The IJsselmeer (formerly Zuiderzee) is an inland water divided into two parts by a dam: the IJsselmeer in the north and the Markermeer in the south west. The IJsselmeer covers 1100 square kilometers and is around 5m at the deepest point. (Do not let the sandbanks spoil your sailing trip: keep an eye on buoys and charts!) The Marker is by the Markerwaarddijk Sea, which runs from Enkhuizen to Lelystad. Like the IJsselmeer, it is a freshwater inland waterway, and offers numerous excursions and mooring facilities. Zeeland is a province in the southwest of the Netherlands which consists mainly of offshore islands and peninsulas. Despite the sheltered situation of the Zeeland, one should pay attention to the tides as difficult conditions can arise here. About 30% of the entire Wadden Sea is located in the Netherlands - it is a very attractive and rewarding area that can be challenging at the same time. In particular, the Frisian Wadden Sea is notoriously difficult, as changing shipping channels and sandbars impede navigation.
The Netherlands is a historically rich and culturally fascinating country. There are lively cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and small idyllic villages such as Hoorn and Veere. Anyone interested in the history of the textile industry in the Netherlands should visit the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. Marinas can be found almost everywhere in the Netherlands, and there are many Yacht Charter opportunities as you can rent a boat in almost every port.
The Isjelmeer is the most popular sailing area in the Netherlands. Holland offers an excellent sailing infrastructure and numerous opportunities for boat rental. Along the waterways you will find many charming ports not far from one another. The close proximity of the towns allows you to sail in short stages, making it a good area to practice. Begin your boat trip at Lemmer!
The European Dutch sailing areas are situated in the temperate zone. They are affected by the Gulf Stream; warm Atlantic waters and predominantly western winds. The wind blows at an average of 5Bft. However, rapidly changing weather conditions that cause storms and reduced visibility are not uncommon.