sea coast is the most easterly town in Britain with its award winning blue badge wide sand beaches and pier. Being situated close to Oulton Broad [see picture] the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, the area is renowned for its all year round water sports and great selection of cafes, riverside restaurants and bars and Edwardian Park. Lowestoft Marina is situated close to the town centre.
The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam; the Netherlands capital city is the star attraction on this 14 day adventure on board Discovery. The city is famous for its nightlife, canal network, attractions and museums and art galleries. Amsterdam offers a fantastic choice of cafes, canal side bars, bistros and restaurants offering a wonderful choice of food from Michelin star restaurants to tapas, Indonesian, Mediterranean and traditional Dutch cuisine.
Day 1: Departing Cowes we spend the rest of the day at sea as we sail along the coast to Eastbourne, taking turns to navigate and on watch we travel a distance of 65.1 NM. Arriving in Eastbourne we spend the night and day two at leisure.
Day 2: At leisure in Eastbourne
Day 3: leaving on the tide we travel further along the south coast heading for Ramsgate a distance of 61.8NM. Arriving in Ramsgate, we then spend day 4 alongside.
Day 4: today we spend a leisurely day in Ramsgate with free time ashore, before returning to Discovery to plan our route to Lowestoft.
Day 5: Leaving Ramsgate we continue our journey, taking turns at navigation and on watch to Lowestoft, a distance of 74.5NM.
Day 6: After breakfast, and planning the next leg of the journey, we are free to go ashore and spend time in Lowestoft.
Day 7: Departing Lowestoft we head out in to the English Channel for the journey to Amsterdam, working in teams taking turn on deck to navigate and to keep watch, before traversing the North Sea Canal into Amsterdam, distance 105.8NM.
Day 8-10: Amsterdam, enjoy extended time ashore to explore Amsterdam
Day 11: Departing Amsterdam we retrace our journey along the North Sea Canal to IJMUIDEN – Port, distance 7NM. We then head out into the North Sea crossing the English Channel before sailing along the South coast to Ramsgate, distance 141.8NM.
Day 12: Leaving Ramsgate, we sail along the coast to Eastbourne, were we spend the night. Distance 200.1NM.
Day 13: We set sail on the final leg of our voyage as we head for Cowes and our home port. Distance 67.8NM.
Day 14: After our final breakfast on board, we say our farewells and depart Discovery for the final time.