Departing from La Rochelle, you will stop over on the 3 islands that make up the Antioch sluice: Ré, Oléron and Aix. On such a route the objective is to study and carry out, according to the tide times and the weather, the entrances to ports encountered on the way (La Flotte en Ré, St Martin de Ré, Ars en Ré, St Denis d’Oléron, Le Douhet, Boyardville, etc.) moor there and set off again: it will be easier for you to return independently next time.
Head northwest to one of the ports of Vendée (Bourgenay, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Les Sables d’Olonne) or depending on your wishes and the weather, stopover in one of the magnificent anchorages on the magnificent island of ‘Yeu (Port de la Meule, cove des Soux, du Château, etc.)
After tasting the local specialties (smoked tuna, lobster, patagos, etc.), head for the bay of Quiberon and its islands (Houat, Hoëdic, Belle-île, etc.) and why not a detour to the Gulf of Morbihan if the weather is favorable?
Road to La Rochelle while maneuvering and tuning this magnificent sailboat that is the Pogo 1250, a cruise ship unlike any other. Its powerful hull will take you at speeds you have not yet experienced, and its comfort to live in makes it the ideal boat to discover while having fun.
During this coastal navigation, you will take full advantage of the different aspects of life on board while training yourself in the techniques necessary for autonomy on a sailboat: port maneuvers, local and general weather, point on nautical chart with and without GPS, settings , mooring, beaconing, reefing, spinnaker maneuvers, …
You will navigate mainly during the day with stopovers in port or at anchor, and will thus fully enjoy the different aspects of life on board while training yourself in the techniques necessary for autonomy on a sailboat.
The on-board instructor adapts his instructions according to the level and objectives of each team member and will alternate practice with more theoretical sessions with topics related to the use of safety equipment, various emergency procedures, preparation before navigation ( man and ship), mechanics, navigation on paper and electronic charts, weather forecast, routing, etc.
The purpose for trainees is generally a rental, a boat purchase, the integration of a crew for a cruise or simply the pleasure of knowing how to navigate aboard a sailboat in complete safety.
Another possibility: you can also choose the boat you want (POGO 30, POGO 36, POGO 1250, POGO 44, NEEL 43 or TS42) on which we add a coach on the dates that suit you for a tailor-made program.
Departure from Dahouët (Brittany) on a TS 42 catamaran:
Sailing between Saint Malo and Roscoff (https://www.portsdebretagne.fr/cartographie) a different anchorage each evening in a North Brittany port, the precise locations will depend on the weather!
Here are a few examples:
The port of Gwin-Zegal (Côtes d’Armor)
At the foot of the cliffs of Plouha, this is one of the last pile harbours in the country, if not in Europe. To the west of a wild peninsula, around thirty small boats can moor on piles 8 to 10 metres high, which are actually trees with their stumps removed and planted in the sandy bottom. The process, used since the Middle Ages, ensures the stability of the trunk, which is surrounded by stones.
The port of Paimpol (Côtes d’Armor)
The old port that was home to the schooners that set off to fish for cod in Iceland is now entirely devoted to pleasure boating. To access it, sailors have to match their sailing times to those of the tide, as Paimpol cove dries out at low tide. On the quays Neuf and Morand, in the charming little streets, the soul of Pierre Loti still vibrates; you could almost hear the terre-neuvas singing one of their mythical salty songs.
The port of Roscoff (Finistère)
This former privateer’s haven is now a small town with character and a unique atmosphere. Recently equipped with a quay for fishing boats, a fish market and a marina, it offers a setting with a strong soul, between tradition and modernity.
This is first and foremost a sailing course, with instruction in manoeuvres and trimming on a high-performance catamaran, ideal for learning!
We offer 10-day courses to the Isles of Scilly aboard a TS 42 catamaran:
Departure from Dahouët in Brittany, stopover on the island of Bréhat, Roscoff, the Scilly Isles for 2/3 days, Plymouth, Guernsey, return to Dahouët.
It was an excellent experience, with 2 Channel crossings.
From 27/05 to 06/06/24
From 23/09 to 02/10/24
Timetable: courses start at 4pm on the first day, end at 9am on the last day.
Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canaries) in RM 1180:
Sail to the heart of the Canaries aboard a high-performance yacht!
From Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the East of the Canaries :
– Head for Gran Canaria :
Gran Canaria is a diverse island, with its 60 km of golden sandy beaches and breathtaking natural scenery, as well as on the other hand, a city with many shopping streets and museums.
– Fuerteventura :
The island of Fuerteventura was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2009, thanks to the immensity of its volcanic landscape and the purity of its beaches. You can also discover the gastronomy of its villages, including the delicious ‘majorero’ cheese produced on the island.
– Lanzarote :
Lanzarote is a volcanic island where peace and quiet reign. You can disconnect from the rest of the world on one of its pristine beaches or admire its spectacular volcanoes and caves.
From Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the west of the Canaries :
This is one of the smallest and wildest islands in the Canary archipelago. You can explore its lush forests and long black-sand beaches with crystal-clear waters.
You’ll discover volcanoes, lush forests, numerous hiking trails, as well as very clear skies that are ideal for stargazing. You can also visit the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, a small town with an immense cultural, historical and artistic heritage.
– El Hierro :
This is the smallest of the islands, but also one with the most contrasts. With its lush green forests, volcanic land and the clear waters of La Restinga marine reserve, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover the island’s exceptional natural beauty.
From 11 to 18 Nov 2024
From 20 to 27 Nov 2024
Times: courses start at 4 p.m. on the first day and finish at 9 a.m. on the last day.