Square rigger Morgenster is offering some big hops and covering a lot of miles along the French coast this summer. A great chance to try this fast Dutch tall ship and gain a sailors view of the coastal fringe of France from Cherbourg in the east all the way along the North Brittany coast to the Atlantic. Sail around the lighthouses of Ushant (Isle D'Ouessant) and down the Biscay coast to the Gulf of Morbihan. These are great sailing journeys with some night hours and stops along the way.
9 day Voyage - Cherbourg to Morbihan
The Channel Isles in Spring is a great time for bird watching with puffins and other seabirds breeding amongst the sea pink. From the Channel Islands Morgenster continues heading west, along Brittany's famous pink granite coastline with your heading set towards the famous ile de Ouessant (Ushant). The North Brittany coast has strong tides and interesting pilotage. This is a sailing expedition in the sense that there will be some challenging long days sailing and possibly night sailing, so that when we reach a lovely destination we can stay a while and enjoy the land too. There are many beautiful places to anchor along the way including Ile de Brehat, Ploumanach, Morlaix and Ile de Batz to name a few. Île d’Ouessant with its lonely lighthouses marks the end of the English Channel and will see you sail close to the edge of the continental shelf where the Bay of Biscay becomes the Atlantic Ocean. This is a great voyage for spotting ocean seabirds as they return to the coast of Europe to breed, and for dolphins in the rich seas. There are two anchorages on the island that lend itself to a couple of hours ashore exploring this unique island setting.
Less Well Known Coastlines in the Bay of Biscay
As you reach the western point of Brittany you can head down through the Channel de Four, famous for its strong tides, many rocks and exposed location on the west coast of Brittany. An alternative route would be to sail around the outside of Ushant. With possible stop offs in Camaret or perhaps Douarnenez you continue south towards the Isle de Seine and on towards Quiberon and the Gulf of Morbihan where you will find your destination of Port Blanc.