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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Why not go to cherbourg, get 25%discount for rya members. Ferry to uk. Hire a car from enterprise and drive north with crew and gear drop car off your end which enterprise allow. They will also deliver car to your door and to ferry at southern end. Car hire and fuel is cheaper than a lot of transport and easy to carry gear.
    From cherbourg you can nip through to guernsey in 7 hours and through to france dead easy. Then back to cherbourg. Get a long weekend to do delivery collection to and from cherbourg. It is safe place to keep boat and fairly cheap
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  2. #12
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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?
    That is what I'd do.

    Do a "delivery trip" to Roscoff. The family can join you there then have an enjoyable trip.

    I am currently based in Plymouth and there are a number of owners have moved to Roscoff and are very happy with the over wintering services there.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Roscoff isn't S Brittany although the coast is quite nice it's different sailing once past the Raz.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Travel wise I would forget airports in Brittany-too restrictive. I would fly Glasgow/Edinburgh to London City or Heathrow and then Eurostar to Paris and then TGV or OUI to Nantes, Vannes, Brest etc. Much more flexible date and time wise. Did Southern Holland to Pornic that way. Easy peasy !

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Why not go to cherbourg, get 25%discount for rya members. ............
    Cherbourg is one heck of a detour for a boat coming from West of Lands End and heading for South Brittany - over 300 miles extra.
    Even a Scotsman wouldn’t go that far for a 25% marina discount

    And whilst Roscoff is indeed good for ferries to England, the OP would not have a car there having sailed south from the Clyde (and my experience with one way car hire has been very expensive).

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    Roscoff isn't S Brittany although the coast is quite nice it's different sailing once past the Raz.
    Quote Originally Posted by dunedin View Post
    And whilst Roscoff is indeed good for ferries to England, the OP would not have a car there having sailed south from the Clyde (and my experience with one way car hire has been very expensive).
    I've clearly not communicated my suggestion well.

    The Clyde - Roscoff passage should be see as a boat positioning trip. Once at Roscoff the family can join the OP and sail wherever they want. If, as was suggested in a previous post the OP was to overwinter the boat in France then, from anecdotal evidence of other owners, Roscoff is a good place to store a boat before collecting it for a return journey to the Clyde.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurrawong_Kid View Post
    Travel wise I would forget airports in Brittany-too restrictive. I would fly Glasgow/Edinburgh to London City or Heathrow and then Eurostar to Paris and then TGV or OUI to Nantes, Vannes, Brest etc. Much more flexible date and time wise. Did Southern Holland to Pornic that way. Easy peasy !
    Further to earlier post just thought : fly Glasgow/Edinburgh to Schipol/Paris and onward by train to S. Brittany. Would be much quicker than via London.
    Have flown Gatwick to Nantes, Brest to Birmingham but S.Brittany by air is restricted to certain days or awkward to reach UK airports.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    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.
    Hopefully can get 4 weeks, reckoning on having 2 weeks clear cruising and exploring the area. But part of the adventure will be the trips there and back. Will likely get some friends to do the longer trips, with wife joining me there for the 2 weeks cruise

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by dunedin View Post
    Cherbourg is one heck of a detour for a boat coming from West of Lands End and heading for South Brittany - over 300 miles extra.
    Even a Scotsman wouldn’t go that far for a 25% marina discount

    And whilst Roscoff is indeed good for ferries to England, the OP would not have a car there having sailed south from the Clyde (and my experience with one way car hire has been very expensive).
    Indeed - plan is to get to Scillies and then to west of Brittany. First stop somewhere in the Brest area. I did this many years ago (30+) and our first stop was Camaret.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Brittany - advice for a base for 2020 cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    I've clearly not communicated my suggestion well.

    The Clyde - Roscoff passage should be see as a boat positioning trip. Once at Roscoff the family can join the OP and sail wherever they want. If, as was suggested in a previous post the OP was to overwinter the boat in France then, from anecdotal evidence of other owners, Roscoff is a good place to store a boat before collecting it for a return journey to the Clyde.
    Thanks, but Roscoff would be too far east. Plan rather from scillies to Brest area.

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