Sailing to France; Festival Temps Fête Douarnenez
- Vessel: Unity
- Where: Falmouth, Cornwall
- Duration: 9 days
- Embark: Customs house Quay, Falmouth - 12 July 2022, 11:00
- Disembark: Customs house Quay, Falmouth - 20 July 2022, 11:00
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Explore the Breton coast to celebrate the Festival Temps Fête in Douarnenez with a whole boat charter on Unity.
Join Unity in the Cornish maritime port of Falmouth before hoisting the sails to leave one Celtic coast for another as you set a southerly course to Brittany. This voyage sees you enjoy the French sailing festival in Douarnenez and if anyone knows how to combine sailing, merriment and music for a holiday to remember – it’s definitely the French!
No experience is needed to climb aboard! Unity’s professional and experienced crew will teach you all you need to know. Hoist her sails, take the helm, try your hand at navigation or just kick back, relax, and take in the views – the choice is yours.
Festival Temps Fête in Douarnenez is a beautiful collection of classic boats from all over the world and is a haven for traditional wooden ship lovers. It also attracts an array of photographers and artists who want to immerse themselves within working boats and the beauty of Douarnenez and its two ports. Whilst one is the old fishing port, Rosmeur, there is another with wooden wharves lined with harbour-side bars and restaurants in the medieval town. Douarnenez Festival also offers plenty of races, sailing re-enactments and other activities on the water. The cobbled streets are perfect to explore the music, local shops and cuisine whilst reminiscing of a time when the wooden boats provided the town with trade as they docked in the port.
Unity is a Westcountry Cutter built using traditional methods for both speed and safety. She is the perfect vessel to learn how to sail and is easily handled by her crew. If you’re new to sailing and want to get to grips while in the shelter of the bay or you’ve had some experience and are looking to push yourself a little further – Unity can tailor her voyages to suit all.
All of Unity’s sailing holidays are all-inclusive. That means no cooking or cleaning with all your meals and a full crew with tuition included in the ticket price. Expect hearty home-cooked meals after a salty day sailing the coast.
Simply click the “Enquire Now” button to see where Unity could take you.
There are currently no voyages scheduled. Please get in touch with the VentureSail team to find out what’s available, or if other upcoming voyages might be suitable.
Call us in the Office on 01872 487288 or email [email protected], and we will be happy to help you find your next adventure!
Guest berths: 4 Rig: Pilot Cutter
Unity is a newly built Westcountry cutter, handcrafted in Cornwall and launched in 2016.
Built and owned by Jon Bray, Unity has been designed to take small groups with no sailing experience. She is perfect for small families who want to get to grips with sailing and life on the open water.
Her rig is based on that of a Pilot cutter so she is quick and easily handled while maintaining optimum safety for her guests aboard.
Above decks, she has a sunken cockpit and plenty of open deck space. Perfect if you want to anchor up and sit back with a book or watch the sun go down.
Below decks, she has been fitted to a high standard and has one double berth and two twin bunk berths in the fore cabin while the crew sleep in the aft. A generous saloon and galley give plenty of space for relaxing and feasting on home-cooked meals after an exhilarating day of sailing.
Unity offers fully-crewed private charter holidays for small families, couples or small groups looking for short breaks or week-long sailing holidays exploring the south coast of Cornwall.More about Unity
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.
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Unity?
Unity is still running a Test & Sail Policy for the 2022 sailing season whether guests are vaccinated or not. Please refer to our COVID page for more information.
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?
Yes, Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten Free diets can be accomodated. Please let us know at time of booking. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a Vegan menu.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
1x double berth, 2x twin bunk berths. There is one small bunk berth available for a young child.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
1x toilet (showers onshore)
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
Is there an age limit for children?
For private charter we recommend 5+ years on a 1:1 adult ratio but please check in the office.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are bedding and towels provided?
Are there life jackets provided?
Yes for adults but not for under 12's.
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
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: Customs house Quay, Falmouth
To: Customs house Quay, Falmouth
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
You can leave your car at any of the Long Stay car parks with a weekly or overnight ticket. You can pay using the JustPark app on your phone which can be easier. Try Church Street TR11 3RQ or The Dell TR11 3HP.
There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Truro from starting routes of Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Once at Truro station you will need to change onto the Maritime line to Falmouth Town Station.
The quickest way into the county during the spring/summer months, Newquay Airport requires taking either a taxi to Truro Train Station for the onward rail travel, or a taxi direct to Falmouth.
STAY IN FALMOUTH:
There are plenty of places to stay in Falmouth. Try The Chain Locker, Cutty Sark Inn or Seaview Inn.