THE 2018 RACECOURSE SPANS OVER 200 MILES

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 33nd edition, the Finistère Sail Tour offers a journey that echoes its success over the past three decades. Participants are invited to devour a racetrack stretching over 200 miles from North to South of Brittany’s western coast.

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 Lampaul-Plouarzel on the magnificient Aber-Ildut.

 

Beyond the touristic trail, as beautiful as it is, competitors essentially come to Finistère to rediscover 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 Tour du Finistère à la Voile will have plenty to keep them busy in the majestic setting offered up by Finistère coastline! 

 

Monday 30th July: Roscoff/Aber-Wrac’h

 

Now the event’s appointed start venue, Roscoff will host the competitors in this 33rd edition of Tour du Finistère à la Voile. The latter will set sail from the Baie de Morlaix for the first 34-mile leg to Aber Wrac’h. The competitors will first 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 31st July: Landéda-Aber-Wrac’h/Lampaul Plouarzel-Aber-Ildut -Lampaul Plouarzel

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 1st August: Lampaul-Plouarzel-Aber Ildut / Camaret

 

With the southern part of Chenal du Four as a playground, the competitos will enjoy a fanstatic leg on this 3rd day between Aber-Ildut and Camaret-sur-Mer. The course will first let them pass by the foot of the Saint Mathieu’s Abbey, before going straight down to Camaret-sur-Mer.

Indeed, after this coastal leg, the competitors will have the opportunity to try their luck in the bay of Camaret with the 1st ‘sausage run of the Tourduf’. A technical test which will reward the most sharp crews with regard to the succession of maneuvers and tactical behaviors in the middle of the fleet.

Thursday 2nd August: Camaret / Douarnenez

This leg will let the fleet brush past the most beautiful cliffs of Finistère. The competitors will first in the straight corridor of Toulinguet, and then by the foot of Tas de Pois, Pointe du Raz, and the coastline of Crozon.

A real tactical leg, in which the good use of the coastal effects will be crucial, that will end in Douarnenez, close to Ile Tristan.

 

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August: Douarnenez / Port-la-Forêt (La Forêt-Fouesnant)

On the 3rd August, the fleet will not be able to leave Douarnenez, for the night leg, before 6.00pm because of the current in Raz de Sein. Consequently, the 2nd sausage run will stand in the bay of Douarnenez at the beginning of the afternoon. A new occasion for the crews to collect some extra points.

The start of the night leg will be around 6.00pm. After around 20 nautical miles that separate the ”Penn Sardinn” harbour and Raz de Sein, the fleet will reach, at the sunset, the South West headlands of Finistère.

Then  the fleet will start the long and lasways tactical crossing of the Bay of Audierne through Point de Penmarc’h.

The crews will finally sail close to the Bigoudène headland, Iles aux Moutons and the Glénan Archipelago.

The competitors should arrive in Port-la-Forêt no Saturday morning to close the 33rd edition of Tour du Finistère à la Voile.


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