Twinning Cruise to Vannes, June 2019



Fareham boats dressed overall in Vannes Harbour

News from Vannes, 30 June 2019

Ten yachts from sailing clubs of Fareham made the passage to Vannes to join the 10th Fareham-Vannes Twinning Cruise – four from Warsash SC, two from Hill Head SC, two from Fareham S&MBC and two from PortchesterSC. After mixed weather on the outbound trip, all arrived safely by 23 June at Crouesty Marina, where we were warmly greeted by our French hosts.

The next morning, dressed overall, but under grey  skies and heavy rain showers, the fleet paraded through the Golfe de Morbihan into Vannes, where we were greeted by the sound of Breton bagpipes. The six day visit coincided with a “canicule” of very hot (35 deg C) air from N Africa, making for a couple of uncomfortable nights onboard. 

Our French hosts arranged a wide variety of outings and fine meals for our enjoyment, including a reception at the Hotel de Ville where we were greeted by one of the town’s Deputy Mayors. At the weekend the harbour hosted the Raid du Golfe, a festival of running including the 117km Ultra Marin race round the Golfe de Morbihan. It made a fun, if noisy, backdrop to the final days of our stay in Vannes.

The fleet has now left Vannes and the yachts are making their ways variously onward or homeward; we send this update from a peaceful mooring off the Île au Moins . . .

Jill & George Pickburn in Stormbird

26 May : Three Fareham boats have set-off for Vannes.

Croisière de jumelage à Vannes, 2019

A party of boats and sailors has again been invited to sail to Vannes in Brittany in 2019 as part of the twinning of Vannes and Fareham. This will be the 10th such exchange.

We will be welcomed into Vannes on 24th June and depart on 29th June, and the cost of participation in the events in Vannes will be £120 per head.  During our stay, we will be hosted by French families, enjoy convivial company both French and English, and visit local places of interest, not least the beautiful town of Vannes itself.

The Introductory Evening for the Cruise on 22 May resulted in 21 boats expressing interest in making the trip to Vannes.

A briefing for Skippers and Crews took place at Hill Head Sailing Club on 1st May.

There is a limit on the number of boats and participants, so if you are interested in cruising to Vannes, please let me know very soon so I can keep you in touch with developments.

To help you plan your visit, here is a map of Vannes and, on the backof the map, some suggestions for sites you might like to see.  Apologies for the folds – it proved very useful on a previous visit!

George Pickburn – the ‘Vannes Driver’.  e-mail:

p.s. You can read about the 9th croisière jumelage from Vannes to Fareham in the French Brochure and in the Lobster’s Log Report.

Vannes sailors publicise the V-F Voile at the Vannes’ Journée des Associations


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