Vessels of all Sizes. From our smallest boat Eve of St Mawes a pilot cutter, through Bessie Ellen a two masted ketch up to three masted square rigger Europa.
Brittany Sailing Paimpol is a Bi-annual event - a fantastic traditional boat festival and a great social atmosphere.
Join Pilot Cutter Eve or Annabel J at Paimpol in 2013.
The photo above is not a pilot cutter, but one of the French replica's of their historic fishing fleet - the mighty Bisquine de Granvillaise by Kathy Mansfield. It is principally a lugger with lug topsails.
Whilst you may only experience one cross channel passage by joining or leaving in France - these voyages can be quite tiring as you will be expected to stand watches. The North Brittany coast has strong tides and interesting pilotage. These are sailing expeditions in the sense that there will be some challenging long days sailing and possibly night sailing, so that when we reach a lovely destination we can stay a while and enjoy the land too.
There is no experience needed for this adventure voyage but they are more suited to those who have sailed before and know they can cope with sailing the boat in sometimes choppy tidal waters. Our Brittany and Normandy holidays are ideal voyages if you want to gain lots of sea miles, pilotage practice or 60 mile qualifying passages towards RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster. This is not a suitable voyage if you have any doubts about your health and stamina.
Vessels sailing to Brittany in 2013 include Eve of St Mawes, Agnes, Grayhound, Eda Frandsen and Bessie Ellen. Step aboard one of these beautiful traditional vessels to enjoy the delights of the french hospitality, cuisine and sailing waters. Voyages start from the Westcountry or in the Solent involving some great cross channel sailing.
Granite Rose Coast & French Rivers
Treburden is a welcoming destination with its large sheltered marina which fits remarkably well into the landscape of granite crags, pine trees and gorgeous beaches. After a long passage it is always nice to swim in the sea, enjoy a refreshing shower and head into town for a glass or two of wine or beer on 'French soil' that doesn't move after all that rock and roll accross the English Channel. If the winds are from more from the South West our first destination may be Guernsey, or we may head for the Granite Rose coast of France, sailing deep up a French River like Lezardrieux, Tregieur or into the tiny harbour of Ploumanach. Both the Channel Islands and Brittany are renowned for their fresh seafood, so no doubt we will be sampling a local restaurant as a reward for our channel crossing. If we sail first to North Brittany we may re visit favourites like the granite archipelago Isles de Brehat, or the National Bird Reserve of Les Sept Isles.
Isle de Brehat is a bit like a French Isles of Scilly. An amazing rock garden with pink sand beaches, low stone farmhouses, hidden sheltered villages and a distinctive local community. To live on Brehat locals and holiday visitors have to plan their days to fit the tides and weather. The landscape changes drastically between high and low water and you will be amazed how we manage to wiggle into some of the deep pool anchorages when the water disappears !
Likewise Paimpol has a huge tidal range and this histoic port once famous for its Newfoundland fishing fleet looks distinctly landlocked when the tide goes out.
With a home base in the Solent the sleek 67ft pilot cutter Annabel J has made Normandy and the Channel Isles her offshore playground. She sails there and back from the Hamble early season and has voyages in late Autumn and Septmber where you can squeeze in a French foray with style in just 5-6 days.
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