THE HENLEY WHALERS - La Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan, France - 2017 Home

Sunday 21st - Sun 28th May 2017

Brilliant tidal sailing mainly in enclosed bay with islands and creeks.
Masses of traditional sailing boats from three-masted tall ships to small dingles. An excellent week!
Probably the best weather and some of the best sailing we can ever remember for "La Semaine Du Golfe".
"Sail & Oar" is Flotilla 2, but Molly elects to be in Flotilla 3B, "Traditional Leisure boats & Open boats"
Molly's page in the offical list


Video Morbihan 2017
Video including stills 6:20

.(The short verion 4:20)

Monday - Morning - En-route between St Malo and "The Golfe", Whalers again parked at the castle in Hédé-Bazouges for a coffee break in the village.
Accommodation at Port Blanc was further into the site than previously, but close to the swimming pool!- (OS-type map. .Bing Map. Campsite web-page)
Afternoon - Launched at Lamor Baden, but too late (as ever) for the Opening Parade. Enjoyed a shake-down sail, before finding the allocated buoy. Picture, right.

Molly. Lamor Baden

Molly's Entourage at Lamor Baden

Festivities at Isle d'Arz

Isle d'Arz

Isle d'Arz

Tuesday - Morning - Lamor Baden to Isle d'Arz for the Massed fleets Grand Picnic
Afternoon - Return to Lamor Baden.
Excellent weather. Pleasant sailing.
Molly's tracks and stats for the day, below.

Isle d'Arz
Beached at
Le Goret (The Piglet?)

"Gendarme Maritime"

Fleet 3B

Wednesday - From Lamor Baden - A day of nautical exploration - A picnic lunch at anchor alongside Isle Longue - A "treasure hunt" (clues in French) visiting several beaches to find the answers or to complete competitions. At Le Goret we had to create a picture from natural marine items. Inspiration came from the morning's encounter with the Harbour Police!
Finally sailing in in company from Toulindac Beach to Port Navalo.
Dinner at Port Navalo. Buses (gratis) to Campsite.
Molly's track and stats for the day, below.

Approaching Port Navalo
Thursday - Long bus ride (courtesy of the organisers) - Port Navalo.
Prize giving and briefing - Amazed to hear we'd won a prize for the "Gendarme Maritime"!
The sea state was inappropriate for many fleet 3B boats to sail around to Plage du Fogeo, so we all waited at Port Navalo for the tide which would take us to Le Bono.
To Le Bono via the Oyster boats at Fort Espagnol Crac'h - Music, dancing, free wine, and oysters (if you like 'em).
Dinner at Le Bono - (Buses to Campsite) - Molly's track and stats for the day, below.

The Prize!

Molly at Port Navalo

Dancing on the Oyster boat

Free oysters!
Rafted up alongside the oyster boat at Fort Espagnol Crac'h
Friday - Buses to Le Bono - Briefing - Sail to Fort Espagnol Crac'h More wine, oysters and dancing - ("..a hard life!" )
Afternoon cruise to Port Anna for dinner - (Buses to Campsite)
Molly's track and stats for the day, below.
Saturday - Buses to Port Anna - Morning Cruise to Port Navalo.
Afternoon - The Grand Parade. Peeled ott to slipway at Port er Bleye. Molly to trailer. A splended spectacle, for crews and spectators.
Molly's tracks and stats for the day, below.

Heading out to join the Parade

One of many tall ships
Molly's Morbihan 2017 tracks
View Ranger logo

"ViewRanger" offers several advantages over Gaggle other displays - You can:-
Zoom right in for fine details of courses
Analyse tacking and steering errors
See time, distance, speed at any point on a track
"How well were we tacking at .....?"

Molly's Morbihan 2017 tracks are here:-
Monday 22nd. Larmor Baden, Launch & bimbling - Not logged Anyone got it?.
Tuesday 23rd. am. Larmor Baden to Isle d' Arz.
pm. Isle d'Arz to Larmor Baden.
Wednesday 24th. Larmor Baden to Port Navalo.
Thursday 25th. Port Navalo to Le Bono.
Friday 26th. Le Bono to Port Anna.
Sat 27th. am. Port Anna to Port Navalo. pm. Port Navalo, Grand Parade, Porth er Bleye.

HOW TO USE "VIEW RANGER" - Conversion. 1 Statute mile = 0.87 Nautical miles approx.

Other folks pictures, sailing and/or social:- (Awaited)
Paul W (Under construction)

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Molly - Programme - Fleet 3b
Maps according to the initial programme - Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday .Friday. Saturday.
Right - Map of the bay - Sailing Intinerary for the whole week.

This was the "2017 Programme Nautique - The Nautical programme for all fleets (but not shore events)"
La Semaine Du Golfe du Morbihan Website (2017) - French version (More info and better graphics). Or click the UK flag for English version.

Golfe Du Morbihan map
Weather forecast (Isle-d'Arz) in the centre of the bay.
Otherwise:- Arzon Accuwweather. Arzon TWO. Crouesty (on the coast) Windfinder.
Our reports from Previous visits .2015, 2013, 2011,

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