This cruise is intended for all experienced and courageous captains who want to further improve their sailing in the challenging conditions of the English Channel, where the tidal range reaches up to 13 metres. The voyage is also a theoretical and practical preparation for tidal waters and for the Class B - Yachtmaster Offshore exam.
Enjoy stunning landscapes, shoals, romantic islands and port restaurants. The Channel Islands are an eclectic mix of French charm and British culture. In the morning you can grab a flaky croissant and in the evening a beer with fish and chips in a typical British pub!
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Price: 990 EUR
Date: 8. 5. - 19. 5. 2021
The cruise is beautiful and full of interesting places, but it is also difficult to navigate. You will become perfectly acquainted with the tides and all the tricks of the shoals. The exact route of the voyage will depend on the weather and current conditions and is decided by the captain who will accompany you through the rugged waters of Brittany.
Who is the voyage suitable for?
- Intermediate and advanced sailors.
- Captains who want to improve their boat control under the difficult conditions of the English Channel. At the same time, the voyage is a theoretical and practical preparation for tidal waters and for the Class B - Yachtmaster Offshore exam.
What will you learn during the cruise?
- To calculate the height and time of the tide
- To calculate the strength and direction of tidal currents
- To practically use calculation results in sailing and navigation
- To coordinate the crew during a continuous voyage
- To lead the boat in difficult weather conditions
- To sail 600-900 NM in 10 days (weather depending)
The exact route will depend on the weather and current conditions, and will be decided by the captain.
- St. Malo - Isles of Scilly (weather depending) - St. Michael’s Mount - Falmouth - Plymouth or The Channel Islands - Alderney - Saint Peter Port on the island of Guernsey - Herm - Sark - Iles Chausey - Las Blainvillais - Cancale
How does Captain Pavel Janeček describe his route near Brittany?
"We’ll set sail from St. Malo on the first 200NM-long stage. If the wind allows it will take us to the Isles of Scilly poking out of the waters of the Atlantic to the west of England. These islands, although a massive ship graveyard, are truly beautiful. There is a surprisingly mild climate and almost Mediterranean-like vegetation. The Gulf Stream ensures it isn’t cold in winter and not too hot in summer. Sailing between the islands is a big test of navigation skills but visiting the islands is more than enough for your efforts. Lush vegetation, pleasant inhabitants and seaside restaurants, from which we won’t want to leave.
From Scilly we head to Lands End, perceived by ancient sailors as the end of the world. This place has a special atmosphere and for many a sailor it was the final last fixed point they ever saw. There are ripples drawn on the map around Lands End, so maybe our stomachs will find out (if they don't already know by then) what seasickness is.
Západ slunce nad mysem Cornwall poblíž Land's End
Another planned visit is to the beautiful island castle of St. Michael’s Mount. It is a small equivalent of the French Le Mont Saint Michel, but the English are justifiably proud of it. If we calculate it well, we will be able to land directly in the old castle port. I do not recommend having chocolate cake in the pleasant local pub as I suspect the chef makes this cake from fish. From St. Michael's Castle we head to Lizard Point. You’ll know this place from the books of Richard Konkolský.
All transatlantic races start on an imaginary line between Lizard Point and the island of Ushant near Brest. It is possible to land in a bay near the cape under the lighthouse, but only in good weather.
Behind Lizard Point is the large port of Falmouth, where we will finally be able to sleep in peace at the marina and enjoy all the comforts of the mainland. Apart from the harbour restaurants, the modern National Maritime Museum near the port is also worth a visit.
From Falmouth we will head either to the port of Plymouth or back to the Channel Islands in the English Channel. The English call it the English Channel, so if you're talking about this channel with the English, be careful not to call it a French name. The first island will be Aderney. Landing is difficult, so you definitely won’t forget your arrival but it is a very interesting place.
Weather permitting, we'll take a little trip around this farming island. An interesting navigation exercise awaits us from Aderney, the result of which will take us to Saint Peter Port on the island of Guernsey. The Druid menhirs demonstrate the ancient settlement of the island and are well worth a visit. The two small islands near Guernsey are called Herm and Sark.
Ostrov Herm a pláže jako z Karibiku
Herm has beautiful sandy beaches reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea and Sark, until recently, had been the last remaining feudal fief in Europe. The people of the island voted that they no longer wanted to be “serfs”, established a democracy and elected the former feudal lord or “Seigneur” as their head. There are no taxes on Sark, so it is a paradise for all employees and entrepreneurs. It is also a beautiful island that is worth exploring.
From Sark we head around Jersey (where we will stop, if we have time) to the French shoals of the Iles Chausey. Here again, we can’t take navigation lightly. At low tide, the shoals are completely exposed above sea level whereas at high tide, just a few small islands poke out. The currents between the islands reach up to 8 knots and you really can't sail against that. Here you can even catch a glimpse of rapids on the open water.
There is an excellent restaurant on the main island of Las Blainvillais, where you can enjoy delicious English fish and chips. The final stop on the voyage is the French port of Cancale, a beautiful harbour town featuring Brittany's most famous oysters. Such excellent oysters and shrimps can’t be tasted anywhere else in the world. And in the morning it’s just a short trip to Saint Malo."