Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Brittany

Explore the charming Atlantic coastline of Southern Brittany on your next sailing holiday and discover excellent sailing with a wonderful Gallic flavour - perfect for experienced sailors.

Sailing holidays in Brittany

Southern Brittany is an excellent destination for a sailing holiday for more experienced skippers with so many scenic bays, rivers, ports and islands (Les Glénan, Belle Île, Groix, Hoedic, Houat) and a softer climate than on the north coast of Brittany and the Channel.

Sail along the Atlantic coastline visiting the many seaside towns and fishing harbours. Sample the delights of the local fruits de mer, oysters, cider and crepes. Visit the offshore islands, inhabited by seafaring Bretons since medieval times.

This is an interesting sailing area for skippers with a knowledge of tides (there is a large tidal range in this area). It is advisable that only experienced skippers take on this coastline. Sailing in this area is a fantastic way to build pilotage experience and understand the importance of using the tides and currents to the yachtsman’s advantage.

Start your yacht charter the Gulf of Morbihan, right in the centre of Southern Brittany and an ideal point of departure to discover the nearby Bay of Quiberon, the beautiful Belle Ile and the harbours and anchorages in Gulf of Morbihan. Or sail west to the Bay of Concarneau and the Glennan islands.

Light winds in the summer Force 2-4, although Spring is more variable with westerlies up to Force 6. This stretch of the coast has large tides (up to 11m at springs) and strong currents. This sailing area is ideal in May, June and September. Experience level 3.

DAY 1 : Embark at La Trinite sur Mer. Sail towards Houat Island (12nm). Drop anchor at La Grande Plage and admire the breathtaking scenery of the beach.
DAY 2 : Visit nearby Hoëdic Island for lunch and visit the chateau. Afternoon sail to Belle-Ile (15nm). Anchor on the south side at Ster Wen or Port Kerel.
DAY 3 : Sail to Quiberon. Overnight at Port Haliguen (13nm). Hire bicylces on the stunning peninsula "Presqu'ile de Quiberon".
DAY 4 : Leisurely sail to Port Navalo (10nm) at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan.
DAY 5 : Explore up the River Auray and overnight at St Goustain (9nm) with its medieval town centre.
DAY 6 : Sailing in the Gulf of Morbihan to Monk's Island. Overnight at Le Palais with its impressive castle or the port of Sauzon (18nm) on Belle Ile
DAY 7 : Sail back to La Trinité sur Mer (16 nm).

Charters start on Saturday morning and finish Friday night, giving 6 nights onboard but 7 days of sailing. Friday night onboard available on request only.

 

Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to make your own travel arrangements.

TRAINS TO LORIENT:
Eurostar to Paris Nord and TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Lorient (10 mins by taxi to port) or Auray (15 mins by taxi to La Trinite).

SELF-DRIVE:
Many clients take their car by ferry to Brittany and drive to Lorient or La Trinite.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1:  

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper.

Experience Level 2: French Riviera

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper.

Experience Level 3: Brittany

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

Sailing holidays in BrittanyWe arranged for Duncan Kent, Editor of Sailing Today, to charter an Ovni 385 in Brittany."Boys Charter in Brittany" appeared in Sailing Today, April 2008. Click here to read it >>

He says: "Southern Brittany is a truly beautiful part of France and has an abundance of fascinating islands, bays, islets and rivers to explore. Anchorages are plentiful, especially around the island shores, but care has to be taken around rocky approaches and you will need to be aware of the tidal state at all times. The locals are friendly, helpful and respectful of both the sea and sailors so we found ourselves welcomed wherever we went."

Sailing holidays in BrittanyMorbihan is a Breton word meaning "little sea". The huge Gulf of Morbihan is scattered with islands. Explore the “petites cités de caractère” and discover their myths and legends, authentic local gastronomy, open sea islands, cultural and festival places.

Sailing holidays in BrittanyPort Haliguen lies to the east of Quiberon and consists of a large marina and harbour, filled with yachts. This small fishing and pleasure-boat harbour is the summer venue for popular regattas. Hire bicycles for at rip to the stunning peninsula "Presqu'ile de Quiberon".

"Another excellent holiday. Cruesa and the yacht both could not be faulted. We had the benefit of good weather and some wind which saw us flirt with a quick trip across to Ibiza but instead opted to round Majorca and Cabrera."
Palma 2013 - D.R.

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