ARCHIVE A Coruña 🇪🇸 → Le Havre 🇫🇷

ARCHIVE A Coruña 🇪🇸 → Le Havre 🇫🇷

Journey
22.07 → 31.07 • 9 days, 650 miles
Difficulty
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This is one of the most challenging stages of our expedition. We’ll cross the Bay of Biscay in a straight line and sail more than 600 miles in 9 days.

The trips begins with a three-day crossing of the Bay of Biscay, and then we’ll sail along the French coastline along the English Channel with its high tides and strong currents. All the colourful French towns of Brittany and Normandy are at our reach! Lots of sailing, lots of complicated navigation, but there really is a lot to see!

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A Coruña → Brest, 350nm

Crossing Biscay is 350 miles at sea and three days on a north-northeast course. The Bay of Biscay is home to some of the ocean’s heavy weather. But we're not going into a storm. So we may have to wait a day or two for a suitable weather in and around La Coruña. If we leave at once, however, there will be more time to explore the French cities of Brittany and Normandy.

Crossing the Bay of Biscay implies a commitment to keeping watch and living in the harsh conditions of the high seas.

At the end of the passage we'll reach France. Brittany to be exact. Even more precisely, Brest is our destination point.

Brest → Roscoff → Perros-Guirrec, 90nm

Once in Brest, we’ll move forward by sprints, catching moments when the tidal currents are one with our course. And this will happen twice a day.

There are several small islands near Brest - the Molène archipelago, and then we head towards Roscoff.

Local legend has it that in peacetime the citizens of Roscoff grew onions and were fishing, but in time of war they became pirates and robbed British ships in the English Channel.

Just behind Roscoff there’s the Bay of Saint-Malo with the highest tides in Europe. When in syzygy, the difference between low tide and high tide here is more than 10 meters. Therefore, there are many marinas with gates, such as Perros-Guirec. We can enter these marinas only in high water. And then walk at low tide through the very spot where you had just sailed a few hours earlier.

Perros-Guirrec → Guernsey → Cherbourg, 100nm

On the way to Cherbourg there is the island of Guernsey, its name is sourced from a Viking heritage, meaning ‘Green Island’. It is a British crown dependency, but the island is not part of Great Britain (and it even has its own domain: .gg).

Past Guernsey, toward Cherbourg, is the Alderney Race. The currents there reach up to 7 knots. We will do our best to sail through them correctly.

Cherbourg is a city on the Cotentin Peninsula, in the English Channel. An enchanting harbor with snow-white yachts neighbors with a serious cargo, passenger, commercial and military port.

Artificial reefs were built here on the orders of Napoleon, making Cherbourg a port city. It is only 60 miles from England.

Cherbourg → Le Havre, 70nm

At the end of this challenging, varied stage (which began back in Galicia, remember?) we arrive in Le Havre, the closest point to Paris by the sea.

The name Le Havre means "the harbour" or "the port". Despite the fact that the city was badly damaged during the war, it now lives and thrives. Museum of modern art André Malraux here is a locus of Impressionism. La Havre is also well known for its apple cider, must try!

Next, our way along the English Channel is toward Amsterdam. And that is the next stage!

🛬  A Coruña [LCG]

🛫  Paris [CDG],[ORY]

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