International Cruising Rally, to be held in Friesland, the Netherlands, 31 August – 6 September 2024
31st International Wayfarer Rally, Friesland, The Netherlands, August 31 – September 6, 2024
We start in Akkrum on Saturday 31 August, 2024. Early arrivals can have a first sail to the nearby lake on Saturday. The following days, subject to wind direction, we aim to explore the east side of Friesland, including the Alde Feanen national park. Every day the mother ships will sail directly to the evening’s destination, while the Wayfarers will meander on a roundabout route through the wonderfully scenic Dutch waterway system. Along the way there will be opportunity to explore the many traditional Dutch towns at the water edge. Both mother ships are traditional (but modernized) sailing ‘klippers’ so we’ll be sure to also plan a day to sail with one of them. Handling these ships under sail requires the help of about a dozen pairs of hands. On Thursday we return to Akkrum in good time for a Farewell Dinner ashore.
This time we have “De Hoop” and “Stella Frisia” of Friesland Charter as ‘mother ships’ (see www.frieslandcharter.nl ). In total, these ships have accommodation for 40-45 participants in 23 1, 2, 3 and 4 person cabins, toilet and showers are in the bow of the ships. Each has a cozy salon aft.
The ship’s skipper will feed us but we will help by setting and clearing the tables, washing the dishes and keeping our own cabins clean.
The ‘mother’ ships, will be available starting on Saturday morning 10:00 through lunchtime on Friday.
On arrival we can board the mother ships at the Friesland Charter quay in Akkrum. Cars and trailers can be left here on the premises after the boats are in the water.
Registration is open from Sunday 24 September 2023, 16 hrs, Amsterdam time. Please register through the NedWa website, www.wayfarer.nl. Prices for the rally per person:
- early bird € 600, payment shall be in before November 1st, 2023;
- later than November 1st, 2023 the price is € 650 / person.
Priority. The first 10 days after registration is opened, priority will be given to registrants of the cancelled Rally in 2020. This is a gesture since in 2020 we could not fully refund the registrants because, when cancelling due to Covid-19, cancellation fees were applicable to the mother vessels already contracted.
Nationalities. We further aim to have the greatest possible number of nationalities. Otherwise, places will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Early application. It is likely that the numbers would be exceeded, so early application is recommended or you might be on the waiting list.
Commitment. If a situation similar to Covid-19 were to occur, NedWa would again endeavour to return to participants any and all funds that can be recovered from contracts committed.