Travelling by small boat using only sail and oar is a fast-growing trend in several countries. It seems a logical rebellion against excessive consumption of fossil fuels to go travelling. The re-connection with nature, health benefits of outdoor physical exercise and the re-learning of practical skills that were once common all around the coasts of Europe is all part of the attraction.
In France, a movement called Voile-Aviron (sail and oar) is sweeping the coastline. People are discovering the delights of sailing simple, traditionally inspired boats, mostly without engines. there is always a French sailor to be found at maritime festivals, standing up proudly sculling like a boatman, when his weekday job is high tech in an office. Voile Aviron rallies can attract crowds of dinghies sailing up a river to an anchorage when boats can raft up for a party or a meal together.
‘Gunkholing’ is a popular activity in USA, where groups of small boats sail to a secluded spot, drag their boats up the beach, erect a tent and light a fire to cook the fish they have caught.
A more competitive type of dinghies cruising together are the small boat ‘Raids‘ that have become popular in Scandinavia and elsewhere. These are typically a race under sail and oar over several days, tackling long distances like the Caledonian Canal or crossing archipelagoes island to island.
Come for a Taster on Outdoor Girl
If you lack an adventure buddy to sail your own boat or just want to pick up some skills before you try it for yourself, then our 2-3 day sailing and camping expeditions might be just the thing.
Outdoor Girl has all the camping exquipment and is located in the perfect small boat sailing grounds of South Cornwall. There are tidals rivers stretching deep inland and a