Experience is king. After learning the theoretical and practical skills, it is important for enthusiastic sailors to start putting some miles under their belt. The type of miles may however differ depending on the needs of our clients. For those sailors that need to build up miles at sea for a Coastal Skipper qualification, we have defined this offering.
This mile builder is an enjoyable balanced mix of making miles, visiting harbours and rivers, and at the same time learning to structure a passage plan, use pilotage, do calculations on height of tide, handling tidal currents, and sailing at night.
Description of this mile builder:
This mile builder adds a total of about 400 miles to your nautical experience, divided over two routes with stops in various ports.
Route to London (orange) will depart from our base in the Netherlands and starts with coastal legs along the Dutch and the Belgian coastline. We will be experiencing the effects of tide, navigate through shallow sand bank areas and encounter large shipping traffic. After staying a night in Nieuwpoort, we will leave the coastline behind us for an offshore leg towards Ramsgate on the UK coast. We will be crossing some busy traffic lanes and the North Sea TSS. After visiting Ramsgate, we will enter the Thames estuary with its many wind farms and the mysterious Red Sand Gun Towers, on our way to the River Medway and River Swale. The next day, we will enter the Thames towards our destination London, where we will tie up for a few days of visiting this lively city.
Route back to the Netherlands (red) takes us back non-stop to the Netherlands. We will leave the city via the Thames River and the estuary. No more staying over night in ports, but continues sailing across the North Sea towards the coastline of the Netherlands. One more time, we will cross a TSS and pass some traffic lanes towards the Oosterschelde estuary and our end destination Kats in the Netherlands.
What do you get at the end:
Your miles and night sailing hours will be signed off in your personal logbook at the end of the mile builder.
We recommend following a RYA shorebased navigation course before departure. Our C-MASTERS Passage Planning course and our Navigation @ Night course are also very useful.