Learn to sail between La Rochelle and the Vendée

Improve your sailing skills and become independent!
Sailing course in Charente-Maritime and Vendée
Departure La Rochelle (France)
8 days, 7 nights
You will love:
  • • Progress alongside a qualified trainer
  • • Learn how to manoeuvre with a sail and a motor
  • • Sail in a renowned sailing basin
from
1 095 €
per person
What if you were to participate in an 8-day coastal sailing course to sail the Atlantic coast from east to west? You will sail on a performing Pogo 12.50, and learn from a professional trainer. Depending on the weather conditions and your expectations, you can sail along the Charente coast to Royan via Ré, Oléron, Rochefort...) or the Vendée coast to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (possible stopovers in Sables d'Olonne, la Tranche-sur-Mer...).

Some departures can be arranged according to the level of the participants. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Your Boat

Boat
Come aboard Luna Rosa, a Pogo 12.50 combining power and comfort when sailing. Thanks to its width (4.50 metres), you will be able to take full advantage of the cockpit and its benches to enjoy the landscape. Both spacious and functional, the saloon will allow you to move around with ease and share friendly moments. Its double steering wheel will be ideal for all those who want to learn or improve their sailing skills. The boat is also equipped with a lifting keel to get as close to the coast as possible.

To note: depending on the number of participants, this cruise can be done on board a POGO 36 (3 double cabins and a shower room), or a Pogo 30 (2 double cabins and a shower room).
Specifications
Boat Model:Pogo 12.50
Type:Sailboat
Number of Cabins:3
Maximum Capacity:6
Crew Members:1
Comfort onboard:

Kitchen
Cockpit table
Companionway canopy
Windlass
Deck shower (hot water)
MP3 player
Dinghy with engine
Layout
Protocol related to the Covid-19 health crisis:
This boat is meticulously cleaned by a specialised company who manually use approved products made in France with a contact time of 15 minutes. You will find more details in the FAQ at the bottom of the page.
The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Your Cabin

Cabin
This yacht has 3 double cabins, so it can accommodate up to 6 passengers and 1 skipper. You will have at your disposal 1 shower room.
The skipper usually sleeps in the saloon. However, if you wish, a cabin can be allocated to him (do not hesitate to contact us for more information).

Itinerary

Map
Whether you are a beginner sailor or a seasoned sailor looking for experience, this cruise is for you! We offer you an 8-day escape from your daily routine to take a breath of fresh air and learn the basics of sailing.
DAY 1 : La Rochelle
You will meet at 6pm in the port of La Rochelle for your boarding. After having met your trainer and your crew, you will familiarise yourself with the boat and its equipment. You will then discuss the different points you wish to work on: manoeuvres in port, navigation on the chart, tide calculation, sail adjustment, solo manoeuvres... The objective is to gain autonomy!
You will cast off the next morning.

DAYS 2 to 7: Sailing
Your trainer will suggest itineraries according to your objectives, the tides and the weather conditions. Below is a non-exhaustive list of possible stops.

The Charente Coast

  • The island of Ré, a small corner of paradise where peace and quiet reign. It is one of France's favourite destinations and has been awarded the "Pays d'art et d'histoire" label. The island is made up of 10 villages with remarkable heritage and architecture. During your stopovers you will discover, among others:
    • Ars-en-Ré and its salt marshes topped by its surprising black and white painted bell tower.
    • Saint-Martin de Ré and its pleasant walk along the ramparts. The bell tower of the church, called "observatory", offers a unique view of the town.
    • Saint-Clément-des-Baleines dominated by its lighthouse. Climbing its 257 steps will take you 57 metres up for a breathtaking view.

  • The island of Oleron, or the "luminous island" as some people call it, has an incredible cultural and natural diversity. You will wander between beaches, marshes and forests to discover some of its towns:
    • Saint-Denis d'Oléron and the unmissable Chassiron lighthouse overlooking the Pertuis d'Antioche. Its museum (suitable for both adults and children) will allow you to learn more about the history between the islanders and the sea. You will be surprised to see old colourful cabins on the beach at La Boirie.
    • Boyardville, the ideal place to take a break from the wind and admire Fort Boyard.

  • The island of Aix, as small as it is (1.19 km²) charmed Napoleon in the 19th century. His former residence has been transformed into a museum.
  • Fort Boyard, a name that is almost world famous thanks to the success of its famous TV game show.
  • Rochefort , a town steeped in history. You will reach it after sailing up the Charente estuary, in the middle of a wild and preserved nature. It is also the birthplace of the Liberty Frigate, the Hermione, a faithful replica of the one built in the 18th century and commanded by La Fayette.
  • Royan, a family seaside resort, which will plunge you into the heart of the 50s. Its town centre is known for the atypical architecture of its Notre-Dame de Royan church, but also for its covered market with its circus-like appearance.
  • The Cordouan lighthouse, classified as a historic monument in 1862 and a candidate for UNESCO, is the oldest lighthouse in France still in operation! From the top of its 311 steps, the view is splendid.

- The Vendée coast -

  • La Tranche-sur-Mer, a very popular commune for water sports enthusiasts. Its 13 km of fine sandy beaches make it one of the most pleasant places to relax, swim or stroll through its town centre.
  • Les Sables d'Olonne, an elegant town with varied landscapes (dunes, forests, marshes...). You will have a good idea of the architecture of the end of the 19th century by looking at the Remblai promenade. It is impossible to talk about this town without mentioning the mythical Vendée Globe, a non-stop solo race which takes place every 4 years. Next start in 2024...
  • - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has the largest sardine port on the Atlantic coast. True emblem of the city, the sardine, has its own festival: the Spring of the Sardine. You will see the Josephine Tower just before you dock at Port La Vie. This port "in the city" is accessible at all hours and protected, for the pleasure of boaters.

  • The island of Yeu, formerly known as the island of Oya, is located 15 km off the Vendée coast. It has many surprises in store for you, both buildings and legends.
    • The Dolmen of Petits Fradets or dolmen de la Gournaise, testifies to a human presence dating back more than 5000 years.
    • The Vieux Château, a remarkable fortress surrounded by water that has stood through the ages since the 14th century.
    • The Citadel (or fort of the Pierre Levée) would almost go unnoticed in the middle of a nature that seems to want to regain its rights. It was used, among other things, as a place of detention for Marshal Pétain.
    • The Lighthouse of the Crows dominates the south-eastern point of the island from its 19 meters high. Its light sweeps 18.5 miles out to sea.

DAY 8: La Rochelle
Your return to the port of La Rochelle is scheduled for 9am (a little earlier for those disembarking on the island of Ré).
Your stops:
The Charente coastline: La Rochelle > Île de Ré > Ile d'Oléron > Royan > La Rochelle >
The Vendée coast: La Rochelle > Île de Ré > La Tranche-sur-Mer > Les Sables d'Olonne > Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie > Ile d'Yeu > La Rochelle
The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions

Prices

Departure / ReturnDouble CabinPrice per person incl. VAT
September 2021
Saturday 25 Sep
Saturday 02 Oct
1 095 €
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Price includes• Accommodation in a shared double cabin
• Services of the instructor (state qualified)
• Bedding (bottom sheet and pillowcase)
• Cleaning at the end of the course
• Boat insurance
Price does not include• Transport to the base
• Board (food, stopover expenses) and consumables (water, gas, fuel): about 250€ /person
• "Sailing Pass" (French Sailing Federation Sailing Licence): 15€ per person (valid for the year of purchase)
• Sleeping bag or top sheet
• Towels and beach towels
To be presented before the beginning of the course: a test (PCR or antigenic) less than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate

FAQ

In the event of cancellation, you must notify your GlobeSailor consultant as soon as possible. Regardless of the cause, the following cancellation fees will be charged: up to 90 days prior to departure: 25% /// from 89 to 60 days: 50% /// from 59 to 30 days: 75% /// from 29 days to departure: 100% of your booking.
We advise our clients to subscribe to a cancellation insurance with Ouest Assurance : http://www.ouest-assurances.fr
To confirm your booking, you need to inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will hold an option for you until the deposit is received. The booking will only be considered definite once your deposit has been received (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card), of between 30 and 50% of the booking amount. A deposit of 80% will be required for all reservations made within 60 days of departure. The balance must be paid at the latest 45 days before the date of embarkation.
All of our skippers and sailing instructors are state-qualified, experienced teachers. They are used to sailing on recent and high performance RM and POGO yachts.
Provisioning is usually provided for in the ship's till and purchases made in a supermarket near the port. However, in view of the current situation with the Covid-19 health crisis, we can adapt (as far as possible) the type of boarding according to your wishes.
Below you will find some examples of what is possible:
  • Delivering groceries on board
  • Bringing your own food to share
  • Doing the shopping before departure
For the preparation of meals, the skipper will gladly appreciate your help.
Your boat will be thoroughly cleaned by the specialised company Kerboat, which uses approved products manufactured in France on clean surfaces by hand with a contact time of 15 minutes:
  • Bactericide: EN 1276 at 15g/l
  • Fungicide: EN 1650 at 10g/l
  • Fungicide: NFT 72-190 at 50g/l
  • Virucide: EN 14476 at 4%
In view of the current context, a test (PCR or antigenic) less than 72 hours before the start of the course or a vaccination certificate will be requested.

During your cruise, you will have to respect the following gestures:
  • When boarding, contact between sailors is forbidden (handshakes, hugs, kisses...) and a temperature check will be carried out on each crew member.
  • Wash your hands with soap after installing the equipment you have taken on board.
  • It is not compulsory to wear a mask or gloves on board (remove them for any intervention of the hands on the body). It is up to each individual to decide.
  • When disembarking from a port of call, the wearing of a mask is compulsory in addition to the barrier gestures and safety distances (even between crew members).
  • As soon as you arrive from outside the boat and before getting on board: wash your hands with hydro-alcoholic solution and disinfect what you take on board with disinfectant spray and wipes.

When sailing :
  • Use all available space to maintain the 1 metre distance as much as possible.
  • Favour side by side rather than face to face (conversations, meals, etc.).
  • The exchange of materials and equipment (including cigarettes and lighters) is forbidden.
To Note:
  • The boats are equipped with soap, hydro-alcoholic solution and single-use tissues.
  • Contact surfaces must be regularly cleaned and decontaminated with a disinfectant.
  • In the event of an infection, and while awaiting disembarkation, an infected seafarer will wear a mask and protective gloves and will be isolated from the rest of the crew.

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