Sailing Friesland - Friesland offers many opportunities for the sailing enthusiast. Inland you have the versatile Frisian lakes, but the province naturally borders on the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. Sailing in Friesland is never boring. As a group you can rent a traditional sailing ship and, together with the crew, determine your journey yourself or sail along as a boarder for a sailing trip for example a few days or a day trip.
The Frisian Lakes is a water-rich tourist area in the southwest and middle of Friesland. Especially in the summer the area attracts many water sports enthusiasts due to its versatility. The municipality of De Friese Meren is named after this area. The largest and most important Frisian lakes are the Groote Brekken, the Sneekermeer, the Tjeukemeer, the Heegermeer, the Fluessen and the Slotermeer. Most of the Frisian lakes are located in the so-called Southwest corner, but also the lakes at Grouw and Eernewoude are usually included in the area. The ports on the Frisian Lakes offer many opportunities for visitors. The lakes are perfect for sailing trips.
In the water sports season in this area are the annual Sneekweek and the skûtsjesilen organized by the SKS and the IFKS. The last sailing competition in particular attracts many visitors because of the spectacular races that can also be followed from shore.
Historic fishing villages on the IJsselmeer
Enthusiasts of big water can make beautiful trips on the IJsselmeer. The vast IJsselmeer is rich in nature and fauna and the surrounding landscape is green and open. After a day of sailing you will dock in one of the old fishing towns along the former Zuiderzee. When entering the ports you get the feeling that you are back in the Netherlands from earlier times. Around the IJsselmeer you will find beautiful old Dutch villages and towns. Together they form one of the most beautiful and authentic parts of the Netherlands.
One with nature on the Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea is the gateway to the Wadden Islands. On the Wadden Sea you can make a perfect sailing trip and, if the weather permits, a different island or visit every day. The smaller ships with a low draft regularly sail to the East to Schiermonnikoog where the large ships do not come that fast because of the shallows.
For longer sailing trips, it is also highly recommended to spend a day on an island and explore the villages and nature there. You can rent a bike and cycle through the woods to the beach on Terschelling for example. In addition to the islands, there are also ports on the mainland that are certainly worth a visit.