Racing with the ‘Helena’

Date: Saturday 21 October 2017
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Willemstad (NL)
Time: 09:45-19:30hrs
Price: € 100,-
Price per person including meals, coffee, tea and water.

During the last weekend of October, the sailing season is concluded with a sailing race around the island ‘Tiengemeten’. The past years about 60 smaller and bigger ships participated. After the restoration of the Helena in 2003 we have participated a few times but it has been a while and the skipper of the ‘Helena’ is looking forward to race again with our old lady.

Voyage description
On Saturday morning, we welcome you on board at 09:45 hrs in Willemstad. The harbour will be filled with other beautiful ships. Coffee, tea and of course the world famous ‘Helena’-cake is waiting for you. The skipper went to the race meeting and he knows everything about the race, the race track and the latest weather forecast. 

As soon as he’s back on board we depart to catch the 11 o’clock bridge opening. Everyone will participate actively and the roles on deck will be divided by the skipper. Who’s going to steer, navigate and operate the leeboards. Of course, we set as much sails as possible. If you just want to watch the spectacle of all the ships on the water you of course more than welcome too. We have some time before the official start to train a bit with the professional crew. As soon as we start we go for it and try to sail as fast as possible.

As soon as we finished we take away the sails and it’s time for a hearty meal and return to the harbour. We expect to be back in port at 18:30hrs and after dinner it’s time to say goodbye to the crew and ship.