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A possible cruise from Pornichet back to Pornichet

This is just an example there are many more options and one is described separately of going up into the Roche River. Pornichet is a good changeover base because it is a modern, fairly sophisticated resort with plenty of shops to stock up on the essentials such as beer for the week.

A possible itinerary
  1. Pornichet to L’Herbaudiere a nice short shake-down day just 12nm away across the bay of Bourgneuf but it does involve crossing the shipping lanes of the Loire river, nowhere near as busy as the Solent though. L’Herbaudiere is now attached to the mainland by a bridge but it has retained the air of a holiday island. The photo shows the easy access to the L’Herbaudiere marina.
L’Herbaudiere Marina

2. L’Herbaudiere to La Turballe about 20nm 

3. La Turballe to La Palais or Sauzon on Belle Ile, about 20nm both of the destinations are lovely French towns with a choice of restaurants, a boulangerie, and a small supermarket in the smaller one Sauzon and many more facilities in Le Palais. More information is available from https://www.belleileenmer.co.uk/stay/how-come-belle-ile-en-mer/pleasure-boats

Picturesque Sauzon
Le Palais, Belle Ile

4. Belle Ile to Port Haliguen, just 10nm which used to be the largest marina in France until the one at La Rochelle expanded. There is a good choice of restaurants, including to make a change, a good pizzeria. 

Port Haliguen – another easy marina

5. Port Haliguen across the bay to Port du Crouesty again just 10nm. The short passages allow you to explore the islands or coast by foot or bike on arrival or before departure and there is always a need to nip ashore for fresh croissants.

Port du Crouesty

6. Crouesty back to Pornichet a good sail of about 30nm to show that you have just had a good sailing holiday!

Other destinations in this immediate area are Port du Crouesty, Piriac sur Mer, Pornic or La Trinite. It is very like the Solent, an extremely ‘yachtie’ area with very many potential destinations. You could also go up to Lorient and stay two nights at the Port Louis Lorient across the river, take a short foot ferry across and visit the U boat pens which are now a museum. More information on https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/lorient/

You can download your own copy of this document by following this link into Box, the club’s document management system  Other information will be added to the folder this is in as time goes by. The charts have already been purchased for this area Imray C39 and C40 and can be posted to the skipper for forward planning. The Pilot book is the West France companion and is the current edition, though a few years old now.

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  1. A great way to spend the afternoon after a short morning sail is to hire a bicycle and explore the islands – both Isle Noirmoutier and Belle Isle are picturesque, and the latter’s North-West coastline is spectacular.

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