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Escape to the Paimpol Festival

  • Vessel: Escape
  • Where: Devon
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Embark: Dartmouth - 29 July 2019, 11:00
  • Disembark: Dartmouth, Devon - 7 August 2019, 11:00

Sail from Dartmouth, head south across the channel and over to the Paimpol Festival in Brittany, France for a holiday of sailing, music and merriment.

Join Escape as she sails from her home port of Dartmouth, Devon to the Paimpol Festival in the Gulf of St. Malo, France.  A festival internationally renowned for its maritime history, classic boats and good music.

The winds and the tides will, of course, dictate Escape’s route and itinerary. She will either sail over to the Channel Islands or straight down to the French coast. From the Channel Isles, there are plenty of interesting anchorages to explore, and perhaps Escape will moor in the sweet village of Lezardieux before continuing to the festival town of Paimpol.

By the time you reach the French coast, classic vessels from all over the world will be spotted, sailing down for the festival. Many also stop at Lezardieux before making the final leg of their journey down, often forming an unintentional parade of sail, with traditional vessels racing past Ile de Brehat before sailing into Paimpol’s small harbour. Nose to tail with other wooden and classic ships, Escape will navigate her way to her festival berth as the atmosphere really starts to ramp up.

Once moored, you’ll be able to head onto the pontoon and explore. Many of the boats will be open to the public so you can have a good look around.  As the evening draws in, the music side of the festival truly comes alive. With sweet Breton cider, good French wine, and traditional music, dance the night away at the festival and return to Escape and enjoy the company of your crew and fellow shipmates on board. See Paimpol Festival website for lots more information.

With sea shanties, brass bands, buckets of maritime history and beautiful boats, this 10-day voyage incorporating the three-day festival is a must-see experience for all abilities and ages. Paired with a Channel crossing, this really is the adventure of a lifetime!

Andy the Skipper prides himself on the food served aboard Escape, with a delicious selection of meals all included in the price. With croissants, cream teas, cheese boards and fresh bread, you won’t be going hungry after an exhilarating day sailing on this stunning classic yacht.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Escape to the Paimpol Festival29 July 201910FULLFull


Guest berths: 6 Rig: Gaff Yawl

Escape is a 43-foot wooden classic gaff yawl built in 1937 by Kristensen in Norway. She was originally designed by Colin Archer as a sailing lifeboat but was refined to make her slightly smaller and easier to sail by her owners.

Today, her owner and skipper Andy sails his guests around the west country, from Escape’s home port of Dartmouth all the way down the Devon to Cornish coast, over to the Isles of Scilly and even across the channel to France! She’s the perfect vessel for a family holiday or for a group of friends after something a little different – and with great food and drink included in the price, a voyage on Escape won’t be forgotten!

Andy, his partner Tash and his crew will give you a totally relaxed holiday experience but if and when you do want to be involved, they are more than happy to share their knowledge and show you the ropes!

Read more about Devon Sailing on Escape on our Journal here.

More about Escape


  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Escape has two single berths and one double berth for guests in an open cabin arrangement. There are seat berths available as extras for children/family bookings if necessary.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    Escape has one toilet. She will harbour every evening to use yacht club showers.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, there are 12V USB cigarette lighter points available at all times. 240V standard socket charging is available when Escape is hooked up to shore power or when the generator is on.

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    Yes, Andy has some available.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.


From: Dartmouth

To: Dartmouth, Devon