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The sailing city of Lelystad is a municipality near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The city itself is new as it exists from 1967 - that is when the last draining of the water was done, and the land came above the sea level.
One of the attractions of the city is the replica of a 17th-century ship - Bavaria. It attracts many sailors and tourists with its remarkable design and look. Other attractions can be found in the National Aviation Museum for those who want to see old planes and machines.
Lelystad has a whopping 11 miles of coastline on the Markermeer and IJsselmeer. There are several large marinas located with a total of more than three thousand berths. For water enthusiasts that go sailing for a day around Lelystad, there is a place in transit marina Bataviahaven. From Lelystad, you can easily rent a yacht and make day sailing trips to areas such as Lemmer, Enkhuizen, Hoorn or Volendam.
Due to the small size of the country, the weather is the same in almost all the cities in the Netherlands. Due to the close connection with the North Sea and the Atlantic ocean, the weather is moderate. This is benefiting the sailors as the climate is marine, and the country experiences significant rainfalls annually. Even though there are some rainy periods, the rest of the time is perfect for a sailing holiday and sightseeing.
The period from middle October till the end of January is very rainy and cold. However, you will notice that people are still living in boat-houses, situated over the canals.
However, the best time for a sailing holiday in the Netherlands is from middle April till middle October. In these months you will enjoy your sailing trip under the shining sun, you will see the blooming tulips and all other flowers, and you will avoid the rainy days.
As we mentioned above, the Ijsselmeer lake is a starting point for many sailing routes. From the old gem Stavoren you can head to the well-known city Enkhuizen.
Enkhuizen is a historic harbour city, which attracts many sailors with its 17th-century architecture, monuments and churches. The old culture and traditions are kept alive, and the cosy restaurants welcome the guests with delicious food. You will also see the lovely shops in the outdoor area selling the traditional Dutch wooden shoes.
Last but not least, you will have the chance to see the old city defence tower Drommedaris. Till today, this tower enables observation over the harbour and is one of the main attractions for tourists. As you will sail on a boat or yacht, you can easily see everything onboard.
Another place that can be reached from the Ijsselmeer lake is the fishing village Volendam. Rich in history, this village has kept the dutch character and traditions over the years within the infrastructure and culture.
The old fishermen's houses are positioned in a labyrinth of lanes, and they have inspired numerous painters and artists throughout the centuries. Moreover, the old dutch clothing and wooden shoes are still used in the city, and you can easily notice that while you sail through the city canals.
These and many other cities like the capital Amsterdam, the city of Utrecht, Groningen, Delft and others deserve your attention. For more information about sailing routes, you can contact our Tubber team at any time.
There is no requirement for a sailing license in the Netherlands, as long as your boat is under 15 meters and you sail no faster than 20km per hour. However, if rent a yacht that is longer than 15 metres and you control it, you may need to look into the exact specifications and laws for licenses.
Depending on the season you are planning to sail in, you will need different clothing and accessories to pack.
If your sailing trip is during the cold seasons, you will definitely need raincoat, waterproof and windproof warm clothes and shoes. Woollen garments are preferable as they will keep you warm in windy times.
Things are very different for sailing in the summer season. You will again need a waterproof jacket due to the rainy days that occur, but your summer clothing should include t-shirts, shorts and flip flops. Remember that it is vital to have good and comfortable shoes onboard! A pair of sunglasses is also handy.
The short distances involved mean that a sailing holiday in the Netherlands is easy to access. Moreover, the entry-level in terms of sailing experience is very basic.
You can start to gain experience on the small waterways, then begin to explore the IJsselmeer and eventually make your way to the North Sea. So there is plenty to do for sailors of all levels. Sailing on the small waterways is not possible, but they are charming to see. So we recommend to start the engine of your yacht and experience the inland waterways of the Netherlands. Using the services of Tubber means a memorable boating holiday. Do not hesitate, book your charter today!