Sailing schools and water-sport activities
France is a nation of great sailors, as attested to by our Olympic or world regatta champions, as well as the challenges of our courses sailed in giant catamarans: an oceanic crossing called “Transat,” a world tour called “Vendée Globe,” etc.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
This passion for sailing thus takes root in a very active pond of nautical bases and sailing schools, bringing together an important group of enthusiasts and novices each year. The ocean wind is exhilarating; try it and you’ll be won over!
Practical reference points
The French Sailing Federation (FFV)Very structured, the FFV adheres to the requirements for no less than 4 quality labels, of which the highest is the EFV (French school of sailing), defined by decree of the ministry and certified by l’Afnor, a well known organization of standardization.
Nearly 500 clubs are recognized by the EFV label (reliable in terms of their staff, equipment, materials, etc.), and they welcome around 400,000 students for either “competition” or “leisure” tracks, for all ages.
The FFV also teaches a gliding sport: windsurfing… which calls to the wind! The other style of training operates under the “dinghy” model: the classic Optimist for those starting at 7 years, then the 470 or the 49 for playing in the gusts, and the light-weight mini-catamaran for more speed and greater sensations! The next step can be port-to-port boating and yachting on sail boats called “inhabitable,” but sometimes referred to as “fireballs on the ocean”!
- Rent a windsurfing board or a small dinghy, without supervision, for 15-35€ per hour.
- For a week-long lesson (5 sessions of 2 hours each, with an instructor and all the equipment you need), it will cost you around 120-150€
Sailing is a great way to make your vacation more dynamic!
A few examples, wherever the wind takes you…
The nautical Circle of Touquet-Paris PlageFor sailing in Manche, with panache…
A must in southern Brittany and the coast of Pays de la Loire
The Sands of Olonne: a benchmark
A port tied to the famous Vendée Globe Challenge (a solo trip around the world by sailboat without stop-overs), this nautical station is very well equipped for sailors and yachters.
The Landais Yacht Club, at Hosegor (near Biscarosse)
A place of quality on the Aquitaine coast.
Hoist the sails at Gruissan
The wind of Languedoc makes this spot perfect for all manner of sailing sports.
Lessons and “open” competitions (regattas, racing matches) in all categories, in the prestigious setting of the French Riviera…
Les Glénans: a legendary sailing school!
The Glénans sailing school is an association operating thanks to volunteers. It is the first sailing school in Europe, founded more than 60 years ago in Brittany, on the archipelago of Glénan, facing Bénodet… but the headquarters is nevertheless in Paris! Lessons are given at several branches, at Concarneau or Paimpol (Brittany), in Marseillan (Languedoc), or Bonifacio (Corsica)… there are about 14,000 participants each year!
The UCPA: lessons of all types!
This well known organization offers a multitude of activities, including all types of yachting, with lessons in all kinds of sailing, and targeted towards individual age groups: 6-11 years, 11-13 years, 13-17 years, 18-25 years, and 26-39 years.
The Competition of the Summer: the Tour de France of Sailing
The 32nd edition of this test for teams or in single-hulled vessels brings together the best pro and amateur sailors, from June 25-July 23, with 11 stops between Dunkerque and Seyne-sur-Mer, passing by Trinité-sur-mer (Brittany): a guaranteed spectacle! One stage is scheduled at Saint-Cyprien (the coast of Roussillon), a major touchstone for its pleasure port and its nautical base.