Archipelago of Glenan / Concarneau (Brittany)

The base of the Archipelago is the first center created by Les Glénans, more than 60 years ago, and the most important one. Off Southern Brittany, the uninhabited islands of the archipelago of Glénan surrounds a lagoon with transparent water which forms an ideal base for navigation training in full safety. The crews of light sailing come on long sand banks, for a debriefing with their instructors, before sailing towards other small islands. Tide, currents, rocks and islands in large numbers give spice to the area because of it complexity.

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Trainees learn how to control their boats by sailing around obstacles, how to read sea charts, how to maneuver. In the distance, on the coast, islands, rivers and estuaries are good support for coastal sailing, while the experienced navigators sail in open sea towards Madeira. Les Glénans are also established in Concarneau, very close to the port, in a vast building which is used as a starting point for training courses towards the Archipelago and for cruising.

  • Activities : cruise, catamaran, dinghy, windsurf
  • Language : All the training courses are organized in French.

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Arz Island (Brittany)

Arz Island is located in the gulf of Morbihan, in the middle of a network of channels, countless small islands and currents. On this island inhabited all the year round, trainees can taste the charm of the insular life. On this splendid stretch of water, winds and currents can fluctuate considerably, but the sea never smell in a dangerous way. All the elements are combined for a technical training, in full safety, in an iridescent landscape of changing lights and colors.

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The Arz Island centre of Les Glénans is dedicated to training courses with accommodations on the island and for three activities: sailing dinghy, catamaran and introductory course for cruising. Les Glénans have reserved places in the port of Vannes, from where the crews of cruising levels 2, 3 and 4 can embark towards Houat Island, Hoedic Island and Belle-Ile Island and, for the most experienced trainees, towards La Rochelle or Ouessant Island.

  • Activities : cruise, catamaran, dinghy
  • Language : All the training courses are organized in French.

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Paimpol (Brittany)

In Paimpol, in Northern Brittany, training courses are distributed among three sites according to levels: from Paimpol for coastal cruising or for deep-sea cruising towards Great Britain or Ireland; from Coz Castel, along the banks of the river Trieux, for beginner and instructor training courses, and in the island "Île Verte" in the archipelago of Bréhat, for junior training courses.

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The sailing area represents a clashing cocktail: tides with strong amplitudes and a sea with many rocks and strong currents. Sailing among strong currents, cliffs, islands enables to acquire the art of “close-stones” sailing. For all these conditions, Paimpol is one of the most formative areas for navigation.

  • Activities : cruise
  • Language : All the training courses are organized in French.

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Marseillan (Mediterranean sea)

In the port of Les Onglous, on the side of the lake "Etang de Thau", the base of Marseillan is located in a 17th century building. For the training courses in the site, for cruising, catamaran or sailing dinghy, the stretch of water of Thau appears to be a paradise for the beginners as well as for the more experienced ones searching for performance. As the site is at the same time windy and protected, one can sail there with force 7 or 8 winds. The training courses for cruising of levels 3 and 4 sails enable to leave the marina of Sète in order to sail directly on the Mediterranean sea.

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Its privileged situation in the middle of the Gulf of Lions enables the trainees to sail away towards the coasts of Provence or towards Spain, to practice maneuvers in the picturesque ports of the "Vermilion Coast", or for the most experienced trainees, to sail on deep-sea sailing boats to the Balearic Islands or Barcelona. And contrary to Brittany, where the piloting difficulties lie below the water surface, in sailing around rocks and small islands, in the Mediterranean sea, they are at the surface. The always variable wind forces the trainees to practice sail adjustments and maneuvers.

  • Activities : cruise, catamaran, dinghy
  • Language : All the training courses are organized in French.

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Bonifacio (south Corsica)

The cruising base of Les Glénans is established in two sites: Bonifacio and the cove of Fazzio. The “small refuge” of Fazzio is one of the most beautiful inlet of Corsica. This creek, bordered by the scrub and surrounded by rocks, with its fine sand beach, is an isolated wild beauty spot, sheltered from the wind. On all this protected coast, on both sides of Bonifacio, the contrast between turquoise lagoons and steep cliffs falling into the sea is an unforgettable panorama. A haven spot where the temperature of water goes up to 26°C in summer and where sun shines 300 days per annum…

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The Mouths of Bonifacio are one of the most windy places in Europe. They offer exceptional conditions for navigation. The biting libeccio imposes its sudden changes of mood, passing in a few hours, sometimes less, from a breeze to a storm. The wind changes oblige the navigator to make quick piloting decisions and to have a solid training in meteorology. According to their levels, the trainees can sail along the Corsican and Sardinian coasts, in the archipelago of Maddalena; the most experienced ones can set off on sailing round Corsica or Sardinia and the trainees of level 4 can sail towards the coasts of Sicily, Tunisia or Italy.

  • Activities : cruise
  • Language : All the training courses are organized in French.

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