The Forgotten Jewel in Cote d'Armour

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The Forgotten Jewel on the Cote d’Armour

Treguier, six miles up the river Jaudy appears to be the forgotten jewel in the cote d’Armour.

A reasonable overnight destination from Dartmouth, and most of the South West coast for most cruising vessels, and only a short hop from the channel islands.

The river/marina is accessible at most points of the tide, with well marked channels both day and night with a substantial improvement schedule that has been carried out over the last few years:
• Dredging the whole marina to give better draft facilities and access to larger craft
• Upgrading of the electricity supply on all the visitors berths
• New pontoon decking on the majority of the marina
• Spotlessly clean showers and toilets, cleaned three times a day and available 24/7
• Proper cleats, oft a bane of cruisers to France not the loops that sprout all over the place.
• New waiting pontoon, this midstream waiting pontoon is new and there are plans to increase its holding capacity, as it is necessary to enter the marina at slack tide.
• The New Captain of the port is accommodating and will try his best with his team to meet visitor’s specific needs, and are always available to help with berthing if you are short handed.
• Fuel is available.

Within walking distance there are several superb restaurants in the old town, that have diverse and varied menus that would cater for the most fastidious palette, and of course crepes and pizza’s for young and old.

There are all the major supermarkets within walking distance for provisions, and some will deliver to the marina.

For bits for the boat and clobber for the crew there is the Coper Marine “le veritable supermarche de la mer” which has most things available, and a short bus ride away you have Paimpol and Lesardrieux with a greater range of chandlers.

So why is it that few cruising boats visit, there is very little press coverage of this marina tucked safely up the Jaudy, and only regulars appear to revisit?

So give it a go, a warm welcome awaits newcomers and old

btw not involved at all with the marina and its management, and have a new sign in name, was Moonfish but forgot my password and the email address i used when signing up years ago!!
Just a very happy boater that has his home port in Treguier and felt i would share the improvements with you all.
 

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Within walking distance there are several superb restaurants in the old town

[/ QUOTE ] I've only visited Treguier by car, but iirc the walking distance may be short but it's not inconsiderably vertical? At least you're staggering downhill to go to bed!

Interested to see that there's a new waiting pontoon; I've heard of the hazards of the tidal flow.

But I agree, a nice spot.
 

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Within walking distance there are several superb restaurants in the old town

[/ QUOTE ] I've only visited Treguier by car, but iirc the walking distance may be short but it's not inconsiderably vertical? At least you're staggering downhill to go to bed!

Interested to see that there's a new waiting pontoon; I've heard of the hazards of the tidal flow.

But I agree, a nice spot.

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There are of course five on the flat, which don't test the legs but a good walk is good for you after bouncing across the channel /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif
 

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So why is it that few cruising boats visit, there is very little press coverage of this marina

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YM promoted Treguier hard and the Royal Torbay YC continues to do so through the Triangle Race from Torquay to Kinsale to Treguier and back to Torquay.

I agree, Trequier is a delightful spot: in many ways the best destination on the north coast of Britanny. Two reasons why it hasn't been as popular as it should are:
The ferocious cross tides at the entrance which can make a night entrance very difficult and always a bit worrying
The ferocious tides through the marina which make berthing at anything other than slack water a gift for the GRP repair men.

The first problem is surmountable with care and attention and becomes relatively mundane with experience. The second is alleviated by the new holding pontoon although I have to say, when I was there last year, it was not the most salubrious pontoon to moor alongside.
 

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Was there at equinoxial springs and whole trees seem to be floating down at about 5 knots. Sleeping on board was like sleeping on passage with the water rushing by.

Having said that, I was at the end of a pontoon, where the tidal flow was at it's worst. Close in to the shore, things are a bit quieter.
 

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There are of course five on the flat, which don't test the legs

[/ QUOTE ] Missed them; I got distracted by the Patisserie in the Square. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

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James i have seen you here with your Dazcat.

Whilst the cross tides in the marina are still present, the dredging appears to have altered the way it hammers through, leading to quieter nights and a longer period of slack to moor and leave.

The waiting pontoon is all new this year, and to be extended before the main rush.

The Jersey triangle race is due in this weekend so should be packed.

Unfortunately "Le Hanger" remains closed as no one in the present climate is taking it on, but the bar has been taken over and is now a hub once again!

cheers Mike
 

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A large prize to be awarded by the city fathers to any stranger who manages to correctly identify the daytime leading marks....

Treguier is always imprinted in my memory after a very hairy first entrance at night with the Basse Curbulent buoy extinguished. Came within a gnat's todger of hitting the reef.

Town lovely and the swindlery source of the deadliest mackerel lures ever.
 

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Agree Treguier is delightful but would not recommend a night entry. It is very well lit apart from rounding La Corne light, I know of a number yachts that have run aground here. A far simpler option at night - weather permitting- would be Port Blanc, pick up a buoy or anchor.
 

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pick up a buoy

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Bit of Fred Drift:-

According to the almanac, there are visitors buoys at Port Blanc [coloured yellow, I think it said]. On my one visit there I couldn't find them in the gathering dusk so I borrowed a vacant private mooring, which meant I couldn't dine ashore in case the owner returned and claimed it. Can you tell me if these visitor buoys exist and, if so, where they are?
 

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Port Blanc.
I seem to remember the yellow visitors buoys were there a couple of seasons ago, large letters on them, but we picked up a vacant local buoy as visitors buoys were taken. They were close to the leading line.
Speaking of which the rear transit - Le Comtesse Mill - shown on 3672 no longer exists so daytime entry not as easy as it used to be.
 

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Was there at equinoxial springs and whole trees seem to be floating down at about 5 knots. Sleeping on board was like sleeping on passage with the water rushing by.

Having said that, I was at the end of a pontoon, where the tidal flow was at it's worst. Close in to the shore, things are a bit quieter.

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There is the most wonderfull RM1050 based here, looks brand new and the finnish is unbelieveable, hope you are still enjoying yours, followed the build and purchase on the forum.

If you ever come back look me up on C pontoon, been here six years and now regarded as "local"

Also forgot to mention very good fast reliable Wi-fi service /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

cheers Mike
 

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Thanks.

Still enjoying mine a lot and definitely hope to visit Brittany as soon as I can.
 

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A detail; it\'s Cote d\'Armor (not Amour) ...

coming from the Breton Ar Mor = "the sea". It was the name given by the Romans to a large part of Western France and the name was later localized to what is now Brittany.

Brittany got it's name from the 5th century British refugees who fled England and Wales following the fall of the Roman Empire and the onslaught of the wild Angles and Saxons.

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Brittany got it's name from the 5th century British refugees who fled England and Wales following the fall of the Roman Empire

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That explains the state of the marina shower blocks long this part of the French coast.
 

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Re: The Forgotten Jewel in Cote d\'Armour - Yep agree

Have always enjoyed my visits there as always lots of space, a bit worried now if its been so called improved and lots of unwashed start visiting.

Tide worries are a bit like the warnings for Chichester Bar, yes can be very strong but they are predictable in direction and can be used to advantage with forethought with ferry gliding in, you will get in difficulties if you make a normal approach down through the pontoons and get caught T boned with your hull 90 to the tide.

Good peaceful anchorages all up the river and the chandlery across the bridge is a true cave of delights.

The only difficulty about the entrance is the leading marks can be hidden in the summer haze or mist, but both the inside passage from Brehat or the outside approach which can have quite a swell are not something any one should be worried about, I have done it in less than 20m vis using just chart log and distance run techniques, the bouys all turned up as expected.

All in all a great place.

Brian
 

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Been here for years, just forgot my password or even the now defunct email addy used to sign up.

Sorry about the spelling mishtake, still getting used to the azerty keyboard /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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