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.
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.
Embark at La Trinite sur Mer and sail towards Houat Island. Drop anchor at La Grande Plage and admire the breathtaking scenery of the beach.
Take a trip to nearby Hoëdic Island for lunch and a visit to the chateau. Afternoon sail to Belle-Ile. Anchor on the south side at Ster Wen or Port Kerel.
Sail to Quiberon. Overnight at Port Haliguen. Hire bicylces on the stunning peninsula "Presqu'ile de Quiberon".
Leisurely sail to Port Navalo at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan.
Explore up the River Auray and overnight at St Goustain with its medieval town centre.
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.
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.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Brittany. You should be coastal skipper standard and have considerable skippering experience.
As an alternative, we also offer charters on the French Riviera (level 2-3). If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.
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).
Many clients take their car by ferry to Brittany and drive to Lorient or La Trinite.
"We had a fabulous week on our boat in France. The boat was fantastic, a brand new Leopard 40 Catamaran, loved the new layout. We enjoyed the South of France from the sea..some great towns to stop in, plus some fantastic bays. It far exceeded our expectation of a sailing in South of France."
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 310 GL(2017)||Dufour 34 - 2 cab.(2011)||First 30(2011)||First 31.7(2008)||Mojito 8.88(2016)|
|Dates||2 cabins/1WC||2 cabins/1WC||2 cabins/1WC||2 cabins/1WC||2 cabins/1WC|
|29 Apr-05 May||1890||1486||1557||1557||1567|
|27 May-02 Jun||1581||1329||1276||1276||1424|
|29 Jul-18 Aug||2833||2276||2110||2110||2443|
|26 Aug-15 Sep||1581||1329||1276||1276||1424|
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 405 GL(2009)||Dufour 410 GL(2015)||First 36.7(2008)||Oceanis 38.1(2019)||Sun Odyssey 349(2021)|
|Dates||3 cabins/2WC||3 cabins/1WC||3 cabins/1WC||3 cabins/1WC||3 cabins/1WC|
|29 Apr-05 May||1814||2143||1981||2100||1943|
|27 May-02 Jun||1567||1824||1929||1795||1667|
|29 Jul-18 Aug||2619||3071||2724||3200||2962|
|26 Aug-15 Sep||1567||1824||1929||1795||1667|
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Bavaria 47 Cruiser(2009)||Dufour 450 GL(2015)||Sun Odyssey 469(2014)|
|Dates||4 cabins/2WC||4 cabins/2WC||4 cabins/4WC|
|29 Apr-05 May||2767||2743||3133|
|27 May-02 Jun||2533||2343||2871|
|29 Jul-18 Aug||3790||3938||4300|
|26 Aug-15 Sep||2533||2343||2871|
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Gemini Legacy 35 - 3 cab.(2016)|
|29 Apr-05 May||2243|
|27 May-02 Jun||1819|
|29 Jul-18 Aug||3071|
|26 Aug-15 Sep||1819|
Includes Outboard (over 28') & bed linen.
Refundable deposit €1500- €8000. Non refundable deposit on request.
End Cleaning; Monohulls - 20'-29' €55, 30'-35' €85, 36'-41' €115, 42' and above €165, Catamarans €195
Handling fees €15
Prices may be subject to change.
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.