Sailing & Exploring the coast of Brittany
- Vessel: Grayhound
- Where: Penzance, Cornwall
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Penzance - 30 July 2022, 11:00
- Disembark: Penzance - 8 August 2022, 14:00
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Join Cornish Lugger Grayhound in Penzance as she crosses the Channel to explore the coast of Brittany, France.
This coastal exploration will start and end with a crossing of “Mor Breizh”, Breton for English Channel. While crossing one of the busiest sailing and shipping routes in the world we need to keep a good lookout on our watches. By the time we reach the Finistére in Brittany we will be ready for a relaxed and joyful sail along beautiful coastlines seeing natural wonders and visiting famous local sites.
There is no shortage of beautiful coastal navigation areas in Finistère. During this navigation, we will focus on the area around the Ponant Islands. Ouessant, Sein and the famous Raz de Sein, the Molène archipelago, the coves and hidden caves of the bay of Douarnenez, Camaret, Aber Wrach … Have you dreamed of passing between the Tas de Pois, as on the mythical photos of ships passing between the Brest and Douarnenez festivals? We will spend the days sailing and anchor up at night in beautiful calm bays. You will be involved in most aspects of navigating and the ship as well as exploring coves, islands and caves with our din.gy
If time and weather allows we will moor up in Port Rhu in Douarnenez for a visit in this wonderful little fishing town with three harbours! It is also ‘homeport’ of Grayhound. The crew knows their way around and can make sure that you have a wonderful meal in one of the local Créperies in town as well as visiting some of the nice artisanal shops.
The crews will go out of their way to offer the program that best suits your needs and the weather! Our local skipper Filémon knows the area by heart!
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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Lugger
Grayhound is a three-masted, wooden tall ship Lugger who was first launched in 2012. She is a a 5/6th scale replica of the original “Grayhound” who was built in Cornwall in 1776 and used as a Customs Lugger. Under new ownership, she nows resides primarily in Douarnenez, France but certainly still loves to explore the seven seas.
True to her original ancestors, Grayhound has been traditionally built with her rigging the same as you’d find it back in 1776. Her owners relish the opportunity to give guests a true and exhilarating sailing experience, taking them back in time for a truly fascinating sailing holiday adventure. Sailing with Grayhound is a hands-on experience and guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this unique 18th century style Lugger.
The traditional fit out and use of timber continues but with considered spaces and a few more mod-cons! A communal saloon area sleeps 5 guests centred around an impressive oak table with a further five berths in the shared fore cabin. Each bunk has a privacy curtain. There is an eco toilet onboard and a shower for emergencies but guest showers are taken ashore as much as possible. Life on board is predominantly vegetarian unless meat and fish is caught sustainably whilst sailing!
The owners and crew of Grayhound are passionate about sustainable sailing and their impact on the natural world. By harnessing the power of wind, Grayhound reduces engine time, minimising carbon emissions and pollution. Sailing encourages a slower pace, allowing guests to appreciate the journey and the destinations without rushing. Grayhound believes in a promoting a deeper connection with nature, as the rhythmic movement of the boat and the sound of the wind create a sense of serenity with the landscapes around us.
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Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We are primarily a vegetarian (not vegan) ship. Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible. We have a well-equipped galley where we cook healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10x single berths in the saloon and the fore cabin. (some can be made into "doubles")
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets. There is a shower on board but we use it as little as possible because we have a limited water supply. We tend to use the showers ashore in the marinas that we visit. There is plenty of seawater for bucket-showers on deck or for a nice morning swim around the ship. Bring biodegradable wet wipes to keep clean. You will be amazed on how fresh you feel at sea!
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
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.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
The Harbour Long Stay carpark (TR18 2JX) is a 5 minute walk from the quay. It’s recommended that guests purchase a day parking permit using the JustPark app on arrival.
Penzance train station is about a 10 minute walk from Penzance Harbour. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway from Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington into Penzance.
Newquay Airport requires taking either a taxi to Redruth Train Station and then the train to the end of the line at Penzance, or a taxi direct to Penzance.
STAY IN PENZANCE:
There are plenty of places to stay in Penzance. Try Chapel House Hotel, The Dock Inn or Hotel Penzance.