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Join Pilot Cutter Agnes Sailing Across the Channel to Explore Brittany and Take Part in the Douarnenez Festival

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
AG2018/16 Agnes Falmouth, UK Douarnenez, France
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 10 Nights
20/07/2018 - 11:00 to 30/07/2018 - 11:00
20/07/2018 - 11:00 to 30/07/2018 - 11:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £1350.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Douarnenez Festival 2018- a Fete for Wooden Boat Lovers

Join Agnes as she sets sail from Falmouth in Cornwall and makes her way across the channel to Brittany ready for the Douarnenez Festival 2018 which will begin on the 25th July. On your way to Douarnenez, you may sail via the Channel du Four and call in at French ports on the way, perhaps Camaret Sur Mer or L'Aberach which are both packed full of charm and character.  

Festival of the Sea

This more intimate French Festival of the Sea is a mecca for wooden boat lovers, photographers and artists who love to soak up the scene of a sea of masts and working boats alongside wooden wharves or in the historic fishing port of Rosmeur. It is also an active festival for crews with lots of activities, races and sailing re-inactments out on the water. The medieval streets are a perfect venue for musicians and ships crew who want to step back in time to an era where fishing and trade was under sail and boats dryed out alongside stone quays.

Douarnenez itself has two ports: The old fishing port, on one side of the town and the river basin, Port de Rhu, with its wooden wharves and waterside bars on the other. The town is medieval in origin and has fascinating architecture and narrow streets.

Action out on the Water

The French are brilliant at creating a spectacle and they encourage vessels to take part in races and sailing demonstations each day, so you will much more than a nautical tourist. The skills you have learnt sailing Agnes down to Douarnenenez will be put to good practice as Agnes and numerous traditional boats with bowsprits manouvre out of harbour each day for a spot of action on the water.

Agnes – Pilot Cutter

At 46ft on deck Agnes is the largest wooden pilot cutter Luke Powell has built so far, and is the much-admired flagship of his boat building company Working Sail. 

Agnes carries a lot of sail with no winches. Even the anchor windlass is an authentic barrel windlass with spokes to turn. Agnes' crew like to travel under sail as much as possible, so if you are looking for a real hands on sailing holiday on a very powerful cutter then Agnes is one to try. Her wide decks and high bulwarks (wooden walls around the deck) give a sense of security so she is equally a great choice for those new to sailing. You will learn a lot of old fashioned seamanship, simply by sailing the Agnes way.

Below Decks

Beautifully crafted Agnes is a homely and spacious vessel with full standing headroom below decks. The unusually large skylights maximise the feeling of space as the sunlight streams below into the comfortable saloon. For chillier or more inclement days the wood-burner will provide a warming backdrop to enjoy your evening glass of wine. With a maximum of 8 people on board there is plenty of room to socialise together or if you wish to have a moment to yourself there is always a little nook to retire too. 

Agnes sleeps 6 guests with 2 crew. For guests, there are 4 bunks in a forward cabin and 2 bunks opposite the good sized washroom complete with shower. There is plenty of hot water and the bunks are all made up with linen, duvets and pillows! 

Many of us would love to steal her.....but you can pretend she is yours for the voyage.

Agnes Interior

What's Included

  • Sailing Instruction                                                                                             
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day. 
  • Bed Linen, Duvet, Pillows etc

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcholic Beverages

More information on Agnes can be found in her PDF online here. 

Voyage Itinerary and ports.

Due to the vagaries of weather, tides, safety considerations, ships and crew abilities (amongst other things) or mechanical problems Classic Sailing Ltd can make no guarantee of the itinerary of the voyage, including, joining ports, destinations to visit and leaving ports. Every effort is made to fulfil the itinerary for the voyage but the Captain’s or Skipper’s decision is final. Joining and end ports are hardly ever changed but where they are as much notice as possible will be given and ways sought to alleviate connection problems.

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