THE 2017 COURSE

Sailors are the first to say that the “Tourduf” would not be what it is today without the breathtaking landscapes and seascapes that are revealed with every leg. For its 32nd edition, the Finistère Sail Tour offers a journey that echoes the success that has coloured the last three decades of its existence. Participants are invited to devour a racecourse spanning some 200 miles of Brittany’s coast from North to South.

Competitors will take the start of four day legs, one nocturnal leg and two windward-leeward courses in Brest harbour.

Reviving tradition, one of the Tour’s stopovers will host the competitors on temporary buoyed moorings in Lanildut.

Yet beyond the tourist trail, as beautiful as it is, competitors essentially come here to discover and rediscover what is a truly fantastic playground for sailing. Threading their way between the rocks, snapping up opportunities to make headway amongst the currents, taming the gales and overcoming the calm spells: the fine sailors of the Finistère Sail Tour will have plenty to keep them busy in the majestic setting offered up by Finistère’s coastline!

Monday 31 July: Roscoff / Aber-Wrac’h

 

Now the event’s appointed start venue, Roscoff will host the competitors in this 32nd edition of the Finistère Sail Tour.

The latter will set sail from the Baie de Morlaix on the first 34-mile leg to Aber Wrac’h. On the programme, competitors will initially pass the Ile de Batz before continuing towards the rocks of Brignogan. Having made their way along the Côte des Légendes (coast of legends), they’ll sail past Ile Vierge before making their grand entrance into the fabulous Aber Wrac’h. 

 

 

 

Tuesday 1 August: Aber-Wrac’h / Aber-Ildut - Lanildut

The first part of the course takes in the rocks of Portsall before rounding Le Four lighthouse that heralds the exit from the English Channel. However, before the sailors can benefit from the calm conditions of Aber Ildut, the most southerly of the three ‘abers’ (a Celtic name meaning river mouth), they’ll have to negotiate a second more technical section of the course, which notably includes the currents of the Chenal du Four.

 

           

 

 

Wednesday 2 August: Aber Ildut - Lanildut / Camaret sur Mer

 

This is a leg that encompasses one of the most beautiful land and seascapes of the Finistère region, which those participating in the Finistère Sail Tour are sure to enjoy on Wednesday as they sail from Lanildut to Camaret.

After passing the foot of the abbey of Saint-Mathieu, the course will take a slight detour at the foot of the Pen Hir headland and the rocky outcrops that make up the Tas de Pois, before slipping through the narrow passage formed by Le Toulinguet to finally reach the magnificent bay of Camaret.

 

 

 

Thursday 3 August: Camaret sur Mer / Brest

 

Three legs in one: the start of the day will initially kick off with a coastal course between Camaret and Brest, which will link onto 2 very tactical windward-leeward courses set in the harbour and sure to involve a great many manoeuvres.

Short as the coastal race will be (15 to 18 miles), it won’t be at all restful. Indeed, to win the race it will be necessary for the crews to post a solid performance in the restricted Brest narrows and be on top of their game with regards to the numerous changes in the wind and current that colour this area of Brest harbour, where conditions are somewhat reminiscent of an inland waterway.

 

 

Following this leg, the competitors will be able to play with two new charts as they compete in two windward-leeward races, one after the other, around the harbour. A technical event, this will reward those crews most honed at linking together a series of manoeuvres and close tactics.

 

 

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August: Brest / Port la Forêt

 

After twenty or so miles of navigation between the “Port du Ponant” and the Raz de Sein, the crews will reach the south-west tip of this region at around sunset.

Next the fleet will link onto the long and still highly tactical negotiation of the Baie d’Audierne towards the Penmarc’h headland.

 

To follow will be a passage bordering the Bigoudène headland, the Iles aux Moutons and the Glénans archipelago.

The competitors are expected to make landfall in Port la Forêt on Friday to round off this 32nd Finistère Sail Tour.

 

 


 

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