Saint-Malo — Calais

Startharbour: Saint-Malo
Boarding after: 24.05.2021 16:00
Departure: 24.05.2021 18:00
Port of destination: Calais
Arrival: 28.05.2021 14:00
Debarkation before: 29.05.2021 10:00
Days on board: 5
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 495€

300 nautical miles 

The English Channel – Dense sea traffic – Tidal currents

Sum and substance

Saint-Malo, the starting point, is a true corsair city. The city center is surrounded by a medieval wall, and the spring tides reach 10 meters.

The English Channel and the Strait of Dover are an important seaway and an eternal Apple of Discord for Britain and France. Here you can hear the traffic dispatchers blabbering on the radio at warp speed, see running lights of all sorts of ships from all views, ride the tidal currents by the Channel islands Guernsey and Jersey,  and, of course, take endless sightseeing strolls in French towns and taste famous Normandy cider.

Calais – the passage destination – is a unique place. A French town in the narrowest part of the English Channel, full of British architecture.

Itinerary

Outbound from Saint-Malo, the exit is going to be an adventure in itself with all the tidal currents - we'll pass by two British islands Guernsey and Jersey famous by their fast and complicated currents, enter the English Channel. Depending on the forecast, we might stop by Cherbourg-Octeville known for Titanic museum and nuclear submarine one of the very few open for visit, Dieppe, cozy little French town with a flamboyant (this is a technical term) gothic cathedral and a XII century castle or Boulogne-sur-Mer (Nausicaa maritime research center and XIII century castles and churches).

The destination of this trip is Calais, a town located on the French side of the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel. Calais is a unique place, a French town full of British architecture., very characteristic of its’ location where the two cultures are the closest.

 

Sail training

We'll concentrate on a «driving a historical tall ship in a swarm of modern ones» masterclass intensive. If we get extra lucky and there’s going to be fog, we'll learn a lot about fog signals of different ships, reading the radar information and making sense out of radio communications. Night passages will reveal different signal lights on ships and navigational aids.  

We’re also going to study tides and tidal currents: strength, direction, how to avoid possible dangerous situations and how to use this free natural power to your advantage.

How to get to Saint-Malo:

By train from Paris (Gare Montparnasse), 3 hour trip, schedule and tickets here: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers

By bus from Paris (stops: Porte Maillot, CDG airport, Orly Sud, Massy-Palaiseau, La Défense, Quai de Bercy). 6 hour trip. Schedule and tickets: 

How to get out of Calais:

By train to Paris, 3 hour trip, schedules and tickets: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv/route/calais/paris