Set sail for les Sept-Iles on a traditional sailing ship

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Set sail for les Sept-Iles on a traditional sailing ship 22870 Île-de-Bréhat fr

"Cast off all lines", you’ll hear, as you breathe in the wind of adventure aboard the Saint Guirec, a magnificent traditional-style sailing ship. The Captain's friendly welcome is sure to help you get your sea legs - Denis le Braz puts everyone at ease, from the novice sailor to the most hardened seafarer. So why not embark on a voyage of discovery to Les Sept-Iles (the Seven Isles) and explore their many secret treasures.

Heave ho!

As soon as we leave the port, we’re at work with the halyard, hoisting the jigger sail: we have to pull on the ropes to raise the stern sail. What we lack in crewing experience, we make up for in good intentions. The rust and caramel coloured sails of this replica of a 1920s crayfishing vessel are a perfect match for the green hull.

Delphine, the boat's dynamic skipper, gives us our first notions of sailing. What a great feeling it is to be at the helm, with your eyes fixed proudly on the horizon. The ship looks fantastic with its long straight bow. Denis compares her to a "doe gliding across the water".

Coffee break with breathtaking views

We've completed our first manoeuvres and the boat's bell rings to tell us it’s time for coffee and brioches, amidst the most fabulous scenery and out on the ocean wave . We get acquainted with the other members of our ‘crew-for-a-day’.

The Saint-Guirec (Sant C'hireg in Breton) glides over the waves and whisks us towards the islands of Bono, Malban, Rouzic, Ile Plate, Ile aux Moines, Les Costans and Le Cerf. Our seafaring guides point them out to us one by one. On our port side, we can see cormorants perched on the rocky outcrops to dry their wings.

An encounter with history

We call into the port of Ile aux Moines and moor up alongside another traditional sailing ship, the Ar Jentilez. A number of rather comical incidents, caused by the extremely low tide, make our landing more entertaining! After lunching with a view of the Pink Granite coast, we discover that the island's tower offers superb views.

Denis, who is very fond of the area, tells us how five islands became the Seven Isles, how Gallic monks conquered the coast's inhabitants, and why the famous French navigator-explorer, La Pérouse, used to recruit his crew members in the area. There's a real sense of adventure and history in the air. But the tide tells us it is time to leave. Seagulls come and eat out of our hands.

Stronger winds make the boat to go faster, increasing our excitement as it heels over more and more. With sea salt on our skin and our heads filled with pictures, we slowly pass through the tide gate. We clap our hands in delight and admiration as we re-enter the wet dock. This has been a truly unforgettable trip out to sea, amidst the most marvelous heritage.

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