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Safely and responsibly to

Wadden harbour Texel


Wadden Sea Harbour Texel sailing information

The western Wadden Sea area offers wonderful sailing, for both sailboats and motorboats. Always be well prepared, and follow the sailing advice below.

  • Use the current 1811.3 sea chart of the western Wadden Sea area.
  • Take safety precautions such as having a marine radio, life jackets and emergency signals.
  • Check the weather forecast and pay special attention to the wind forecast.
  • Choose the right departure time to benefit as much as possible from the (often strong) ebb or flood tide.
  • Follow the buoyed fairways for a safe route to Wadden Sea Harbour Texel.
  • Keep your marine radio on standby and listen in for weather reports.

Routes to Wadden Sea Harbour Texel

From Den Oever: follow the buoyed main route via Visjagersgaatje up to Gat van de Stier. Then to starboard on the Texelstroom, direction Oudeschild. At buoy T12 turn port side out to the harbour entrance. Best departure time is 1.5 hours before Den Oever low tide. Until Texelstroom you will benefit from the ebb current, then the rising tide towards Oudeschild. Count on a sailing time of 2 to 2.5 hours.

From Kornwerderzand: follow the wide, buoyed route via Dove Balg and Texelstroom. Before Oudeschild, turn starboard to the harbour entrance. Depart from Kornwerd with high tide and until 2 hours thereafter. Then you will have the ebb current along the entire route. Sailing time approx. 3 hours.

From Den Helder: follow the buoyed route across the Texelstroom until the entrance to the port of Oudeschild. At buoy T12, turn portside to the harbour entrance. Best departure time is approx. 2 hours after low tide. You will then benefit from the strong tidal current to Oudeschild. Sailing time approx. 1 hour.

Please note: for safety reasons, it is forbidden to sail into the port of Oudeschild.


The magazine Motorboot has described how to sail a motorboat from the inland waterways to Wadden Sea Harbour Texel. View it here.

Sloep! has published how to sail to Texel in a sloop. View it here.

Marine radio channels in the Wadden area (Texel)

  • Channel 20: Den Oever Stevinsluizen
  • Channel 18: Kornwerd Lorenzsluizen
  • Channel 62: Den Helder Traffic Control Centre

Listening-in mandatory to the entire VHF 62 Den Helder block area, which includes part of the western Wadden region, the Marsdiep, Molengat and Schulpengat

Shipping and weather reports every hour at :05

  • Channel 31: Wadden Sea Harbour Texel
  • Channel 12: Oudeschild Municipal Port

Llistening-in mandatory on approach to Oudeschild

Reporting requirement on Mondays and Fridays when the fishing fleet leaves and enters the port

  • Channel 2: Brandaris Traffic Control Centre

Mandatory listening-in on approaching Terschelling and Vlieland

Weather and shipping announcements 30 min. after each odd hour

  • Channel 16: Coastguard Centre

Emergency, urgent and safety traffic

Storm warnings

Weather announcement

  • Channel 4: Central Wadden Sea Reporting Station

Reporting pollution, missing fairway markings, disruptions to nature, and information on the weather and the Wadden Sea.

  • Channels 23 and 83: Den Helder Coastguard Centre

The most recent depth tables

Because the depth in the fairways changes constantly, new depth tables are published several times a year, for both the western and eastern Wadden Sea areas. You will find the most recent versions here.

The Wadden Sea World Heritage Site is a unique nature reserve.

Nature and the tides make sailing on the Wadden Sea (Waddenzee) World Heritage Site a real experience. The Wadden Sea is also vitally important for many birds, fish and mammals. They need the ability to look for food undisturbed, to rest, to breed and to raise their young.

Sailing safely and responsibly on the Wadden Sea with respect for nature.

That’s why the WADDEN SEA SAILING GUIDE has been developed – the Code of Honour for sailing safely and responsibly on the Wadden Sea and for enjoying it without disturbing nature.
Click here for this SAILING GUIDE and print it out for on-board use.

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