Leg 2/2023

29 Apr  – 10 May  Tidal Training: Lymington/UK to Lorient/Bretagne/France.


Night sailing with radar exercise

This leg leaves us with a great flexibility on how to get from the UK to Bretagne. Following my guests’ request, this will be a two-week leg giving us ample time to sail a course that feels right for the current weather pattern. We thus could sail south to the Channel Islands and follow the north coast of Bretagne or, alternatively, sail along Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly and jump the English Channel on its western edge to Bretagne.

For sure, this will both be a spectacular and highly interesting leg, boosting your coastal sailing experience and really getting familiar with tidal calculations. After two weeks, you will know it by heart how to work out how to best take advantage of the tides!  



Passage planning. Where do we want to go? And how? And when?

Weather session in beautiful weather in Roscoff, Northern Brittany.


The feeling of sailing to unknown harbours in a bit more challenging weather or at night is done deliberately. The goal is to combine a bit more challenging sailing and navigating in the English Channel while reaching pleasant destinations. 

Where did all the water g0?

Sometimes, like here in Perros Guerec, we are sailing over large bits of dry land. Sailing at High Water and planning becomes crucial. No doubt, you will master tidal waters after this challenging leg!!

Dartmouth has been used as a background to many old movies. A special atmosphere is omnipresent.

Dartmouth is old school sailing

Entrance of Dartmouth


Dartmouth or possibly Falmouth are the goals, before we continue to Bretagne.


Falmouth Harbour




Planning the crossing of the English Channel

Arrived in St Peter Port, Guernsey

Great food in St Peter Port, Guernsey

Bretagne is a fantastic mix between France and Celtic culture!


It’s a unique opportunity to do this kind of sail training on a fine Hallberg-Rassy 46, and we will jointly take care of our fine yacht and learn how to handle a 20 tonnes boat under all sorts of conditions. 

It will help a lot if you first join the theory course on Malta. Therefore, participants who have done this course before have a priority. If you haven’t done the course, welcome to sign up!

You will become well prepared in all the theoretical subjects. We can thus concentrate on the practical side of seamanship and manoeuvres. If you have no possibility to join the theory course, should, at least, work through the excellent book by my friend Tom Cunliffe: The Complete Day Skipper or The Complete Yachtmaster. For German sailors, my own new book “Praxisguide Fahrtensegeln” will certainly also be valuable to understand tidal navigation.

If you wish to buy books at bookharbour.com, please don’t forget to use the discount code rs-BHAPGG10



Price: EUR 3,100 per person including all food consumed onboard, harbour fees, diesel etc.  plus visits to restaurants and pubs.