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  1. #1
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    Default Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Planning ahead for summer 2020 as if this is to work I need to begin negotiations well ahead for some extended leave from work

    I am based in the Clyde, usually cruise Scotland west coast but plan to cruise to Brittany in summer 2020. Boat is 44' Jeanneau, 2.3m draft. Focus area is SW Brittany. I am weighing up whether to negotiate extended leave (3 - 4 weeks) to allow trip south, 2 weeks there and trip home. However, if I cannot take such an extended break in one go, alternative is trip south, base the boat there for a month or two, flying out for 2 weeks (other family members may use the boat in the interim) then sail the boat home. There seem to be flights to Rennes, then an approx 2 - 3 hour journey to the Brittany coast.

    So - what would the suggestions be for a good location to keep the boat if I break the cruise in this way? Would want to keep the cost reasonable, but access to-fro airport would be important also.

    Thanks........

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Lorient has a lot going for it, Benodet is an easy bus ride from Rennes SNCF, don't know about the airport. . I'm looking forward to other peoples' suggestions..

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Its a long way, why not sail down hard with a bunch of mates leave it these for a couple of weeks have a summer extended cruise then leave it there over winter and do the reverse in 2021?

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    Its a long way, why not sail down hard with a bunch of mates leave it these for a couple of weeks have a summer extended cruise then leave it there over winter and do the reverse in 2021?
    If you can get further east Pornichet is on train line to Nantes for airport. Otherwise Vannes for train to Rennes airport. AFAIK, there are no direct flights from Brittany to Scotland (assumming you live there).
    Edit. Just re-read the Rennes flight bit. Vannes is your best bet. Train from Rennes, marina in city centre, immediate access to Golf du Morbihan and best sailing bits - Belle Ile, Houat, Groix and Glenans
    Last edited by Quiddle; 18-08-19 at 18:29.
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  5. #5
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Brest Airport to London Southend or Southampton. Roscoff Plymouth Brittany Ferries.

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Having sailed that area then returned to the Clyde, I would recommend that you research where you can fly to from Glasgow or Edinburgh airports then work from there.
    We mostly had to go via Stanstead, and left boat at Vannes and St Malo - as well as over wintering in La Rochelle.
    Would agree with suggestion of ideally going South one year and back the next, to have time to enjoy the new location (though many hardy types have done a rapid round trip from here).

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Thanks for the ideas. An extended stay in the area would not really work for me as I would have very limited opportunities to use the boat while so far away outside of the holiday allowance I have from work.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    You could always cruise the south coast, get ripped off there then not have a enough cash left for a cruise of Brittany? Lol

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Or
    Ask someone to deliver it to say benodet etc? There’s quite a few wanting to get their mileage in. Then go from there?

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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Rennes is a small airport and I know there are flights to and from it to Manchester and Southampton as I have done both but they are not everyday.
    However as you have very limited time one suggestion is to blast down to La Rochelle leave it there and then take your 3 weeks to make your way back North. To make it work you may have to break your delivery trip and return trip by leaving the boat in Falmouth or Cork. Other than that any of the ports around Lorient should be good with airports and bus links to airports.
    You will have a very tight schedule even with good weather moving the boat from the west of Scotland and S Brittany and back within 4 weeks let alone 3. Your plan is ambitious and you will spend all your time on the water with little or none to enjoy the area.

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