In spring and autumn the Waddensea and IJsselmeer are the venue for sail races for traditional sailing ships. The contenders usually have some bunks for individuals. Guests receive instruction about the ship and the race and then it's showtime!
The sail races are very diverse in character; in some of them the crews have to be very resourceful to get the ships in and out of harbours without the use of the engine. This could mean hauling the ship (the size of a Thames Barge) with lines! All hands on deck.
On tidal water there are challenges as well; current and water level. Some sail races have lots of contenders. They will come across each other again and again and will try outflank one another. Tactics are everything.
Anyway, there is lots to see - and photograph! - during a sail race. So many ships close together on the water and in port; a sight to behold.
After the race the crews celebrate in a big way, with a band in a bar.
Check the calendar for the next sail race opportunity!