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Brittany Sailing Expedition including Paimpol Shanty Festival

Berth Type

Single Berth Per Person

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£1600.00

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Tue 10-08-2021, 14:00Plymouth, UK Fri 20-08-2021, 08:00Plymouth, UK Pegasus 10 NightsPG100821

An amazing experience for anyone interested in sailing across the channel to France for a weekend of sea shanties during the biannual Paimpol Chant du Marin music festival. There will be an option to explore the Brittany coastline or Channel islands before and after the festival. It is about 70 miles to Guernsey or 100 miles to Isle de Brehat on the French side, but there will be night sailing and watches.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help create a Spectacle of wooden masts and sails
  • 2-4 August Paimpol Festival
  • A photographers or artists dream backdrop
  • About 300 miles of offshore sailing
  • Interesting navigation and tides in Brittany
  • Music and sailors from around the world
  • Summer evening with concerts and impromptu sessions

Pegasus

Vessel type / Rig Pilot Cutter
Guest Berths 10
Beam 14.9ft
Draft 8.6ft
Deck Length 56ft
Overall Length 74ft
Year Built 2008
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

An amazing experience for anyone interested in sailing across the channel to France for a weekend of sea shanties during the biannual Paimpol Chant du Marin music festival. There will be an option to explore the Brittany coastline or Channel islands before and after the festival. It is about 70 miles to Guernsey or 100 miles to Isle de Brehat on the French side, but there will be night sailing and watches. 

Once you are in Paimpol Festival for a few days, there is no scope for day sailing. It is an amazing festival atmosphere, and music happens everywhere. Being crew you can escape the bustle ashore by returning to your own vessel or going for a walk in the surrounding countryside. On wooden ships like Pegasus, being below decks is reasonably sound insulated if you need a rest from partying. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help create a Spectacle of wooden masts and sails
  • 2-4 August Paimpol Festival
  • A photographers or artists dream backdrop
  • About 300 miles of offshore sailing
  • Interesting navigation and tides in Brittany
  • Music and sailors from around the world
  • Summer evening with concerts and impromptu sessions
paimpol

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Paimpol Chant Du Marin Festival is one of our favourite summer festivals and a great excuse to sail around the Isle de Brehat and into the Gulf of St Malo. The British call it Paimpol Shanty Festival but it is much more than just sea shanties or fiddle music. Think Glastonbury Festival with Boats. The musical roots of many countries from Brazil to Lithuania, Russia to Ireland come together for an incredible mix of nautical culture, wooden boats, music and dance. Regular guest crew who have been to the festival before, skippers and all lovers of traditional music and street theatre eagerly await the voyages that feature this 2 yearly festival.

Pegasus in full flow
Pegasus in full flow

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described.

Across the Channel to the Granite Rose Coast

Plymouth in Devon generally provides a good sailing angle to make a swift passage to Brittany or the Channel Isles. Paimpol is in the Gulf of St Malo a little bit further South. In past years several wooden ships and working boats have headed for Lezardrieux before the festival and there has been an informal race – parade of sail around the corner of France and past the Isle de Brehat. Sailing up the Trieux River to this beautiful inland town could be your first stop and a welcome change from offshore sailing. Other first stops might be Guernsey, the Sept Isles, Isle de Brehat or Tregieur.  There are also anchorages in the shallow waters off the Paimpol.

Up the Channel to Paimpol

Getting into this tiny harbour involves a long approach channel over shellfish beds and mud flats and with hundreds of wooden boats nose to tail in a small channel. Chaotic, photogenic and building a sense of anticipation this procession ends with a sea lock into a wet dock. Thousands of people line the harbour walls to welcome the fleet and for a moment every vessel is celebrated.

Once you are in position, possibly rafted up alongside other sailing cutters or working craft, many vessels leave their sails up to look colourful. You can chill on you own boat, visit other vessels, or join the throngs ashore. Early morning the festival site is shut to the public so you can pop out to get the fresh baguettes or enjoy the peace.

Paimpol Festival
Paimpol Festival

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Any Channel crossing has the potential to be rough but Pegasus is strongly built and all round good sailing ship. Along the North Brittany and Channel Isles coasts the tides are fast and can kick up choppy seas. Once around the corner of the North Brittany coast the land creates some shelter from Atlantic swell. In Paimpol it is flat as a pancake …or crepe 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • pillows but you need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Bedding – but pillows are onboard. (Bring a sleeping bag)
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels

 

 

Start & End Port

Plymouth, UK

There are several marina docks in Plymouth.

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at “the Hanger Car Park” in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions – Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. – see info below.

Mayflower Marina – for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

MARINA ACCESS & ON SITE CAR PARKING
Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel – for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina – Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries www.mountbattenferry.co.uk

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps

Directions:

  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right.

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

View a Map of the location

Kit List

Kit list for Pegasus

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses)
  • Pillows
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (mix of sizes on board upto XL)
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day.

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
  • You need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Things to bring

  • A sleeping bag
  • Pyjamas,
  • 2 pairs of warm trousers,
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts,
  • 2 light sweatshirts or similar,
  • A fleece jacket,
  • Plenty of underwear and socks,
  • Warm hat and ordinary gloves,
  • Wellies or waterproof boots,
  • A pair of trainers,
  • Swimming kit,
  • Glasses or contact lenses,
  • Anti seasickness tablets,
  • Wash kit and towel,
  • RYA logbook if you have one,
  • DofE Logbook if appropriate,
  • Suncream and Sunglasses,
  • Reading book/magazine etc.

Vessel Gallery

Pilot Cutter Pegasus in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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