Leg 6/2024


3 – 10 July    Tidal Sail Training on the Atlantic Coast of France and Bretagne 




The French Atlantic coast ist not one of the most frequently visited cruising grounds. Bluewater Sailors most often opt for the direct crossing of the Bay of Biscay from Bretagne directly to Galicia. So this is a unique chance to sail where the French famous sailors come from!

Most of the known French sailing boats are built in this area and this is also where the most famous races take place. Have you ever wondered why it is called “Vendée Globe” and what Vendée stands for? Ever wondered why the French are one of the best sailors in the world and sail some of the fastest sailing boats, most often single handed?

Ever wondered where the Loire runs out into the Atlantic and where the famous Muscadet wines come from? 

Well, join on this leg and combine tidal sail training with seeing some very famous places.  


We begin the voyage in the middle of the Bay of Biscay: in La Rochelle, which is an ancient wonderful town per se. Possibly, you wish to arrive a day or two early in order to enjoy the medieval atmosphere here.


Then, we continue north along the coast of Vendée and pass the river mouth of the famous Loire, not far from where the Muscadet wines are made. Finally we arrive in Bretagne, which is Celtic and therefore a bit different from the rest of France.

The leg ends in the French Mecca of sailing, in Lorient.

Both La Rochelle and Lorient are easily reached by the fast TGV train from Paris, so despite being so far off, it’s easy to reach by train.  

Further to tidal sail training, we will visit one of the most beautiful places along this coast. 


The restaurant in Les Sables-d’Olonne couldn’t be closer to Regina Laska!

Bell Ile at it’s best.

Time permitting, we could sail into the Golf du Morbihan.

One of the most difficult tidal gates leading out of Etel.

Vanne is one of the most beautiful towns in the bitter end of Golf du Morbihan.




Price: EUR 2,485 per person including all food consumed onboard, harbour fees, diesel etc.  plus visits to restaurants and pubs.