Sunday, February 19, 2006

Dutch Sailing Yacht Brandaris

Brandaris, photo by Willie Waw.

The Brandaris is a beautiful and historically-significant charter vessel based in downtown Wickford, RI. These sailing barges were designed to navigate very shallow Dutch waterways -- the draft is only 3 feet, so large wooden leeboards are used in place of a keel or centerboard.

Owner/Captain Doug Somers takes all kinds of groups out onto Narragansett Bay for daysails, evening cruises and trips to see the harbor seals in cooler months.

The Brandaris was built in the Netherlands in 1938 and participated in the evacuation of allied forces from Dunkirk in 1940.

Link here to see more photos and learn how to get aboard the Brandaris -- an amazing vessel.

Let me know if you have sailed aboard the Brandaris and how you liked it.

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