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Coastal Exploration La Rochelle and the Gironde

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Sun 23-06-2024, 17:00La Rochelle, France Thu 27-06-2024, 10:00Bordeaux, France Morgenster 4 NightsMS240623

Join on a 5-day journey from La Rochelle’s historic harbour, complete with its iconic twin towers. If time allows, explore nearby islands like Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron. We’ll sail to the Cordouan Lighthouse, a maritime marvel, before entering the Gironde River to reach Bordeaux, a city rich in culture and very important for wine connoisseurs.


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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Start in La Rochelle, a harbour town with historic twin towers.  
  • Sail along the coast to the south.  
  • See the Cordouan Lighthouse, a world-renowned beacon.  
  • Navigate the Gironde River.  
  • End in Bordeaux, a city of wine and culture.  
  • Number of nights at sea: 4  

Morgenster

Vessel type / Rig Brig
Guest Berths 24
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 125ft
Overall Length 151ft
Tonnage 159 tons
Year Built 1919
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR…

Morgenster is one of the best for your first tall ships experience. She is small enough not to feel overwhelmed, but big enough to try everything you find a square sailed tall ship.

Meet the Morgenster: A Floating Masterpiece
The Morgenster is no ordinary ship; she’s a square rigger, demanding a larger crew to make her truly come alive. It’s a bit like directing an orchestra; every hand plays a part in creating a harmonious journey. From hoisting the sails to steering the ship, there’s a role for everyone, and you’re encouraged to dive in as much as you wish. 

Coastal Exploration La Rochelle and the Gironde

Set sail from La Rochelle, a maritime gem on France’s Atlantic coast. The harbour, guarded by two imposing towers, iEmbark on a voyage from La Rochelle, a maritime jewel nestled on the Atlantic shores of France. The harbour, flanked by two grandiose towers, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you’ve got some time to spare before we set sail, why not wander through the town’s quaint, cobblestone lanes? Or perhaps hop on a quick ferry jaunt to the neighbouring islands of Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron—both are sensory delights.

Once we’ve hoisted the sails in La Rochelle, we’ll let the wind be our guide as we make our way southward along the coastline. Our journey will lead us to the Cordouan Lighthouse, often hailed as the world’s most stunning beacon. Trust me, it’s a spectacle you’ll want to etch into your memory. From this point, we’ll steer into the Gironde River, our watery pathway to the ultimate destination: Bordeaux. Ah, Bordeaux—a paradise for oenophiles and a mecca for culture vultures. It’s well worth lingering a bit longer to soak up all that this vibrant city has to offer.

s a sight to behold. If you arrive early, consider exploring the cobbled streets or taking a short ferry ride to the nearby islands of Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron. They’re a treat for the senses.

From La Rochelle, we’ll catch the wind and head south along the coast. Our route takes us to the Cordouan Lighthouse, often called the most beautiful lighthouse in the world. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.

 As we sail into the Gironde River, you’ll find yourself enveloped by the region’s natural beauty and rich history. It’s a place where vineyards kiss the riverbanks and ancient châteaux stand as silent witnesses to time’s passage. The Gironde is more than just a geographic location; it’s the essence of what makes this part of France so captivating. Whether you’re a wine aficionado keen to explore the famed vineyards or a history buff eager to delve into the area’s storied past, the Gironde region offers a tapestry of experiences that enrich our journey to Bordeaux. 

 Bordeaux. This city is a haven for wine lovers and a cultural hotspot. It’s worth extending your stay to explore its many offerings.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Sailing from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in June typically brings warm and pleasant weather. You can expect mild to warm temperatures, with highs averaging around 22-25°C (72-77°F). Winds are generally gentle, mainly from the west or northwest, making for comfortable sailing conditions. However, do keep an eye out for occasional showers or thunderstorms, as they can occur. For first-time sailors, this journey in June offers a relatively gentle introduction to the world of sailing, with enjoyable weather conditions for your voyage.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 

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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.

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.

Start & End Port

La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle Twin Towers

La Rochelle

How to Get There

From the UK:

If you’re setting out from the UK, you’ve got a few options. The Eurostar train can take you from London to Paris, and from there, a TGV will whisk you to La Rochelle in about three hours. If you’re more of a road warrior, you can take your own car via the Channel Tunnel and enjoy a scenic drive through the French countryside. Ferries are also an option, but let’s be honest, you’re already on a boat, aren’t you?

From Europe:

For those coming from mainland Europe, the train is your best bet. La Rochelle is well-connected to major cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Nantes. Coaches and buses are also available, but they can be a bit of a drag compared to the speed and comfort of the train.

From North America:

If you’re crossing the pond, you’ll likely fly into Paris. From Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can catch a direct TGV train to La Rochelle, or opt for a domestic flight if you’re in a hurry.

From Australia:

For our mates down under, the journey is a bit longer. You’ll likely have a layover in Asia or the Middle East before landing in Paris. From there, the travel options are the same as those coming from North America.

 

What to Do in La Rochelle

History:

La Rochelle is steeped in maritime history. The city’s Old Port is a living museum, and the Maritime Museum is a must-visit. Don’t miss the Saint-Louis Cathedral and the city’s ancient fortifications.

Culture:

The city is a melting pot of French culture and maritime traditions. The Francofolies music festival is a highlight, and the local art scene is vibrant, to say the least.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor:

Ah, now we’re talking. The coastal views are stunning, especially from the Tour de la Lanterne. The nearby Île de Ré offers beautiful harbours, and the Phare des Baleines lighthouse is a sight to behold. There are also numerous headlands and bays that make for excellent sailing or quiet contemplation.

Entertainment:

La Rochelle’s nightlife is a mix of traditional French cafés and modern bars. Live music is common, and you might even stumble upon a sea shanty or two.

Eating Out:

Seafood is the star here. Oysters from the local beds are a must-try. For a more upscale experience, head to Coutanceau for some Michelin-starred dining.

Nature:

The nearby Marais Poitevin offers a unique marshland experience. If you’re more of a beachcomber, the coastline offers numerous sandy stretches, perfect for a day ashore.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

 

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

 

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

 

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

 

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

 

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

 

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Bordeaux, France

 

Bordeaux Wine Cellar

Bordeaux, France

How to Get There

 

From the UK

Flying is the most straightforward way to get to Bordeaux from the UK, with Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport offering good connections. If you’re more of a landlubber, consider taking the Eurostar and TGV trains for a scenic journey. Ferries to nearby French ports are also an option, followed by a drive to Bordeaux.

 

From Europe

If you’re coming from within Europe, the train is a convenient choice. Bordeaux is well-connected to major cities like Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Driving through the French countryside is also a viable option if you’re up for a road trip.

 

From North America

For those coming from across the pond, you’ll likely land in Paris first. From there, you can either catch a domestic flight to Bordeaux or take the TGV train for a more leisurely journey.

 

From Australia

It’s a long trek from Australia, usually with layovers in places like Dubai or Singapore. Once you reach Paris, you can catch a connecting flight to Bordeaux.

 

What to Do in Bordeaux

 

History

The city is a treasure trove of historical landmarks. From the UNESCO-listed Bordeaux Historic Centre to the iconic Grosse Cloche and Bordeaux Cathedral, there’s plenty to explore. The Cité du Vin offers a modern take on the history of wine.

 

Culture

Bordeaux is a hub of artistic and cultural activities. The Bordeaux Opera and various art galleries offer a feast for the senses. Annual festivals like the Bordeaux Wine Festival and the Dance Biennale add to the city’s cultural richness.

 

Sites of Interest to a Sailor

The Garonne River is the city’s aquatic backbone, offering stunning views and a unique perspective of Bordeaux. A short drive away, the Bay of Arcachon awaits, providing a different kind of sailing experience.

 

Entertainment

When the sun sets, Bordeaux comes alive. The city offers a range of nightlife options, from bars and clubs to live music venues, catering to all musical tastes.

 

Eating Out

Bordeaux is a culinary paradise. Whether it’s gourmet dining or a simple café experience you’re after, the city has something to offer. And let’s not forget, the wine is exceptional.

 

Nature

For those looking to connect with nature, the Landes Forest and the Dune of Pilat offer a refreshing break from city life. Hiking, cycling, and even paragliding are among the outdoor activities you can indulge in.

 

Unique Features

What makes Bordeaux unique is its seamless blend of old and new, from its architecture to its relationship with the Garonne River. Every visit offers something new, making Bordeaux a city that never ceases to surprise.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

 

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

 

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

 

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

 

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

 

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

 

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Morgenster

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.
  • Morgenster does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Morgenster has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.

Review

Online Reviews

 

I loved it.

I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!

Least enjoy - Nothing.

Why do I Sail?

I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!

Liz K sailed in 2017

 

What was the best bit?

Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm. 
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019. 

Great experience, will definitely be doing it again.  Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018

"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017

Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.

Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F

The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer
The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer

Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.

Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G

What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L

Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K

What was the best bit?

The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G. 

Vessel Gallery

Tall Ship Morgenster 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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