Pasaia — La Rochelle

Startharbour: Pasaia
Boarding after: 09.06.2020 18:00
Departure: 10.06.2020 10:00
Port of destination: La Rochelle
Arrival: 12.06.2020 08:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 4
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 395€

200 nautical miles

Basque Country – Motion-picture shooting – Bay of Biscay – La Rochelle

After the festival and several shooting days in Pasaia (write us, if you would like to arrive earlier to participate in the shooting!), we will again sail to the Bay of Biscay. It is not a long route, so it will suit perfectly those who want to immerse themselves into the sea world at once, and they do not have time for a sluggish start.

However, Biscay is not necessarily stormy in summer. Weather can be quite beautiful, though the vastness, lipper and landscapes here are almost ocean-like.


Route
After leaving Pasaia through a narrow strait between high soaring up mountains on the both sides (before leaving we will definitely climb them to observe the harbour from high above), we will at once set a course to the North, in the direction of the shores of France. If time and weather allow us, before arriving in La Rochelle, we will visit one of the islands, for instance, Île d'Yeu, a tiny Port-Joinville. 

Anyway, before that we will face 2 days of honest sailing in high seas: with shifts under the sun and the stars, sails making and bracing. 

Fort Boyard will be waiting for us at a vast and well-protected gulf near La Rochelle. An excellent place to drop anchor at, as well as disembark to the offshore shoal and collect your share of oysters.

But it is not so easy to call at the port here!

High tides can easily be 6 m high, and you can sail via approach channel only when the water is high.

Within one of the lectures during our journey, we will definitely tell you, how to calculate time of a high tide correctly and how to use flood currents to your advantage!

Sailor practice
Any Shtandart journey includes mandatory making and taking in of sails, bracing and steering wheel shifts. We have no passengers!

Amount of new knowledge and skills depends on your energy and enthusiasm. Shift officers and the captain will eagerly share their experience; just find time to ask your questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, marine radio communication and tricks of the sail settings – you can learn anything, see it and try it with your own hands.