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Last Place! Deliver Cargo Under Sail on Grayhound - French Cargo Run Voyage

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
GR280617 Grayhound Nantes Douarnenez, France
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 7 day
28/06/2017 - 14:00 to 05/07/2017 - 12:00
28/06/2017 - 14:00 to 05/07/2017 - 12:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Last Place - Book Now GBP £700.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

'Muscadet Run' - Nantes to Douarnenez on Grayhound 

Annual Run for a for Cargo of Muscadet

The Loire River serves a major wine growing area for France and what better way than to transport Muscadet by River and Sea. There are only 5 places on these voyage as Grayhound will be loading a full 5 ton cargo of this wonderful Regional wine in Nantes to deliver to their distrubution warehouse in Douarnenez. In DZ the cargo will be unloaded and taken to a nearby warehouse all by manual labour. It will also be possible to visit the Douarnenez Maritime Museum. Everyone helps and the individual boxes are light enough to pass down a chain of helpers and crew.  

Biscay Coast and Offshore Islands

Sailing down the Loire from Nantes is just the start of the adventure. Passing under the enormous road bridge to St Nazaire and its famous cruise liner shipbuilding yards you come to the open sea. Ahead of you to the North West is the southern coast line of Brittany with lots of quaint islands and intriguing estuaries and bays. The distance is not that great for the time available so there should be time for a few relaxation stops en route. The Gulf of Morbihan, Belle Ile, I’ll Saint Nicolas des Glenan, Isle Houat or Hoedic and hundreds of other amazing villages and secluded anchorages. The intention is to take some time to enjoy these, magic places, stepping ashore on mini expeditions or just swimming off the stunning beaches. The last stretch is through the Raz de Sien with its strong tides and rocky shoreline and off shore island taking you into the Baie de Douarnenez and finally into the quaint historic port of DZ itself.

Grayhound is still a British registered vessel but Douarnenez is very much the ships operational home port and Marcus and Freya have many friends and contacts in the area and lots of experience of this sailing ground and will ensure you really get the best out of the voyage. 

Sail Cargo Voyages. Grayhound bringing organic wine to your table

Wine Tasting - The Fruits of Your Labour

Their will be an opportunty to taste the range of organic wines that are produced in the region, and we hope you will go away as enthusiastic ambassadors of these quality wines being delivered with minimal carbon footprint. Read more about the whole Sail Cargo movement below.




Grayhound’s magic synergy.

Sometimes a ship, its owners and the voyages they do just come together and it feels right for everyone. Grayhound, Freya, Marcus and cargo carrying is that perfect mix of interests and aspirations coming together to do voyages that are inspiring and exciting. It is a blinding bit of history showing us the way to a better future.

You can feel historic as a proper working crew member as well as an ambassador for the future, get onboard, work hard, play hard and shout about it to all your friends.

All Cargo Voyages on Grayhound

A Greener Way of Transporting Cargo

The current line-up of goods Grayhound will carry is organic wine, ale, tea, gin, vodka, sardines, salted caramel and honey. She is licensed to carry 4.5 tonnes of Cargo in the saloon and 750kg in barrels safely secured on deck.

Grayhound is the 1st British registered vessel, this century, to provide a regular cross channel cargo delivery service under sail.


Grayhound is proud to work with a Breton company called Trans Oceanic Wind Transport ( TOWT). Together TOWT and Grayhound run a regular and credible cargo route seven months of the year between the South West of the UK and France. TOWT organises all aspects of the cargo itself and then Grayhound delivers it under sail using as minimal engine hours as possible. Each product Grayhound carries has a coded label which one can track to see where, how and who sailed it.


Sailing Cargo Alliance

Grayhound is a member of the Sailing Cargo Alliance, an exciting movement towards a greener way of transporting cargo. 

Fair Transport - From A to B Emmission Free

Deux routes

The Grayhound sails two cross channel cargo routes. The ‘Muscadet Run' and the ‘Johnny Run’.

The ‘Muscadet Run'

The Muscadet Run' refers to the wine region in Nantes, where we load locally grown wine.

This route starts from Falmouth  where we load Devon and Cornwall ale aboard and deliver it to Nantes.

Pick up cargo in Nantes and sail to DZ (Dourarnenez)

Sounds simple!

BUT you have some amazing places to visit on the way to DZ.

Working Cargo - Working Sailor

Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible. Meet the Bretons and take pride in delivery under sail.

During your voyage you will muck in with maintenance jobs like tarring the rigging, splicing ropes, painting, storing cargo, cleaning, veg prep and washing up. Crew will be divided into three watches so that Grayhound can sail both night and day, everyone gets a fair chance to sleep, eat and work the ship. Sailing passages will definitely include overnight sails.


A reasonable level of fitness is needed for these voyages in order to participate. Once in France the time will be spent off loading and loading more cargo, looking around, storing the ship and some sightseeing. All the cargo is hand loadable, no cranes allowed.


You will be much involved, these voyages suit people who are keen to learn and pitch in. We will be naturally teaching navigation as we go along during watches. You do not need any prior sailing experience but you do have to be of an adventurous nature and up for working as part of a watch system and part of a team.

You will be sleeping in the fore cabin on these voyages leaving the saloon as the cargo hold.


Food will be good, wholesome and tasty and organically sourced where possible. It will be food for eating at sea, so big pots of stew, soup, pasta and baked potatoes. Homemade cakes and when in France the crew always enjoy local bread, pastries and cheese. 

You will be able to sample the wine and ale that you will be loading.

Past, present and future.

Act historically, experience real sailing today, look to the future, get onboard Grayhound.

Have fun in Nantes before you start you voyage to DZ

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