Explore the Islands of Southern Brittany whilst living on a boat with UCPA. Learn to sail or improve your knowledge on an unforgettable sailing cruise. Lorient lies in the northwest of France with a rugged coastline bordering. Setting off from Kéroman submarine base, you are a little out of town, so be sure to get all your supplies for the trip before heading to the boat.
Lorient has the only museum in Europe completely dedicated to ocean sailing and racing
Nantes airport (175km)
As your set off point, meet at the Kéroman submarine base (Bâtiment Glorieux 2, Base des Sous-marins Keroman, 56100 Lorient, France). The harbor master's office telephone number is +33 (0) 2 97 35 36 06. If you are traveling by car, there is free parking in front of the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly. If you are coming by train, get off at Lorient and take the bus line 11 to Boulevard Nail where you will have to walk 8 minutes to the port.
UCPA use boats that are 9-11m in length and are very comfortable, making life on board a real pleasure. Featuring double berth cabins, a fully equipped galley (kitchen) and toilet. Each port you'll stop at has showering facilities. We use a variety of sailing boats, but this style is the most common.
Sun Odyssey 389 yacht. As you can see from the below layout, the yacht has 3 separate double berth cabins and a flip up table in the seating area which can also be used as a bed. Therefore the yacht can sleep a maximum of 8 people (including the skipper). UCPA boats that are 9-11 metres in length and are very comfortable, making life on board a real pleasure. There is a toilet and shower on board, however at each port you'll stop at showering/toilet facilities. With a fully working kitchen on board, there is no excuse for not making fantastic meals for everyone. Each night people often take it in turns to cook and you can either eat below deck or up on top deck.
– 3 separate double berth cabins and a flip up table in the seating area
– Fully working kitchen on board
– Toilet and shower on board (also available at most ports)
– Dining area with table downstairs and facilities on deck for eating too
– 12V electrical points on board
Sailing courses are slightly different to other UCPA trips. Food, fuel for the boat, and port fees are not included in the cost. Please budget around €15 per day for these additional costs for the duration of the trip.
If you are new to cooking aboard, don't expect too much of a yacht's kitchen. Creativity, patience and cooperation is key to a successful meal! People tend to take it in turns to purchase food for the boat and cook for everyone. You obviously can buy food just for yourself, but UCPA love to encourage the social side of everyone eating together and chipping in to help each other out.
The closest airport to Lorient is Nantes which is 175km away. We advise that you look at the Rome2Rio website to look at the best onward journey plans from here.
If you are coming by train, get off at Lorient and take the bus line 11 to Boulevard Nail where you will have to walk 8 minutes to the port.
If you are traveling by car, there is free parking in front of the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly.
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