Sometimes it can be difficult to plan a sailing holiday because you have to consider transporting your boat as well as family and friends. Then there’s the worry you might forget something… fear not! When you venture to the Brouwersdam, you won’t have to worry about any of this.
What is there?
At Zeil en Surfcentrum they have a collection of RS Quests and RS Zests available for rental all year round. As an active watersport centre, they host events and training from windsurfing to yoga, sailing and longboarding; there really is something for everyone! We love their ‘pay to play’ system as all you need is your passion, determination and time! We really see the benefit of inviting people from all over the world to experience sailing in a stunning location and try new activities without breaking the bank. The blend between a rental and a school environment creates a good sailing experience for all ages and abilities.
What’s so good about it?
It only takes a quick glance to realise how beautiful the area is for locals and European visitors – a truly remarkable place with flat water on the Grevelingenmeer side and the North Sea on the other. There’s always wind so you’ll never be disappointed! Our own International Business Developer says, “it is that ultimate summer holiday feel. The sea breeze, the salty air, the sun on your face, bare feet all day, sandy beach and a lot of water sports enthusiasts around you. Lake Grevelingen is surrounded by the North Sea, it has an impressive delta system and a natural spot for watersport facilities. This area has the most hours of sun in the country and the sea breeze that picks up most days during summer. That’s why this is one of my favourite places to spend my time in summer”. Rick Jendrusch who works there also said, “I think we have a really nice centre here with a lot of high standard facilities. Next to that, it is a safe lake with good winds and lots of different conditions which makes it very interesting. But the good thing is that every wind direction works well here”
Which boat should I sail?
We recommend the RS Quest to families because it’s so versatile. There’s the option to hoist a spinnaker (both symmetric and asymmetric) as well as the possibility to trapeze. Equally, it creates a safe space to learn how to sail thanks to its masthead flotation device, furling jib and high boom! Being so spacious and comfortable is one of the RS Quest’s best features and why it’s perfect for all levels.
However, if you have a need for speed and like to #sailitliveitloveit, the RS Zest has rapidly become a favourite. As a more compact boat small enough to handle solo but comfortable enough for 3 small people; the RS Zest is essentially a mini double-hander which gives rewarding performance, builds confidence and encourages progression. The fact that this well-designed dinghy is user-friendly, damage resistant and simple to use is what makes it perfect for those who just want to be on the water as soon as possible! Not to mention that features like the lock up & lock down rudder system, pivoting centreboard and roller furling mainsail – rigging time is almost non-existent. Which means more time on the water!
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