Biscay, The French Coast and La Rochelle Festival

European Escapes

Plymouth, UK - La Rochelle, France

Join Tall Ship Blue Clipper for this Offshore Sailing Experience sailing form Portugal to the UK.  The weather will determine the route Blue Clipper takes, but will involve a Biscay Crossing, a great experience for anybody wanting to improve their offshore sailing knowledge. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence on deck and learn invaluable skills from our experienced crew. This is a hands-on voyage full immersion into the ship’s daily routines and watches system.

Complete a Biscay Crossing and gain offshore sailing knowledge on a voyage from Plymouth to La Rochelle. Enjoy the warm weather, golden beaches, and dazzling blue seas along the French coast before arriving in La Rochelle one of France’s foremost seaports know as La Ville Blanche (the White City), with its luminous limestone facades, renaissance architecture, and timber-framed houses.

ShipTwo Berth En-SuiteFour Berth Shared BathroomForepeak Shared Bathroom
Blue Clipper£1,500.00£1,320.00£1,080.00
EmbarkationDisembarkationDays Sailing
September 22, 2020October 3, 202012
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Offshore Sailing Experience

22nd September 2020 - 3rd October 2020

Voyage Highlights:

  • Become fully immersed in every aspect of life on board
  • Plenty of opportunity to learn new skills
  • Ocean Passage across the Bay of Biscay
  • Night time sailing
  • Enjoying the festivities in La Rochelle at the Grand Pavois de La Rochelle

Voyage Description

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.

Learn to handle a tall ship as you sail with the crew of Blue Clipper from Plymouth to La Rochelle.

You will get to experience the infamous Biscay Crossing then enjoying the French coast with its rugged coastal scenery and offshore reefs before arriving in La Rochelle to join in the festivities at the Grand Pavois de La Rochelle 2020.

The Grand Pavois La Rochelle, the main event for sailing fans!

Created in 1973, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle has become one of the major events in the international boat show calendar as it has seen the number of exhibitors attending multiplied by 20 and visitor numbers 30-fol to make the Grand Pavois one of the largest international in-water boat shows. 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, themed areas catering to special interests, 750 boats on show including 300 in the water, over 800 international brands …

Due to the varied and multi-disciplinary nature of the fair, many small boat companies choose The Grand Pavois as their annual fair. Each year, a seafaring country or region is the guest of honour.

There are also themed areas for all the visitors. As a major event for all boat fans, The Great Bulwark offers a unique opportunity to try out sea boats before buying them. The Great Bulwark is one of the biggest international floating nautical fairs.


What is included in the voyage cost:

  • All meals on board Blue Clipper – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Accommodation in a twin ensuite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance. Check out Top Sail for specialist Tall Ship sailing travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (a TAB system is in place during your voyage. Payable at the end of your voyage in cash (GBP or EUROS) on board.
  • Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
  • VISA fees

Blue Clipper Kit List

Plymouth, UK

La Rochelle, France

Embark Travel Information

Plymouth, UK

Disembark Travel Information

La Rochelle, France

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