Early spring sailing in Holland and later some longer trips to England
It's getting warmer slowly and I'm looking for competent crew for some spring sailing on the dutch north sea or Ijsselmeer (depending on the weather). At this time of the year mostly during (longer) weekends. The trip is starting and ending at Medemblik / Nor...
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Fluent languages English
Basic knowledge of French
Qualifications Short Range VHF / GMDSS
International Certificate Of Competency (ICC)
DSV - SBF Binnen
DSV - SKN
DSV- Sportkuestenschifferschein (SKS)
Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000
Language spoke aboardEnglish
Boat descriptionELAN 310 performance cruiser. 3 head sails, 2 asymmetrical spinnakers, EPIRB, ISO 9650-1 liferaft.
Offshore from Medemblik to Strömstad
I joined Chris on Coriandre for a week's cruise from Holland To Sweden. The boat is in perfect condition, with all the navigation and security equipment one could wish for. While very sporty and focused on performance, Coriandre is also a comfortable cruising boat where it is easy to find one's own space, which is important when covering longer distances and spending consecutive days at sea as we did. Chris is a highly skilled sailor, with a wealth of knowledge about sailing and navigation he readily shares. He is also a very patient, even-tempered, interesting, and genuinely kind person I enjoyed spending time with and talking to. There would be many more positive things I could say about the week, but suffice to say I would gladly sail with Chris again.
20th Aug 2022
Super nice boat and skipper. Coriandre is great fun, fast and technical, and Chris keeps her in top shape! Gennaker always up when possible and plenty of trimming options, excellent. Thanks Chris!
4th Jul 2022
Easter sailing cruise
Many thanks to Chris for the amazing cruise over Easter 2022 when we visited Harlingen, Vlieland and Terschelling. Even though the cruise was organized pretty spontaneously, organization and communication was very smooth. Chris is an experienced and knowledgeable skipper. For example he taught me to sail under Gennaker, which we hoisted a couple of times. Coriandre is in excellent condition, very well equipped and maintained. Looking forward to joining again anytime!
24th Apr 2022
Great weekend sail to Urk and back
Chris is a very competent captain and the Coriandre is a sporty yacht! Learned a bunch (first gennaker sail) and happy to join again!
14th Mar 2022
Weekend on the Ijsselmeer
Chris is an interesting and super nice person, easy to chat and spend time with. He really knows his boat inside out and if you're eager to learn more about sailing and sail trim, you should definitely join him. Needless to say, I felt absolutely safe at all times. Also, Coriandre is an excellently equipped and fun boat with many trim options and a large gennaker. I'll be happy to join again soon!
19th Oct 2021
I had a nice day out with Chris across the IJsselmeer. Everything went smoothly, boat is a nice one, and I wouldn't hesitate to join again!
26th Jul 2021
Day trip from Harlingen to Mebemblik
Had the pleasure to sail along with Chris. As a novice sailor with limited experience it was nice to find a captain who controls his boat like Chris does. Although there was a calm and relax atmoshere on the boat Chris has an interest in making the boat perform well. For me the ideal combo.
26th Jul 2021
Sailing @ Medemblik
I had a very enjoyable 4 days with Chris on ‘Coriandre’ at the end of November assisting with his preparations for an RYA Yachtmaster exam. Chris is a capable, knowledgable and safe sailor who enjoys getting the optimum performance out of his boat. ‘Coriandre’ is beautifully presented and maintained. Add to that great company and cooking ( Chris’s) and what’s not to like?
14th Dec 2019
Sail trip IJsselmeer, Texel and Vlieland
I sailed with Chris for a week in June and it was a great experience. Chris is really aware about safety, loves to share his knowledge and is really motivated to sail. The boat is beautiful and we had some great speeds, tasty meals and relaxing evenings. I would sail with chris any day.
25th Jul 2019
Great weekend on IJselmeer
I had a Great time with Chris sailing on the IJselmeer. Chris is a sportive sailor, and I learned a lot on our trip. Chris is a good instructor, and stays calm when things don't directly go according to plan. On the ship a lot of gear was present to optimize the sailing performance. One evening we had a little jam session with guitars and Chris sung some nice songs. I would certainly sail with Chris again, and recommend him to anyone.
24th Jul 2019
I had an opportunity to sail with Chris on the English Channel for 9 days. He is a diligent and safe sailor, well acquainted with his boat. He is also very easy to get along with, eager to teach what he knows and learn new things. I recommend him without any reservation.
5th Jul 2019
Easter weekend was a pleasure, since I got to spend it -with gorgeous weather!- on the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea with Chris. Chris is a passionate sailor, and due to his analytic and studious nature, acquired a good amount of knowledge in a short time that he is gladly willing to share with anyone. If you are there to learn or exchange insights in sailing, build miles, have an active and sporty view on sailing, are openminded and like to talk, you will thoroughly enjoy your time with Chris. If you are as lucky as I was, he will even share and serve you his homemade wheat-free bread and play the guitar. Thanks again, Chris.
23rd Apr 2019
I have had the opportunity to sail in IJsselmeer with Chris for a whole weekend and during these two days he has proved to be a very competent sailor - with extensive knowledge - and a very nice person. He is the owner of an amazing, well maintained and fast boat. I am looking forward to sailing with him again.
29th Mar 2019
Excellent Sailor and Easy going person
Chris was very kind to invite me for a sailing weekend in his boat. Sailing with Chris you will feel very safe since he is always in control of the boat. He was very polite and always willing to share all his knowledge about sailing with me. Definitely recommend Chris to sail with and looking forward to be able to sail with him in a near future.
26th Mar 2019
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IJsselmeer, Netherlands to Swedish west coast
For an offshore passage from the IJsselmeer to the Swedish west coast I joined Chris and Phillipp on Coriandre. Everything was well prepared and planned for. Both Chris and Phillipp have a lot of knowledge on many different aspects of sailing which they were happy to share. The boat is made for trimming and the guys are eager to do so. Life on board was straightforward and uncomplicated, Chris and Phillipp are open to any input and there was enough room for theoretical and hands on learning. I'd be happy to join again in the near future
21st Aug 2022