Days of Yore
A salute to Netherlands’ maritime hero Nr. 1
VLISSINGEN _ Organizers proudly call it “the nautical event of 2013.” Sail de Ruyter Zealand (Aug. 22 – 25) will draw some 200 distinctive and historic vessels _ including many spectacular Tall Ships _ to the Dutch North Sea port of Vlissingen. The high point comes August 24th: the spectacular sight of tall sailing ships and dozens of other vessels, modern and classic, sailing past the town.
The Tall Ships include Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal, photo), La Boudeuse (France), the “Mir” and “Kruzenshtern” (both Russia).
But don’t just stand there! Grab the opportunity to sail on a Tall Ship at a greatly reduced price. After Sail de Ruyter, there is an opportunity to sail to Brest, France, or London on several Tall Ships at greatly reduced rates. For details: http://www.sailvlissingen2013.nl/tallshipreizen
Sail de Ruyter Zealand is namked for Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607 – 1676, at left), Holland’s most famous and able admirals ever.
A statue of him in Vlissingen, in the Dutch province of Zealand, overlooks the North Sea. He left his stamp on history when _ in one of several 17th century Anglo-Dutch Wars _ he led the Raid on the Medway, making off with the English flagship HMS Royal Charles. Nice one, Sir!