SW Bretton port for crew change via UK flight connection.

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I am mulling over this year's main summer cruise to SW Brittany. As usual muggins has to solo to a destination with a suitable noon solar elevation where her ladyship can then fly in.

East Midlands, Stansted or Luton are the favoured departure points but to where in Brittany. So far Nantes airport seems to work for a UK connection but the taxi ride to Pornic looks pricey.

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Doing the same, but going as far as La Rochelle which has good airport connections, about 15 euro taxi from airport.
 

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Unless you are prepared to pay for VERY expensive flights via Paris, your options are Ryanair to Nantes from Liverpool or to Brest from Luton or with FlyBe to Rennes or Brest from Southampton or Manchester.

Both Nantes and Rennes have good train connections to Vannes which would be your nearest rail station close to a marina assuming you do not have a car. Obviously you could go further west such as Lorient.

I have no idea what the train connections are like from Brest.

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Rennes is very good - bus from airport to the station and train on to Vannes (1 hr) good service (for Fance!) - very nice place to receive herself on board!

Nantes works; airport coach to the station and train to the coast.

If you want to go far south, La Rochelle works, and it's a very nice town of course.

You may already know it, but French public transport is a disaster (I shall ignore all howls of protest) - you need to plan well ahead and allow for late planes etc. In the past I've hired a car and made myself independent of the transport mess - can't have herself standing in an empty airport lounge late in the evening waiting for her skipper!

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Nantes to Pornic is fairly straight forward by train, as is UK to Nantes.

If I were travelling from UK to Pornic I would do the whole lot by train, far better than hanging about in airports, and no weight restrictions, the last time I went Ashford to Pornichet (just the other side of river estuary), It only took a couple of hours more than the flight would have done, and wasn't wildly expensive.
 
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Doing the same, but going as far as La Rochelle which has good airport connections, about 15 euro taxi from airport.

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I would like to do the same but my plan is to fit a 3 week cruise in before the french holiday en-mass in August. From what I could tell the UK/la Rochelle summer flights start on the 21st of July.

But plans might slip, if so I will consider la Rochelle again.
 
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Nantes to Pornic is fairly straight forward by train, as is UK to Nantes.

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Thanks I just found the train on the map, it looks convenient.

The Lincolnshre/Cambridgeshire starting point rules out doing the whole thing by train. Anyhow the swmbo would probably demand I travel up to Paris to act as her personal porter between stations.
 
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Rennes is very good - bus from airport to the station and train on to Vannes (1 hr) good service (for France!) - very nice place to receive herself on board!

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Interesting, this is an option I had completely overlooked, partly because I an not familiar with SW Brittany and so have yet to convince myself that my 2.2m draft will let me into the far corners of the golf Du Morbihan.

But yes it is always better to kick off the holiday cruise from somewhere pleasant, Pornic marina looks like a lump of concrete grafted onto the coast judging from Google maps. Two years ago St. Malo scored highly as the starting point, last year Brixham was a bit dismal but the first mate's sentiment recovered at Dartmouth and Salcombe.

I also need to consider that I might arrive a week early if the weather is perfect in which case I'd prefer to save money by hanging off a mooring buoy until the Royal flight touches down.
 

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I an not familiar with SW Brittany and so have yet to convince myself that my 2.2m draft will let me into the far corners of the golf Du Morbihan.

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You would get into Crouesty though, modern but pretty with lots of cafes overlooking the marina and a mid week market. Big posh hotel up the road does manicures and stuff for girls, however you want to keep that snipet from her /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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2.2m draft will see you to Vannes - you will go in on the tide so the only restriction might be that some of the berths alongside would not suit you. Station is 1 km from the marina.

You can hang off buoys in the Morbihan if you arrive early: you know the marina at the entrance (Crouesty) is a gold mine!

Pornic is as you describe...

Lorient is worth considering - easy train connections: you can actually walk from the station down to the marina. Go visit the submarine pens - fascinating!Port Louis opposite is quaint and a little cheaper and quieter.

Roche Bernard on the Vilaine is nice for a stay, reasonable prices but it's rafting there for the main part. The approaches to Arzal are shallow so go with the tide. You can anchor there too. No use as a connecting port - it only has the occasional bus and the trains are a long way off.

Good sailing!

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2.2m draft will see you to Vannes - you will go in on the tide so the only restriction might be that some of the berths alongside would not suit you. Station is 1 km from the marina.

You can hang off buoys in the Morbihan if you arrive early: you know the marina at the entrance (Crouesty) is a gold mine!

Roche Bernard on the Vilaine is nice for a stay, reasonable prices but it's rafting there for the main part. The approaches to Arzal are shallow so go with the tide. You can anchor there too. No use as a connecting port - it only has the occasional bus and the trains are a long way off.

Good sailing!

PWG

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Agree about the Gulf and no problem with depth in Vannes other than a few berths just below the new Capitainerie and some up towards the town.

Crouesty is an option and I'm pretty sure there is a bus service to Vannes although if you have gone that far, its definitely worth exploring the Gulf so you are as well to go up to Vannes.

La Roche-Bernard (where we are based) is lovely and lots of new pontoons mean almost no rafting now. HOWEVER - the downside is that there is no public transport. Nearest train station is Redon and you could take your boat up the Vilaine that far with the mast up or it is about 45 mins by taxi or hire a car for a pick up from Nantes.
 

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Another vote for La Rochelle.

Easy to get to single handed and regular flights from Stanstead to the local airport . A bus to the town centre is only a few euros and the visitors marina is in the town centre. great restaurants and good sailing as well.
 
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