Nantes — A Coruña

Startharbour: Nantes
Boarding after: 27.09.2020 16:00
Departure: 28.09.2020 12:00
Port of destination: A Coruña
Arrival: 02.10.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 590€

400 nautical miles

Bay of Biscay — La Rochelle — Long sea passage — Tower of Hercules

This passage ought to be interesting for everyone, regardless of experience! For beginners - we will tell and show in detail how our ship works, teach how to understand the principles of sailing, explain how to read nautical charts and use navigation devices. 

Ship life on Shtandart never turns into a routine. You will discover how fun it is to swab the deck together, sunbathe at the helm, cook lunches and dinners, and wake each other up for night watches. Experienced sailors will be interested in the navigation area itself - high tides, high water entry into La Rochelle (depending on the weather), and a long sea passage for crossing the Bay of Biscay.

Before going to the Bay of Biscay, we have to go 30 miles down the Loire - that much is clear. But our future plans are entirely dependent on the weather.
If we need to spend a couple of days on the north coast of Biscay waiting for a favorable moment to cross the bay, we'll stop in La Rochelle or Port Joanville on the island of Yeu.
If the weather is favorable for the passage, we will take the course to the open sea to reach the coast of Spain after 3-4 days of non-stop sailing.

On the south coast, we, depending on the time available, will go to A Coruña right away, or will stop in the city of Gijón, or maybe will drop anchor in one of the sheltered bays.

Sea practice 
The trip will begin with a mandatory safety briefing, training how to climb the masts, and learning the basic skills of bracing and making sails specific for Shtandart.

During the passage, everyone will be able to attend courses of Yacht Sailor and VHF Radio Operator, with the issuance of the appropriate IYT certificates (certificates are charged separately, 90 euros per certificate).You will learn how to tie the most important knots, read lights and signs of the ships, navigate by buoys and lights of lighthouses, and discover the resources and procedures of marine radiocommunications.

And most important thing - you will spend a few days in the open sea!