Advice to yachts


June 23rd – July 2nd

* Two large scale events are being organised from Scheveningen Harbour and as a result there are restrictions on harbour access and navigable waters. For latest program, please click here

Harbour is restricted to accredited boats Except in emergency situations, entry to Scheveningen Harbour and any of its marina’s is restricted to yachts with pre-approved berths. Boats without the appropriate Identification flags and registration will be asked to not enter Scheveningen Harbour and will not be allowed inside of the outer breakwaters. This will be enforced by Local Authority and Harbour Control vessels (flying a Yellow flag “Security”). Nearest Marinas are (North) IJmuiden or (South) Rotterdam or Stellendam. Please be aware that Jachtclub Scheveningen is closed for visiting yachts from Jun 15th to July 3rd.

Specific information for boats accredited to enter Scheveningen Harbour

  • Please ensure to fly your identification flag clearly visible at all times
  • All traffic is requested to adhere to the planned harbour movements:
  • All traffic is to adhere to detailed instructions from Dockmasters and Harbour Control vessels
  • All departing traffic in the harbour is coordinated via Dockmasters (Volvo Ocean Race Finish / Jachtclub Scheveningen staff present on or near the docks). Please contact Dockmasters in case off any requests deviating from Movements
  • All traffic in the harbour is monitored by Harbour Control vessels (Volvo Ocean Race Finish staff on RIBs situated in the main Scheveningen harbour areas)
  • If part of a scheduled harbour movement and/or part of a larger group of yachts, it is not required to contact Scheveningen Harbour on channel 21. It is however imperative to remain a listening watch on channel 21 when in or near Scheveningen harbour. Near the Racing Areas communication between marshal boats and spectator yachts will take place on channel 88.

Severely increased traffic
For the entire period June 23rd – July 2nd, but most notably on June 24th and June 28th – June 30th severely increased traffic is expected in the vicinity of Scheveningen Harbour.

For yachts visiting the Race Areas, you are requested to:

  • Adhere to advice given by Local Authority, Harbour Control and Marshall vessels (flying a Yellow flag “Security”).
  • During VO65 races, maintain a listening watch on Channel 88. Marshall boat communication to spectator vessels will take place on Channel 88.
  • Stay well clear of yachts racing. 150 meters is considered the minimum safe distance
  • Stay outside of any of the race areas. These zones may be indicated by marker buoys and be maintained by Local Authority vessels and Marshall boats (flying a Yellow flag “Security”)

For boats visiting the area from the North or South, please be advised to stay West of the line (until you can visually identify the racing areas):

  • Buoy ZM D
  • A point 0.6 nm WNW of buoy SCH
  • Buoy NAM22

Volvo Ocean Race areas will be positioned between S1 (South) and PSCH-B (North).

Please be aware, on June 24th and June 25th, Volvo Ocean racing yachts may approach buoy KNS from the general direction of buoy NAM22.

General / Safety Advice:

  • Maintain a permanent 360º lookout and do not exceed safe speed at all times
  • Sailing, Kite- or Windsurfing, supping, rowing etc. will not be allowed as spectator craft
  • Drones are not allowed, either flying or on board (!), with the exception of drones under the control of the organisation. There is a no-fly zone active overhead the event. Offenders will be prosecuted
  • Lifejackets are recommended, ensure sufficient warm clothing
  • On open boats like RIBs or ‘sloepen’ lifejackets for all crew and use of an available kill-cord is mandatory
  • Keep hands and feet inboard at all times
  • Any garbage should remain on board

Normal marine communication remains intact for Scheveningen Harbour approach (VHF Channel 21) and Safety at Sea (VHF Channel 16).