Brisbane Star – into Biscay – from May 25th
After last year’s rudderless frustrations, this time we’re pushing the boat right out.
The plan is to sail to L’Aberwrac’h in north-west Brittany, head south through the (in)famously tidal Chenal du Four, past Ushant, and dip our toes in the Atlantic and north Biscay.
Here we can explore Brest harbour and its estuaries, eat in the famous fishing port of Douarnenez, surf past the Pointe du Raz and loaf around the bays and beaches between there and the ancient walled town of Concarneau – including, perhaps, a visit to the Glénans islands, famous as the home of French sailing.
For routes out (options according to different winds) see the attached plan A, below.
For possible cruising once we’re there, see plan B, below.
Then home again round Finisterre and back up-Channel, with possible stops in Guernsey and Alderney.
Altogether we’re looking at a trip of four weeks, with crew able to join or leave at various places, by a mix of planes, buses, trains.
Who’s it for?
• There are two long cross-Channel passages of 200-300 miles each, with full-on watch-keeping and night-sailing in open seas – terrific experience, especially for people aspiring to Day Skipper and above and wanting to log sea-miles and see dolphins.
• The legs through the Chenal du Four and the Raz de Sein, and around Glénans are good for developing pilotage skills.
• It’s a holiday. Brittany’s harbours, islands and and inlets are marvellous for pottering, swimming, idle days and hearty eating.
All levels of knowledge are welcome, though we need to ensure an overall balance between experience and eager learners.
There is a basic charge of £37 per day for the boat (the same as for our last French trip, in 2016) reducing to £30 per day for the whole trip. Fuel, mooring and onboard eating expenses are shared equally. Meals ashore and travel to and from the boat are up to invividuals. Altogether last time it cost approximately £60 pp pd, excluding personal travel.
Plan A Plan B