The Little Sea
Three rivers fed into the tidal inland sea. The Golf has many anchorages, moorings and is an exceptional area to visit. It offers an extensive range of water activities.
During spring tides the currents run at nine knots in the busy and narrow channels. If you are cruising and sailing here, make sure you are competent and know the rules of the road. Ferries, coastal freighters, high speed ribs and thousands of vessels use the busy channels.
The Golf has a rich and diverse history. There are extensive circles of standing stones and tumulus from the megalithic era. The sea has risen and covered many relics.
Along the Riviera d'Auray and the shore paths around Port du Bono are traces of the mussel industry. A virus in 1974 wiped out the labour intensive methods.
Take advantage of the opportunities to eat out the cafes and brasseries.
Sample France's great reputation for its cuisine but also observe its proud culture. The extended family eating meals around the table is part of the great tradition.
Port du Crouesty Marina
Brittany's Atlantic coast line has huge marinas and support a thrive yachting industry. A classic example is the modern marina at Port du Crouesty. It is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year.
Nautiloc provide a wide range of yachts for charter and an a excellent service at great prices. I like their Dehler yachts because of their sailing pedigree. They move and ghost along in any zephyr. In a six knots of breeze we were sailing at three knots boat speed. With the effect of the out going tide this became four knots.
On a busy summer days at the height of the holiday season mayhem develops. Sailors who've escaped the demands of city traffic jams create nautical chaos. Dense ebb and flows of boats vie for visitor berths, fuel, water and shower. It's great entertainment and fun to watch.
The sensible sailors anchor on their secret idyllic hide away coves.
Ten miles south across the Baie de Quiberon is a rocky underwater peninsula and the magical island of Houat. The fabulous Trech'h er Goured sandy beach is a mile long and provides a great anchorage. Beware if the winds shifts to the east! I and it seems the whole of the French sailing fraternity love this place. I think Houat may mean Heaven.
Along this rocky exposed coast you need to be aware of the countless beacons marking hazards.
Navigation and pilotage is dependent on cardinal marks, supporting miscellaneous marks and channel marks.
I would never, ever be 100% dependent upon GPS. For boat safety, a combination of chart work, pilotage and the use of the depth finder is the way to go. GPS is the safety back up.
Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video