Normandy Cruise

An excellent chance to cruise the Baie de Seine and Normandy coast. Visit the popular fishing ports of St Vaast la Hougue, famous for its quayside bistros, or journey up the canal to the sleepy village at Carentan. Sail across the Bay de Seine to Ouistreham with its sandy D-Day beaches and easy access to Bayuex the Pegasus Bridge and Caen. On to the delightful port of Honfleur where the yacht moors in the old basin right in the heart of the town.The local wines and cheeses are outstanding in this part of France.

A seven day cross Channel cruise gives those with limited time a unique opportunity to get away from it all.

 Dates in 2024

28th April - 5th May 2024

9th September - 15th September 2024



Arrival: Evening - Arrive at Hamble Point - Introduction to yacht. Safety briefing. Explanation to where everything is kept. General safety brief and discussion on the week ahead.
20:00 Ashore for a drink, bite to eat and get to know the Skipper and other people on the cruise.
Sleep aboard the yacht.
Day One: Wake up -Early Start. Preparation to depart and deck briefing.
Depart for Cherbourg. Practice: Conventional and electronic navigation. Course to steer, Estimated positions, Traffic Separation Scheme and collision avoidance. Making landfall
Pilotage techniques. Moor up.
Day Two Wake up and have breakfast
Passage to St Vaast - sail around Cap Barfleur then head south to St Vaast. Pilotage into the entrance and through the lock gates
Overnight in the marina. Explore Ashore.
Day Three Wake up and have breakfast, wander ashore for showers.
Sail to Ouistreham via the World War II D-Day Mulberry harbours at Arromanches and anchor for lunch if the weather is settled. Onto Ouistreham, lock into Caen canal. Night in marina
Day Four Wake up and have breakfast, wander ashore.
Optional day ashore to view the D-Day museum, walk up the Caen canal to Pegasus Bridge, visit Bayeaux tapestry or the city of Caen. Alternatively, sail on to Deauville. Buy local French wine (Calvados) and cheese (Camembert)
Day Five Wake up and have breakfast. Lock out and sail past Le Havre into the Seine river and lock into the centre of picturesque Honfleur.
Day Six Wake up and have leisurely breakfast, wander ashore. Explore Honfleur. Passage planning for sail back across the Channel to Hamble. Depart on Cross Channel passage Evening meal onboard - Overnight passage making - Watch keeping.
Day Seven Arrive off the Nab Tower, Eastern Solent early hours of the morning. Catch the tide up the Solent back to Hamble. Pack up, Clean up, Debrief and depart

 (This itinerary is intended as a guide only and will vary with the weather conditions)

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