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  1. #1
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    Default Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Hi all,
    I used to keep a boat in Lorient, but never cruised it. So I sort of know the area but have never had occasion to find a harbour other than Douarnenez and Pornichet.

    I'm hoping to charter a boat in July for 5 or 6 days with the family. Are there any harbours / ports where one can anchor with good protection? Or does one really need to use a marina in that part of the coast?

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Hello!
    that's home
    For 5-6 days I would head south to Quiberon gulf, go SE and turn NE through Teignouse passage into the bay. Looooots of anchorages, protected from the swell, nice beaches, marinas everywhere if you need provisions. Inside the Golfe du Morbihan particulary scenic (* very* strong currents); also Groix or Belle ile (Palais or Sauzon -sauzon was in the final X villages in the contest to the most beautiful of France) as stopovers.
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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    The new edition of this is a lovely book:

    https://www.imray.com/Publications/I...ides/IB0111-2/

    Can be bought for nearer 20 quid. None of the anchorages are very secret but it is well worth having and great for planning.

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    I would say the islands for a short stay Belle-ile, Ile d'Groix, Ile d'Houat and Ile d' Yeu if you get that far South.

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    I would say the islands for a short stay Belle-ile, Ile d'Groix, Ile d'Houat and Ile d' Yeu if you get that far South.
    You can either go the Belle Ile / Morbihan way or go west towards the Glénan / Bénodet / Odet. / Ile de Sein. In one week IMo there is not enough time to do both.

    I usually choose at the last minute depending on the prevailing winds. I usually use marinas only if I need to provision. No shortage of anchorages.

    Will you be popping into Locmiquélic?
    Last edited by Sybarite; 08-05-19 at 19:49.

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    Hello!
    that's home
    For 5-6 days I would head south to Quiberon gulf, go SE and turn NE through Teignouse passage into the bay. Looooots of anchorages, protected from the swell, nice beaches, marinas everywhere if you need provisions. Inside the Golfe du Morbihan particulary scenic (* very* strong currents); also Groix or Belle ile (Palais or Sauzon -sauzon was in the final X villages in the contest to the most beautiful of France) as stopovers.
    Quote Originally Posted by doug748 View Post
    The new edition of this is a lovely book:

    https://www.imray.com/Publications/I...ides/IB0111-2/

    Can be bought for nearer 20 quid. None of the anchorages are very secret but it is well worth having and great for planning.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    I would say the islands for a short stay Belle-ile, Ile d'Groix, Ile d'Houat and Ile d' Yeu if you get that far South.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sybarite View Post
    You can either go the Belle Ile / Morbihan way or go west towards the Glénan / Bénodet / Odet. / Ile de Sein. In one week IMo there is not enough time to do both.

    I usually choose at the last minute depending on the prevailing winds. I usually use marinas only if I need to provision. No shortage of anchorages.

    Will you be popping into Locmiquélic?
    Thanks all. I have sailed past the coast in both directions from Lorient many times, but I've never stopped in any of the ports / anchorages. So I'm glad to hear there are lots of places to actually stop.

    It would be nice to call in to Locmiquélic - I have happy memories of that port, as you know. I suppose it depends on where the boat is that we will be chartering. I'll PM you.

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    There is a nice little anchorage just after point Plogoff, heading East from Pointe de Raz, called Anse du Loc'h.

    I've anchored there for the night after getting round the corner with a few other boats, good holding in sand but there are patches of rock on the bottom.
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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Alright - now for a follow-up question.

    I've looked through my old charts and I have a few of the area. Enough for high-level planning, at least. What I don't have is detailed harbour charts or tides / currents.

    I'd like to do some preliminary planning before I get to the boat. At least identify options.

    I can get a Bloc Marine for about EUR 35 where I live, which I think would give me the kind of information I am looking for. But I suspect it would also be a bit wasteful in that I am fairly sure there will be one on the boat that I charter, and I'd never use it again.

    So - are there any cheap / free apps for iOS or macOS that will give me harbour details and tide times / currents?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Itinerary for a one week cruise from Lorient

    Quote Originally Posted by bbg View Post
    Alright - now for a follow-up question.

    I've looked through my old charts and I have a few of the area. Enough for high-level planning, at least. What I don't have is detailed harbour charts or tides / currents.

    I'd like to do some preliminary planning before I get to the boat. At least identify options.

    I can get a Bloc Marine for about EUR 35 where I live, which I think would give me the kind of information I am looking for. But I suspect it would also be a bit wasteful in that I am fairly sure there will be one on the boat that I charter, and I'd never use it again.

    So - are there any cheap / free apps for iOS or macOS that will give me harbour details and tide times / currents?

    Thanks.
    Not currents etc but every marina has its own website with many details,surely..Port de Xxx usually is enough. Just check it is 2019!!
    Otherwise, if you have any sort of device have a look at what Navionics offers ..

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