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Expedition Netherlands - A 37-day, 1200-mile voyage visiting the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and France, for young people aged 14+ - A life-changing opportunity


Do you know any young people who may be interested?

Morvargh Sailing Project has launched #sailNL Expedition Netherlands, a 37-day, 1200-mile voyage visiting the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and France, for young people aged 14+.

Expedition Netherlands will depart on the 30th of March 2024 and visit 17 amazing, unique ports and locations in the UK and Europe, with educational visits planned throughout.

From the maritime heritage of Cowes to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, young people will be immersed in history and natural beauty. Sailing both on inland waterways (lots of locks and bridges!), along the English Channel and in the North Sea, young people will experience all that sailing has to offer. We’ll meander through picturesque canals, see historic architecture, and witness modern innovation and cityscapes in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Further inland, we’ll visit the world-famous cheese market in Gouda, experience the charm of Medemblik on the Ijsselmeer, and enjoy the beauty of Makkum in Friesland.

Going back offshore, we’ll visit the Friesian Islands, Scheveningen, and Breskens before leaving Dutch waters for Belgium, France and home!

Young people do not need any previous sailing experience as the staff on board (called Afterguard) will teach them everything they need to know. They will meet new people and work together to set sails, steer, keep watch and cook.

Sailing provides unparalleled life lessons. As participants connect sailing with real-life challenges, these character traits develop organically, becoming ingrained in their personalities.

#sailNL Expedition Netherlands is not just a sailing expedition; it’s a transformative experience. Our voyages empower young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and crucial communication and leadership skills. These character “skills” are highly sought after by employers.

We provide a safe and supportive space where people can see the direct achievements of working, living and communicating as a team and develop the skills they need to become self-aware, self-confident, and resilient adults.

#sailNL Expedition Netherlands is an expedition-class voyage. As such, the sailing comprises much longer legs between ports. We can be at sea for up to 48 hours. Young people taking part will be split into two equal watches, which allows the boat to sail continually whilst allowing everyone enough sleep. This traditional watch system will see young people on watch for 4 hours followed by 4 hours off.

By their nature, Expeditions are led by our reliance on weather windows and sea conditions, so often ‘Plan A’ is amended many times over; this is the reality and excitement of expedition sailing.

Take advantage of this opportunity to embark on a journey that will profoundly shape your child’s life. Whether an experienced sailor or a complete novice, Expedition Netherlands is a chance for young people to discover the world, themselves, and their boundless potential.

More info can be downloaded here or you can visit our page here

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