bemanning Noordvaarder


We, Michael & Elske Smeyers, welcome you on board of our beautiful and fast sailing Clipper the Noordvaarder. Every trip is an adventure for us. With great enthusiasm and years of experience on the Waddensea and IJsselmeer, we take you to this unique sailing area.

Michael is sailing on the Noordvaarder since 1996. First as mate and from 2000 as skipper. In 2002 he became owner of the Clipper. He has the captains sailing certificate and outside the charter season he navigated as mate on the world seas on Freighters. He enjoys to share his knowledge of sailing and navigation with you. Or some old seemans stories.Also Elske is from early on hooked on sailing and for many years active as a professional sailor. She is experienced on skutsjes (the typical old Frisian cargo ships), helped to realise the skutsjesmuseum in Eernewoude, joined IFKS (skutsjes) regattas, was closely involved in the complete renovation of a Clipper and carried out deliveries of sailing yachts in the Caribbean and the Pacific. She started as a sailor on the charter fleet in 1997 and since 2000 skipper on clippers and tjalken. Both skippers have the sail certificate, the navigation certificate for large sailing ships and the ceritficate for in-company emergency assistance. Michael has also the certificate Basic Safety. Together they have three children: Mara, Keano and Mylan. Dog Vlek also enjoys the life on board.

Mate 2017

I'm Helene, mate on the Noordvaarder this summer. Three years ago I stood on a sailing ship for the first time and since then my ethusiasm for wind and water has only increased. And so last year I have exchanged my work for the life on board and since then the wind is my fuel, the deck if my office and the sun is my wireless light. I like to teach guests on board what I have learned so far, under the watchful eye of our captain

We like to welcome you on board!