Sailing area Friesland
Sailing in Friesland
Friesland is by far the water sports province of the Netherlands. With hundreds of kilometres of sailing routes, more than 200 marinas and dozens of Frisian lakes, there is plenty to do in Friesland. Curious? Then rent a boat via YachtFocus Boat Rental. Besides the beautiful Frisian lakes, inland waterways and nature reserves you can also rent a boat on the IJsselmeer or the Wadden Sea. You can also discover the Wadden Islands Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog by boat during a long boating holiday. Sailing in Friesland is also a unique experience for the nature enthusiast. A visit to one of the beautiful nature reserves is therefore an absolute must. Think of the Alde Feanen National Park, the Weerribben or the Lauwersmeer. Would you like to rent a boat in Friesland? Have a look at the selection of boats for rent in the sailing area Friesland.
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Well-known events in Friesland
Well-known water sports events in Friesland include the Sneekweek, Skûtsjesilen and the Gondola in Aldeboarn. Every year, these events attract thousands of water sports enthusiasts and tourists to the Frisian villages and waters. The fishing days in Harlingen are also a well-attended event. In Harlingen there is also a ferry service to the Frisian Wadden Islands.
Sailing routes in Friesland
The Elfstedentocht or 'Tocht der Tochten' is a world famous skating event held in Friesland. The first Elfstedentocht was held in 1990. Unfortunately, the skating tour is rare anymore. The trip can also be done by boat via the cities Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker and Dokkum. This route is about 220 kilometres long and can be sailed in at least a week. The maximum clearance for this Elfstedenroute is 2.50 m. Good to take into a consider when renting a boat in Friesland.
The Turf Route can be sailed in various ways, such as a short or long route. This route runs partly through the head of Overijssel, Drenthe and mainly Southeast Friesland. While sailing this route you will pass many bridges and locks, some of which you will also have to operate yourself. The route also runs through various beautiful nature reserves such as the National Parks De Weerribben, Dwingelderveld, Drents-Friese Wold and De Oude Venen (Alde Feanen). The Turf Route originated from the extraction of peat in the 16th century and the digging of canals to transport this peat. This resulted in various waterways that are now extremely suitable for pleasure sailing. YachtFocus Boat Rental shows you the boats that are suitable for this cruising area.
Standing Mast Route or SMR
The Standing Mast Route (SMR) is a mapped out route for sailing ships without having to lower their mast. This route crosses the Netherlands without sailing the North Sea. The route runs from the South Holland Delta to Groningen. A large part of the Standing Mast Route goes via the Markermeer and the IJsselmeer. The part that runs through Friesland enters the IJsselmeer via the villages of Lemmer, Leeuwarden, Dokkum and Groningen and finally reaches Delfzijl.
From Friesland, the Standing Mast Route starts in Dokkum with a partial round trip around Leeuwarden, which then ends in Terherne via Grou and Akkrum. This trip takes about 4 hours. Do you have plenty of time? Then expand the route to a visit to one of the Wadden Islands. Sailing on the Wadden Sea is a unique experience with the dry fall at low tide.
For a well-prepared sailing trip via the Standing Mast Route, you can find information on the website vaarweginformatie.nl about possible obstructions and current operating times of locks and bridges on the route. Here you will find all sailing routes in Friesland.
Frisian lakes route
The Frisian Lakes route takes you over the most important lakes and past typical Frisian water sports places. Choose your starting point at the Frisian lake of your choice and then plan your route using your sailing map or the rental company. Ask the lessor which cities or places you should definitely visit. This will make your boating holiday in Friesland even more complete.