Typical Long Weekend Sailing Adventure - France

With some great destinations to choose from, a long weekend cross channel cruise to France provides a memorable experience.

Locations visited will vary, depending upon weather, tide and crew preferences. Typically these weekends visit locations such as Fecamp, Honfleur, St Vaast or Cherbourg in France and Alderney or Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

Typical 3-day w/e programme:

Friday 18:00 Meet your skipper onboard the yacht in Hamble. After a safety briefing, intro to the boat and a meal, head out for an overnight channel crossing (everyone gets a chance to stand watch for part of the night).
Saturday Arrive mid morning in the quaint French port of St Vaast. Fresh baguettes for lunch, then some R&R with a chance to explore the town.
Sunday Head off in the morning for a short sail round to Cherbourg. Afternoon in Cherbourg, maybe enjoying a meal ashore, before departing for an overnight sail back to the Solent.
Monday Arrive in Chichester harbour or another anchorage for a lunch stop before returning to Hamble late afternoon, ready to depart for home around 16:00.
Honfleur inner harbour quayside

These are suitable whether you are 'learning the ropes' or looking to build on existing sailing experience. Everyone will have the opportunity to develop their skills and to participate in the running of the yacht.

There is nothing quite like crossing the English Channel under your own steam, and then enjoying a freshly baked croissant or a meal in French cafe. A long weekend adventure cruise to France and the Channel Islands, will be an experience that you won’t forget.

This itinerary is just an example of what a cruise could include. Each one will have its own bespoke programme, taking into account tide, weather and crew preferences. See also sample weekend and week itineraries.