South Coast of Britain to Baltic including Kiel Canal & Frisian Islands

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE020920 Tues 2nd Sept 3.00pm Fri 11 Sept 10.00am Fowey, Cornwall Kiel, Germany 10 £1025 - Provisionally fully booked Book voyage »

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Sail with Bessie Ellen as she makes her way from Cornwall to Germany exploring the South West English Coast, into the North Sea and onto the Kiel canal and perhaps even exploring the Frisian islands.

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Voyage Description

Have you ever imagined life at sea travelling with the wind and tides, working a ship to a destination? Join Bessie Ellen as she makes her way towards the Baltic Sea following the English Channel and onwards up to the North Sea to the Kiel Canal.

Way back in 1947, Bessie Ellen made the same journey with a cargo of china clay but today you can experience the voyage at a different pace, standing ships watches, steering and navigating – releasing your inner sailor. The simple awareness of travelling at a slower speed pace opens ones eyes to the delights of the natural world with little interference of modern man save that of a wooden ship under canvas sailes out here at sea you can gain a significant amount of relaxation and reflection as each day, watery miles fall astern in the wake leading to new lands and cultures.

With all our long-distance voyages, no itinerary is set with the emphasis being the ability to sail as much as the weather and wind allows.

Leaving behind the picturesque cornish harbour town of Fowey, the English channel beckons Eastwards toward the Dover Straits with a stop in Dieppe, an attractive fishing town famous for its seafood. One of the busiest shipping channels in the world, the straits of Dover provide plenty of challenges whilst on watch, with strong tides and vast ships abound for Europe or outbound to all corners of the world.

Opening out into the North Sea, the Belgian coast provides the perfect stopover with Oostend for Frites mayonnaise and of course excellent chocolate! If we need to bypass Belgium, the Frisian Islands also make for a perfect stopover for the day. These tidal sandy islands made so famous in the “Riddle of the sands” are a wonderful way to discover the Netherlands before rejoining the busy shipping lanes heading into the Elbe River before casting off for the peace and tranquillity of the Kiel Canal.

The Kiel Canal is the most historic of canals and was expanded back in the late 1800s by Kaiser Wilhelm ii to make the channel a hugely important trade link for the Baltic states and onto the rest of the world. Today, we sail the same canal in company with transiting vessels passing through perfect landscapes complemented by willow trees, waterfowl and charming waterside villages before coming to the monstrous locks at Kiel Holentau, where our journey reaches its final destination.

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