Here are the trips we’re thinking about next year. Please email the skipper, Paul, if you have suggestions for trips or would like to join the crewing list.
26 March – 9 April Annual haulout
Guiding Star will be out of the water in Plymouth for anti-fouling, painting the topsides and other maintenance jobs. Help is very welcome so please get in touch with Paul if you’d like to come.
30 April – 4 May Sail in southwest
Join the boat in Plymouth on Thursday 30th, sail to Looe on Friday 1st May and Fowey on Saturday or Sunday 2nd or 3rd. Back to Plymouth on Monday 4th. We should have a new mainsail to settle in.
This trip is already fully crewed, but people do drop out at the last moment so let me know if you’d like to go on the waiting list.
14 – 18 May Sail in southwest
Join the boat in Plymouth on Thursday 14th and we’ll sail on Friday 15th to either Fowey or Salcombe depending on the weather. Back in Plymouth by the end of Monday 18th.
12-14 June Falmouth Classics
Nearly 200 traditional and classic boats with racing across Carrick Roads on Friday and Saturday and a parade of sail on Sunday. We went in 2018.
Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 9th to sail to Falmouth on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th. The boat will stay in Falmouth after the regatta.
3-5 July Sea, Salts and Sail
Maritime festival held every two years in Mousehole in Cornwall. This will be Guiding Star’s first time.
Join the boat in Falmouth on Wednesday 1st July to sail to Mousehole on Thursday 2nd. The boat will stay in Newlyn or Penzance for a day afterwards and then set out for Brest.
10-16 July Brest International Maritime Festival
The biggest traditional boat festival in Brittany, only held every four years. 1,000 boats, 700,000 visitors. It should be huge fun.
Join the boat in Newlyn or Penzance on Monday 6th to sail to Brest on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th. The festival ends with a great Parade of Sail from Brest to Douarnenez on 16th July.
Crew will be able to leave and join the boat in Brest, so if you can’t make the whole trip, you may still be able to come for one or two legs. The journey by train from London takes eight hours and a cheap fare is £75: for details see Trainline.
15-19 July Dournenez Temps Fete
Much smaller than Brest but the oldest of the Brittany festivals; a wonderful welcome from the town and terrific music. Read about our trip to the last festival in 2018.
Crew can leave and join the boat in Douarnenez. You can take the train to Quimper and then a bus to Douarnenez.
July-August Atlantic coast of France
After Douarnenez, we’ll sail south down the Atlantic coast of France to La Rochelle. The boat will stay there for two or more weeks while my family comes for a holiday in France, and then we’ll cruise back up the coast with plenty of stops before crossing the Channel to Plymouth.
Trains from London to La Rochelle take about eight hours and a cheap fare is £75: see Trainline.
I’ll post more detailed plans for the cruise with dates in due course.