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Brest Festival of the Sea and Douarnenez Temp Fetes 2020 - two incredible festivals

Probably the biggest wooden boat party in the world. Brest international Festival of the Sea is held every 4 years and the Rade de Brest offers an inland sea for the sailing vessels to come and play each day. After a grand firework finale the whole fleet sets off from Brest to Douarnenez festival in an armada every sailor and photographer wants to be part of. This legendary combination of two festivals is always popular, so you have a chance to book early.  Eda Frandsen is determined not to miss the huge gathering of traditional wooden boats, sailing ships, square riggers and  colourful small boats from all over the world.

Brest Festival 2020 starts on the 10th July until 16th July with the event of Festival Temps Fete 2020 in Dournenez 15th July. 

Embark
Tue, 07-07-2020 - 15:00
Falmouth
Disembark
Thu, 16-07-2020 - 09:30
Douarnenez
Duration
9 Nights
Vessel
Eda Frandsen
Voyage No.
EDA1320

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 1,675 GBP. BOOK NOW

Eda Frandsen - Brest & Douarnenez Festival 2020

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

 

****Dates to be confirmed****

Anyone wanting to meet the rest of our worldwide tribe of traditional sailing enthusiasts and wants to be part of probably the biggest gathering of wooden boats on the planet. The beauty of these festivals is the route across the Western Approaches and down through the Chanel du Four tidal race is close to the Atlantic and full of wild beauty. The festivals both have good opportunties to go out sailing each day with a colourful fleet. This voyage has something for everyone - sailors, artists, photographers, wooden boat fans.....and you get to do it with the great Eda Frandsen team.

 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Plenty of sailing - even at the festivals
  • Sailing ships and small boats creating a scene
  • Parade of Sail from Brest to Douarnenez
  • Participate in Brest Festival of the Sea 2020
  • Douarnenez Festival 2020 - also an epic event
  • Romps about the Bay in DZ and the Rade De Brest
Sail with Panache at Douarnenez and Brest
Sail with Panache at Douarnenez and Brest

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Eda Frandsen usually spends her summers in Mallaig and the wilds of Scotland. For her crew to interrupt their Western Isles season to sail all the way South to this double festival gathering gives some indication of the magnitude and pull of this mighty summer event. Brest Festival is only held every 4 years and it always combines with Douarnenez Festival down the coast. This creates a great excuse for thousands of traditional boats, working boats and tall ships to sail together in a spectacular fleet of tan and cream sails down the limestone coast to the smaller venue of DZ.

French Festivals are not as frenetic as you think. Firstly you have some great sailing to get there. Both Douarnenez and Brest have fine summer sailing grounds on their doorstep ....and they encourage boats and tall ships to go out sailing each day. Actually we don't need much encouragement. The real action is always out on the water in an afternoon sea breeze.

Eda Frandsen is sailing to Brest Festival 2020

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Who Else Is Off to the Festival ?

Falmouth in Cornwall is Eda Frandsen's winter home, so when you join and the boat makes its preparations to cross the English Channel, you are unlikely to be alone. Other classic boats will be heading for the festival too, so you may find yourself sailing down the Lizard Coast with a few friends.

Western Approaches & Chanel Du Four

The Channel is nearly 100 miles wide at the Western Approaches to Europe. The weather is predominantly from the South west and waves are straight off the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to be at the biggest sailors party in Europe this summer, you need to be an adventurous spirit and willingness to be part of a watch system sailing day and a night to reach the French coast. The seas are rich in marine life and you may see dolphins or pilot whales and birds of the ocean like gannets diving.

The most likely place to start to see other sailing vessels again is as you approach Ushant on the corner of Brittany. This lonely sentinel has tall lighthouses and you are likely to sail inside its rocky shores and down through the Chanel du Four. The tide runs fast through the rock plateaux here with many beacons to guide you. It is wider than most think so you can tack or gybe through it, and achieve very fast speeds over the seabed.

Performance Sailing at Brest International Festival

If you have read your Hornblower you can sail the entrance to Brest with many thoughts in your head of how easy to defend this Naval harbour is. A long narrow channel with high land on either side marks the entrance. Beyond is the port and a large inland sea. Brest is perfect for absorbing a huge fleet. The outer breakwater has 2 entrances and during the festival there are many comings and goings of vessels. Every time you go sailing your are creating a performance for the crowds.

Out in the Bay the seas are flat but there are are bowsprits everywhere and plenty of cut and thrust sailing. Its a photographers dream but you do need to lend a hand with the sails as there will be a lot of manoeurving. James is a Yachtmaster Instructor and old hand at this sort of close quarters sailing. Its going to be fun.

There are more tranquil spots to escape to by boat and chill if it all gets a bit too much. Big rivers stretch deep inland and small villages line the Rade de Brest.

In Brest Port in the evenings there is plenty to do ashore, with music and illuminated parades of sail. Fireworks feature at all French Festivals.

Out on the water at Douarnenez Temps Fete. Photo Debbie Purser
Out on the water at Douarnenez Temps Fete. Photo Debbie Purser

Parade of Sail to Douarnenez 

When the whole fleet leaves Brest to sail together to Douarnenez you will be amazed if you have never participated in this fleet before. Small luggers, rowing gigs with sails, schooners with raked masts, arab dhows, tall ships, historic sailing trawlers and tuna fishing boats, replica men of war, and tall ships of all rig types. This is much more spectacular than a tall ships race because many of the vessels are wood and the range of boat is infinately more interesting. You are not racing so you can sail closer to each other in the spirit of friendship, and the bigger ships look after the little ones. Considering you can sometimes nearly jump between decks, there are surprisingly few bumps.

There are some rocky sea stacks call the Tais de Pois (pile of peas) that create a pinch point on the route down to Douarnenez as many vessels decide to shoot the narrow gap. Its no compulsory but a bit of a rite of passage to do.

Parade of Sail between Brest and DZ 2020

Douarnenez Temp Fetes 2020

Douarnenez itself has two ports: The old fishing port, on one side of the town and the river basin, Port de Rhu, with its wooden wharves and waterside bars on the other. The town is medieval in origin and has fascinating architecture and narrow streets. We love Douarnenez Festival because the setting has a more historic feel that compliments the traditional wooden boats at the festival.  DZ hosts a festival every two years with a bigger one combined with the Brest event every 4 years.

Eda is likely to be rafted up with other cutters of a similar size, but that does'nt stop you going sailing in the big West facing DZ bay. Reaching across the 7 miles in company with other beautiful ships is just about the nicest sailing you can do (in our view) and we are sure Eda crews will reveal in it, as an experience very different from the wilds of their normal Hebridean adventures.

Relaxing on deck in Port with the sound of music from shore, sipping a glass of wine whilst watching others messing about in boats is just divine....and then there is supper al fresco with wooden masts all around.

Any excuse for seafood on Eda Frandsen
Any excuse for seafood on Eda Frandsen

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

winds / how rough / climate etc - keep it generic rather than seasonal.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • personal travel insurance

 

 

Falmouth, Cornwall

Latest port updates

We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. 

This is a list of the likely joining locations for each vessel, but sometimes they can also be at anchor. It is always best to call the ship's phone on the day. 

Custom House Quay next to the Chain Locker is the usual place for joining Grayhound, Irene and Eda Frandsen. 

Pendennis Marina behind the Maritime museum is the usual place for joining Agnes, Leader, Provident and Pilgrim. 

Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is 'Falmouth Town' (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.

Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first. 

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park  and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St),  tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.

There are short stay car parks at Custom House Quay for the Yacht Haven to drop your bags.

Likewise for Port Pendennis there is a short stay car park by the Maritime Museum event square.

Once you have dropped your bags you can normally find free parking within ten minutes walk of any harbour point in Falmouth by just parking in local residential streets.

Long stay parking

There is a small, private, car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina, off Tinners Walk (TR11 3YL). You can pay for a week, using change at the pay and display ticket machine, for £35 approx. (No credit card facility YOU MUST HAVE CHANGE)

There is a long stay car park with a daily fee of £3 or a weekly fee of £18 (pay and display machine so bring change) off Tinner Walk close to the Falmouth Docks entrance and the RNLI station.  This is a private car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina but you will still be expected to pay - even if the vessel is in the marina.  Please do not risk the free berth holders car park next to the tennis courts.  

Rail & transfers

Train to the Falmouth Town Station which is on the branch line from Truro (or next halt is Falmouth Docks if joining a vessel in the docks). Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Air & transfers

Newquay Airport (NQY) is about 40 miles away and about £55 taxi fare, or you could get a taxi to Truro for about £30 and jump on the train to Falmouth from there. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Chain Locker

The Chain Locker pub in Falmouth is right on the water's edge and a perfect place to stay for joining your vessel, no matter which pontoon.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Douarnenez, Brittany

Latest port updates

Grayhound has her own berth at Port Rhu and the port is small enough for you to be able to easily spot her distinctive wooden masts. 

How to get here

Douarnenez is about five and a half hours' drive from Paris via Rennes, Lorient and Quimper. Quimper is also the best destination for air and rail connections to the region. There are regular bus connections between Quimper and Douarnenez, taking about 35 minutes. From Quimper, there are high speed trains to Paris (4 hours) and to other parts of France.

By Bike

Take the Plymouth to Roscoff Ferry (Approx £35), it is then a 97 km ride via the D75

By Road

Douarnenez is about five and a half hours' drive from Paris via Rennes, Lorient and Quimper. Quimper bus/train station – Douarnenez tourist info office 40 mins Line 51 bus runs every two hours. ( different on Sundays) Approx 3 Euros

Douarnenez

Rail & transfers

Option 1

Portsmouth – St Malo Ferry – St Malo take the train change at Rennes for Quimper approx 3 hours 40 mins. Train is approx 50 Euros. Both trains run hourly.

Option 2

Travel on the Eurostar from London to Paris. Train from Paris Montparnasse station via Rennes (sometimes direct) to Quimper train station. 3 hours 40 mins. Approx 100 Euros , runs every two hours, sometimes hourly.

Option 3

Plymouth – Roscoff Ferry –  Although Roscoff is closest to Douarnenez, it is by far the hardest place to get to Douarnenez by public transport. The ferry and trains do not link, therefore waiting the morning in Roscoff for a train to Morlaix, to take you to Brest which then allows you to get to Quimper. The journey does work but it is slow. If you fancy a morning in Roscoff and are determined to do this route please let us know as you may be later than the joining time.

Air & transfers

Quimper airport is about 20 minutes by taxi from Douarnenez, has flights to Paris while Brest airport connects to Paris, Lyon, Birmingham, Southampton and other destinations. Fly from London City Airport to Quimper then bus to Douarnenez

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Act historically, experience real sailing today, look to the future, get onboard Grayhound.

Some of our crew bike one way and sail the other. Roscoff to Douarnenez is 97 km via the D75. We stow your bikes under the cover in the rowing gigs on the deck of Grayhound. 

Douarnenez is home port for sailing lugger Grayhound. She offers the opportunity to help revive tradition and trade under sail between France and the UK. Rather than needing to plan your travel back or to this Breton port, why not take a look at Grayhound's schedule and sail back across the channel?

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

B & B/Chambres d’hotes our recommendation in Douarnenez   http://www.pour-les-vacances.com/site-9780/

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen is an incredibly popular adventure charter vessel with many repeat customers. Her professional crew to guest ratio is one of the best in the business. With only 8 guest crew on board and the tight knit team of skipper, mate and chef to look after you, they have everything covered from cakes and freshly caught crabs to where to land for the best walks ashore.

Eda Frandsen specialises in sailing in north west of Scotland and Cornwall. Combine the good company and relaxed sailing instruction with some of the finest sailing grounds in Britain and you can see why Eda Frandsen was voted one of the 100 Greatest Holidays on the Planet’ in the Sunday Times and why this 1915 gaff cutter featured in the Independent’s guide to the ‘Best European Sailing Holidays'

Statistics

 

  • Length overall:73 ft 
  • Length on deck:56 ft

 

  • Year built:1938/1995
  • Vessel type/rig: Gaff Cutter

 

  • Guest berths: 8
  • Crew berths:  2

 

What Eda Frandsen Does Best

Exceptional Customer Care

Eda Frandsen offers authentic hands on sailing experience with a team well used to helping people get the most out of the sailing. Skippers James and Gabriel, the mate James Steveenson and Chloe the cook are passionate about your adventure, enjoyment and meeting your expectations of a sailing voyage.  You can expect to explore some amazing places and sail to the fullest extent that the weather allows. The care and attention you get on Eda Frandsen and a happy crew atmosphere, is a culmination of that experience.

James and Chloe welcome you on Eda Frandsen

A Different Anchorage Every Night

Eda Frandsen has spent decades exploring Scotland and her current owners are still revelling in the fact that they can still find new places to anchor, almost every week of the year.  With over 450 miles of coast around Skye alone, plus the Inner and Outer Hebrides within easy reach of a week voyage from Mallaig, you are really spoilt for choice.

Originally built as a Danish fishing boat Eda Frandsen has a tough oak hull with high bows which shrug off big seas. Equally at home sailing in the Western Approaches around Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, or making passage up and down the Irish Sea, there will always be a very special spot to anchor over night to relax and enjoy the wonderful food prepared for you.  

Eda Frandsen settles into a remote anchorage.
Eda Frandsen credit Georgia Witchell

Seafood, Local Produce and Wild Foraging

The combination of James and Gabriel's enthusiasm for catching crabs and lobster with the ships own creels (pots) with ships cook Chloe creating amazing puddings and home baking means the food is definitely going to be a highlight of your voyage. At Classic Sailing we are lucky that many of the vessels we work with cook exceptionally good food. On Eda Frandsen really everyone pulls out the stops to impress those taste buds on every voyage.  Most voyages start and finish in Mallaig, so the crew have established excellent sources of meat, cheeses and fresh vegetables. You really are getting a taste of the best that the Highlands and Islands can offer.  Eda Frandsen has run several whisky tasting voyages so the crew can tell you about the different drams you can taste on board.

Mallaig is a busy fishing port and the local fishermen respect that Eda Frandsen crews are out daily in all weathers just like them and this respect comes in handy when bartering for the fresh catches of scallops, langoustines or prawns from local fishing boats in out the way places.

Seafood is very popular on Eda Frandsen.
Seafood is very popular on Eda Frandsen.

Sailing Style on Eda

On Eda Frandsen the crew of three look after you well working hard to create stimulating itineraries around their favourite sailing ground that vary from week to week.  Memorable adventures under sail and opportunities to explore ashore are all based on their pioneering spirit to see what is around the next cove and over that wave ahead! 

Fundamental to your sailing holiday is the sailing action: Whether you are a newcomer, or already hooked on sailing, you will receive plenty of calmly given instruction on sailing how to sail this big gaff cutter. With no winches aboard, everyone is encouraged to join in as this is a truly hands on sailing experience. Don't worry if you are not built like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. It is all teamwork to use block and tackles to hoist up to 2210 sq ft of  glorious sail. Eda Frandsen is an incredibly seaworthy and stable stronger winds, yet with all 5 sails set in lighter airs is still quick and graceful through the water.

Owner and skipper James seamlessly creates a fun and friendly crew, with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere onboard. He describes a typical day in the Hebrides: "Each morning we will set sail to a new destination, find a secluded anchorage or bay for the night. Our plan for the week is flexible, we go with the weather rather than fight it, meaning every trip is different. If you have any places you would like to visit we will do our best to include requests where possible."

In the Hebrides you are usually day sailing and on any longer passages you may be sailing through the night. At night the guest crew will be part of a watch keeping system with the skipper or mate as your watch leader. Usually this is only for four hours and when you are off watch Eda Frandsen and the other watch team will keep you sailing whilst you are tucked up in your bunk.

 

2210 square foot of sail and a big bow wave on Eda frandsen

Life on Board

Eda has lovely wide decks, plenty of seating areas and a quirky saddle to sit astride when steering. The gleaming varnished woodwork and beautiful original features are hard to miss. 

Dinners are very sociable around Eda’s beautiful saloon where everyone can enjoy great food and discuss the events of the day in good company. In fine weather, lunch will be on deck, either sailing or in a beautiful anchorage. The kettle is always on with plenty of tea, coffee and home baking available. 

Eda Frandsen's ships wheel and saddle in Loch Huron

 

Accommodation on Eda Frandsen

The Saloon

The companionway steps are quite steep and have a descent of about 7 feet. Down in the depths of Eda is a cosy saloon and is the heart of the ship where there is full standing headroom. 

The cabins are tucked away from the main social area with a door, so you can use the upholstered seating around the table to relax any time of day.  The galley area is visible so you can chat to the cook from the saloon table and glean some cooking tips! 

As you look forward beyond the mast there is a bulkhead with the galley to starboard and a companionway to port which leads to two toilets - one with a shower and one with just a basin.   Beyond another door you can access the deck an alternative way via the fore hatch steps. Beyond are two more twin cabins and a small workshop.

Eda Fransden Saloon

 

Cabins

Eda Frandsen has 8 guest berths in 4 twin cabins. Two cabins are tucked either side of the main companionway, and two cabins are located forward. Any cabin can suit couples or individuals (bunks). There are two WC - one with a hand basin and a second WC with a shower. The water is heated by the engine or an immersion heater, so there should be hot water for a shower when you need it.

There is a separate crew quarters below the chart room accessed by a different companionway. The engine room is completely separate from the guest living area and well soundproofed.

Layout Plan showing cabins on Eda Frandsen

Galley

The galley looks too small to produce the amazing creations that the chef produces. As Chloe is from the Isles of Scilly she has grown up around boats, sand, sea and excellent sea food! 

Cooking on Eda Frandsen with Chloe Gillat

Plenty of Deck Space

On deck Eda Frandsen has a big ships wheel and an unusual saddle to sit astride when steering. Around the helm there is plenty of seating  and meals are often served up on deck when the weather permits. Many a lunch time buffet or afternoon tea has been consumed with 360 degrees of sea, mountain or cove as a jaw dropping backdrop.

Eda is15ft wide with wooden decks and high bulwarks, so you feel like you are on a proper ship when sailing in rougher weather, and at anchor you can usually drop down out of the wind behind the ships sides for a sunbathe or to tuck into a fresh crab salad.

Home made birthday cake!
 
Gaff Cutter Eda Frandsen -Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen - Ship Specification

Eda Frandsen History

Eda Frandsen was built in Grenna, Denmark in 1938 and started life fishing for lobsters and seine netting out of Lemvig.  Between 1990 and 1995 she was restored, however, these 5 years hide a story of amazing determination. Her past owners watched in horror one night as their painstaking restoration went up in flames.  A huge effort from volunteers and shipwrights saw the ship substantially rebuilt although many areas retain the original undamaged wood. In 1995 she rose like a phoenix to the admiration of the wooden boating world as an incredibly strong ‘new’ wooden charter boat and soon gained a loyal following of supporters who came to sail her.

She has sailed extensively in Spain,  Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and in 2002 she crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean  winning the Concourse D’Elegance prize in Antigua Classics.

Ship Specification

Year Built 1938  
Year Restored as Sailing Vessel 1995  
Length overall 73ft 22m
Length on deck 56ft 17m
Beam 15ft 4.6m
Draft 8ft 2.4m
Sail Area 2210 sq ft 205 sq m
Guest Crew Overnight 8  
Professional crew 3  
     

Facilities on Eda Frandsen

Eda has a large tender (ships boat) with outboard for getting ashore in remote places.  The ship is usually anchored most nights in stunning surroundings, as there are few places in NW Scotland where you can moor alongside.  Your landing stage is usually a beach or rocky shoreline.  There is a boom and capstan to hoist the ships boat aboard.  Eda a hydraulic anchor windlass so the guest crew don't have to haul up her long anchor chain.  The powerful engine is brand new - installed in 2016 and there is also a generator tucked away in the engine room, so there are 240V electricity to charge phones and cameras (UK 3 pin plugs) when the generator is on.

Safety Equipment and Emergency Proceedures

Eda Frandsen is a UK Maritime Coastguard Agency Coded Vessel with an operational area upto 60 miles from a safe haven.  She is equipped to this standard and beyond, and her Standard Operating Procedures and manning levels all conform to MCA requirements for commercial charter.

Communications and Navigation

Eda Frandsen has VHF DSC radio, Radar, Chart Plotter, AIS and an EPIRB

Hull design: Original lines of Eda Frandsen

Eda Frandsen - Meet the Skippers & Crew

Skipper James with Guest and a proud crab catch
The dream team will look after you, and protect you from fierce crabs

Skipper Profile - James MacKenzie

James owns Eda Frandsen and has skippered her full time for 5 years. In 2018 he is handing the full time skipper job to former mate Gabriel for most of the season, but James will still be skippering some voyages.

An experienced skipper, shipwright and furniture maker, James has been working at sea in one form or another since becoming the ‘boy’ in a small boatyard on Lake Windemere. James now has over 100,000 miles as skipper under his belt! James learnt the ropes of gaff rig sailing craft while working for 6 years for a sail training charity as mate and then skipper of Provident a 90ft ketch rigged Brixham Trawler. After a spell in the Caribbean on his own boat, working as a boat builder and yacht furniture maker, James returned to the UK in 2012. Classic Sailing whisked him literally off the pontoon to work for us as full time skipper of pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes. James revelled in the chance to throw a small traditional gaff cutter around, after the bigger vessels he had commanded. He introduced some great new voyages for us including 'The Wind Power Challenge' where crews tried to do everything under sail and oar, and well respected RYA Yachtmaster Exam Prep Courses on Eve.

James is the best instructor we have ever employed" Adam Purser, Managing Director of Classic Sailing

With 5 Atlantic crossings, one single-handed and numerous offshore races James has a wealth of experience. Although he enjoys the fast pace of modern race boats, the gaff rig has always drawn him back. His real passion lies in the beauty and peace of sailing a traditional boat, as it should be sailed. In 2013 James found the perfect charter vessel to set up his own business, and bought the impressive 56ft gaff cutter Eda Frandsen. Eda was already well known in Scotland as an adventure charter vessel for many years and James could envisage lengthening the season by sailing in and around Cornwall in the Spring and Autumn returning to the wild and beautiful Hebrides for the summer. Whilst James does not run RYA courses on Eda Frandsen, he is a patient and humorous RYA Yachtmaster Instructor who loves to teach guests everything from Matthew Walker knots to navigation or the finer points of crab creel placement.

James MacKenzie is a very calm RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and was Classic Sailing's instructor of choice for our Yachtmaster exam preparation courses on long keeled boats for many years.  He has worked on everything from Brixham Trawlers like Provident, sail training yachts to super yachts, and spent years thinking about how he would do things better with his own boat and sailing business.

Gabriel - Skipper

Gabriel has been the mate on Eda Frandsen for several years and is back again on Eda for another season, but this time as skipper. He has been relief skipper when James has taken time off, but this time Gabriel will be the full time skipper and James will be the relief. Well practised at running the guests ashore into rocky and beach landings in the ships dinghy, Gabriel is also a fanatical fisherman and will encourage one and all to join him in catching something for the pot.  

Eda Frandsen mate Gabriel is a keen fisherman
Eda Frandsen mate Gabriel is a keen fisherman

The New Mate - James Steevenson

Filling the yellow wellies left by Gabriel as he steps up to full time skipper in 2018 will be a challenge James Steevenson will be delighted to fill. A life outdoors as commercial fisherman, skier and sailor is just the energetic proving ground a new member of crew needs for Eda Frandsen adventure voyages. James spent several seasons working on West Country Trading ketch Bessie Ellen and passed his RYA Yachtmaster offshore on pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes.

The Chef - Chloe

Chloe comes from the Isles of Scilly so she is well used to boats and island life. Chloe's culinary creations are legendary even in Scotland and this popularity has been been instrumental in developing Eda Frandsen's special brand of sailing holiday and a major reason why guests return year after year. Her 'restaurant' is a 56 ft Danish sailing cutter, with panoramic views. Rhubarb pudding, fresh cinnamon buns for breakfast, crab salad with flat bread, haggis, roasts are all on the menu and Chloe is forever finding new ways to serve the fresh fish and seafood that the bountiful sea and local fishing boats provide. James and Chloe like to support Scottish butchers too and local vegetable suppliers. As James and Chloe live in Cornwall in the winter they know good local food suppliers locally so your voyages in Cornwall will have a distinct local flavour!   Please note that Chloe will bake pasties in Scotland or Cornwall so don't worry about missing out. 

 

Chloe is a passionate cook and enjoys using local produce.

 

 

 

 

Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Eda Frandsen

Footwear choice is important on Eda Frandsen in Scotland

Kit List for Eda Frandsen 

Included

  • Sailing instruction 

  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • All meals to including refreshments throughout the day.

  • Bed linen, duvet and pillow


What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
     
  • Towels
     
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
     
  • Meals ashore (if taken by agreement by all guests)
     
  • Alcoholic Beverages

 
What to bring


There is limited storage space on Eda Frandsen so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Eda Frandsen has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
     
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
     
  • Swim suit & beach towel
     
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
     
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
     
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
     
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
     
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
     
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
     
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
     
  • Camera/binoculars etc
     
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
     
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments

Eda Frandsen Reviews

triumphant crew on the Oban to falmouth voyage

Eda Frandsen - Customer Comments 

Cornish Voyages

What was the best bit?
The whole experience of being on such a wonderful boat with a crew who are clearly committed and passionate about what they do and enjoy sharing that. Their enthusiasm is infectious even in the face of the challenging weather we experienced which kept us within the confines of the Carrick Roads.
More specifically, Chloe’s delicious and plentiful food, and being rocked to sleep by the waves on the last night even though we were moored in Falmouth harbour!

What was the worst bit?
It was bitterly cold from a strong to gale force south easterly plus rain at times. But Eda has the luxury of hot water bottles for those in need!

Why do you sail? 
I just love being on the water, and (cautiously, because I am a novice with thus far, limited experience), I seem to enjoy it the rougher the sea.
Sharing this with a group of people who also enjoy the simplicity of being close to nature in this way. - Penny D - Falmouth Short Taster April 2019

 "Best bits were being on the helm and being trusted to do various jobs without having too much experience. Bearing in mind that we had terrible weather (April) all the crew still made sure we had a lovely and educational time." 5 stars for booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? Eda in Western Isles.  Jane on Eda

 "Exciting, interesting and enjoyable." Enjoyed the whole experience (apart from cold hands and feet). On safety - I never felt unsafe on Eda, even at the most exciting moments she makes you feel secure."

Can't wait for Falmouth race I'm one lucky person to be crew on this beast thanks to falmouth rotary club for the sponsorship. Also thanks to eda frandsen crew for accepting me in to the crew ."  Ben Moss Falmouth Classics 2014

Cook Chloe is not afraid of crabs on Eda Frandsen

Falmouth to Mallaig Voyage 

 "Extraordinary and hard trip, great experience, discovery of a new world (Ireland and Scotland). Aspects I enjoyed most - the longer periods of sailing, very friendly and very competent crew, excellent food." 5 stars for booking arrangements, welcome, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? square rigger." Chris on Eda

Sailing around Skye on Eda Frandsen. Melissa Williams on the Helm

Voyages in NW Scotland

What was the best bit?

The whole trip was just a fantastic experience. James was an extremely knowledgeable skipper...on everything from the boat to the natural history around us.
Dad particularly enjoyed seeing the Doosan engine!!!!!
The food was outstanding.

What was the worst bit?

Slightly choppy on the first morning!

Why do you sail? 

First time I had sailed. It was to provide some quality time for me, my father and two sons. It exceeded our expectations by a long way - Thanks Michael M for the feedback!

What was the best bit?

  • Bringing back memories of sailing with my dad,
  • dolphins racing Eda,
  • swimming on Mingulay and Andy playing the Mingulay Boat song there,
  • white sands and flowers on Pabbay,
  • beachcombing on the Monachs,
  • making it to St Kilda with gannets and scones, (Adam adds this note - plus proper Cornish Clotted Cream.) 
  • but most of all  the chattering, chuntering chittering  birds on the Shiants - especially the fulmar who had 12? attempts to land
  • and Chloe's lemon tarts, vegan soda bread, cheese scone, pasties

What aspects of the holiday did you least enjoy?

  • Remembering the ropes quickly enough and adjusting to a wheel not a tiller
Andy playing the Mingulay Boat Song off Mingulay on Eda Frandsen by Helen Phillips July 18
Andy playing the Mingulay Boat Song off Mingulay on Eda Frandsen by Helen Phillips July 18

What was the best bit?

All of it! Visiting the most amazing islands I never thought we would get to, amazing weather, fantastic food, great company

What was the worst bit?

Could have done with more wind (and more sailing, less motor). But you can't have it all and it meant we got places we wouldn't have otherwise.

Why do you sail? 

Haven't sailed for 25 years since I did the Tall Ships Race. But fell in love with it again and I will be back. Loved the freedom of the seas

Any other comments

The Eda Frandsen is a fantastic boat and the crew clearly care for her and are very sociable" 

rhum sunset, customer feedback
rhum sunset, customer feedback photo Alison .A.

"What was the best bit?

Sailing across northern tip of skye in katabatic F4/5 winds.

What was the worst bit?

No visibility all the way from Rum to Ronay. Nobody's fault, of course, but disappointing to have no views of skye at all.

Why do you sail?

Love the sea and the outdoors.

Any other comments

To a 70 year old, the skipper and mate looked incredibly young, but in no time at all I had complete confidence in their competence and experience. And they were such fun to be with. Penny was also amazing, both in the galley and as a sailing companion. 

Please thank Gabrial, James and Penny for everything they did to give us a such a great trip." - By Steve Wallace (2018 Scotland 6 Day Trip)

What was the best bit? The day spent on St Kilda.

What was the worst bit? Anxiety about sharing a very small space with people I had never met. Any fears were unfounded however.

Why do you sail? I have never sailed before but wanted to reach isolated p[arts of Scotland and see the area from a different angle.

Any other comments: The categories in the above questions do not allow for complementary comment beyond " good". This is unfair as most of my comments would be "Excellent" or indeed better than excellent." Richard H - Eda Frandsen 2nd June 9 Night Voyage 2018

Thank you James and Chloe, and Gabe who skippered us so brilliantly last week. Felt safe in your hands. We had an epic week and will be recommending you to our friends. Who can forget shopping for prawns at sea, a white Wellington boot and that breezy sail on Thursday? And we all want to know whether that couple who nearly didn't make it to Oransay are still a couple or not?! Oh and Chloe I am amazed I'm not the size of a house after your wonderful cooking." Facebook Review Gill J  June 2017

Many thanks to Jamie, Penny, Gabe and the other lovely people on board for a wonderful week's sailing in all types of weather and even hot sunshine! Thank you for the laughs, for showing me wonderful islands, puffins and for the amazing food!" Heather M H  Facebook Review - 28 May 2017 

 "Simply Perfect." Bits I enjoyed most - "Vessel/Crew/Area/FOOD" 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, amount of sailing-just right, good mix of sailing and ashore, felt safe all the time." Eddie on Eda 

 "Best Holiday Ever." What did you enjoy the most ? "Everything" Worst bits - " leaving the boat" 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. personal attention – a lot, felt safe all the time." Gaynor on Eda 

First Season - New Business 

"It exceeded expectations in every way. The aspects I enjoyed most was the relaxed approach of James and Becky and great places they took us to." 5 stars for website, booking arrangements, welcome, accommodation on board, safety briefing, quality of sailing, food quality, skipper and crew. amount of sailing-just right, felt safe all the time. What vessel next time ? Eda ! "  Caroline, on Eda Frandsen

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