Sailing in the Dutch province of Zeeland... where the sun is shining almost always. Peace and quiet, salty nature and vibrant historic towns within reach.
Day trip sailing? The Grevelingen and Oosterschelde are gorgeous and pristine. Weekend trip or (mid) week sailing? The South Holland and Zeeland Streams are within your reach.
In the evening Mathilda moors at an island or chooses one of the historic towns.
The Grevelingenmeer, past the lock, is the largest and cleanest salt water lake in Europe. Perfect for sailing, swimming and diving. There are several small islands with jetties in the lake and beaches and nature (with wild horses), where you can go for a walk and make a fire for the barbecue.
The berth of Mathilda is the fishing port Bruinisse, close to the lock on the broad water of the Oosterschelde. With a view of the Zeeland Bridge. A visit to the flood barrier and Neeltje Jans island with the Delta Expo exhibition are an informative excursion about the construction of the Delta Works. Zierikzee and Goes have a lively nightlife.
The Veerse Meer can be reached from Battenoord within one day. The lake is 22 km long and between 150 and 1500 m wide and thus more sheltered. Here aswell, a small pristine island with a jetty. The tourist places Veere and Kamperland are nearby and are accessible by dinghy.
The Westerschelde can be reached in various ways. Over the Veerse Lake and the channel through Walcheren with Middelburg and Vlissingen along the way or via the channel through South Beveland with the towns of Wemeldinge and Hansweert along the way. The route towards the salty Wilderness of the Westerschelde is very much worth your while.