Sailing area Wadden Sea
Sailing on the Wadden Sea
Unspoilt nature, salty air and beautiful views, that is what sailing on the Wadden Sea has to offer you. While sailing on this sea, you will soon discover why the Wadden area has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Set sail via the fairways to the islands of Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and/or Schiermonnikoog. And who knows, you may come across a seal along the way. Below you will find an overview of rental boats in the sailing area the Wadden Sea. Renting a boat and sailing on the Wadden Sea has never been so close.
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Sailing or motorboat sailing on the Wadden Sea
Many people immediately think of renting a flat-bottomed or other sailing yacht in the Wadden Sea, but you can also rent a motor yacht in many places. Please note: fast sailing is only allowed to a limited extent. In general, it is forbidden to sail faster than 20 km/hour with motorboats. However, there is an exception for some fairways.
The Wadden Sea is beautiful, but due to the tidal currents and shallows, you must pay close attention. Sailing on the Wadden Sea therefore requires good preparation. You can read in online and there are also many manuals about it.
Falling dry on the mud flats
Typical of the Wadden Sea are the tides (low tide and high tide). If your rental boat is suitable for this purpose, you can also use it to dry out in the Wadden Sea. Always ask the rental company in advance how this works and if this is allowed. When falling dry, you sail the ship at high tide above a sandbank. Because the water sinks, the ship is as it were lying on the sandy bottom of the Wadden Sea. Many sailors find this a unique experience. There are dozens of places on the Wadden Sea where you can easily fall dry. Of course it is not the intention that you anchor or fall dry near resting seals or in a protected bird area.
Lighthouses and birds
On the islands there are more than enough sights to alternate your cruise. Take a walk on the beach, climb the lighthouses or visit the Kaap Skil museum or Ecomare on Texel. Birdwatchers will also have a wonderful time here. Nowhere else in the Netherlands are there so many bird species to be seen as in the Wadden area. Spot the Dwarf tern with its yellow beak, the redshank with its bright orange legs or the Great Tern with its beautiful crest. You can also moor on the other Wadden Islands and enjoy the island life and the local flora and fauna. Each Wadden Island is unique and offers its own hotspots.
Zuidwal volcano and the Griend
There are also interesting hotspots on and under the water. Did you know that there is a dead volcano more than 2 km below the earth's surface, between Harlingen and Vlieland? That's the Zuidwal volcano. This volcano hasn't been active since the late Jura some 150 million years ago. It's now covered with 2 kilometres of sedimentary rock.
Northeast of the volcano is the uninhabited island of the Griend. This small, overgrown sandbank is only a fraction of the larger island it used to be. In the Middle Ages, this Griend was even larger than today's Texel. Now thousands of birds raise their young on this island. You can sail past it, but mooring and entering it is prohibited.
Code of honour for mud flat lovers
The Wadden Sea is beautiful, but also vulnerable. Anyone who wants to enjoy this sea must therefore adhere to certain 'rules of the game'. In this way, everyone contributes to the protection of this area. The rules are included in the 'Code of Honour for Wadden Sea lovers'. This Code of Honour applies to everyone who sails or walks on the mud flats.
The Wadden Islands can be found in the North Sea, north of the Netherlands and Germany. The Wadden Sea lies between the islands and the mainland. The sea runs from Den Helder in the Netherlands along Friesland and Groningen to Esbjerg in Denmark and has a length of 500 km. The total surface area is approximately 10,000 km². The Zuiderzee used to be part of the Wadden Sea. With the construction of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 this has now become the separate IJsselmeer and Markermeer.
History of the Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea has a rich past. It originated in the Ice Age, about 18,000 years ago. The water was much lower then. The Wadden Sea and even a large part of the North Sea were still dry land at that time. However, with the melting of the ice caps, estimated 7,000 years ago, the water flowed into the Wadden Sea. Because of the sediment and sand that was carried by the sea, the mud flats were formed. Islands were created where the sand piled up: the Wadden Islands. Since then, the Wadden Sea area has always been dynamic with many changes in flora and fauna.