THE 2017 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 32nd 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 Lanildut.

 

Finistère, the perfect playground

Yet beyond the tourist trail, as beautiful as it is, competitors essentially come here to 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! 

 

Leg #1

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 for 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.

 

Leg #2

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.

 

Leg #3

Wednesday 2 August: Aber Ildut – Lanildut / Camaret

There is a sumptuous tourist programme for competitors in the Finistère Sail Tour which, having negotiated the Molène archipelago and the Chenal du Four and before the arrival in Camaret, will pass by the foot of the abbey of Saint-Mathieu.

 

Leg #4

Thursday 3 August: Camaret / Brest

“Three races for the price of one...” so might read the dictum for this Camaret / Brest section.

Early on in the day competitors will initially have to negotiate the entrance to the Brest narrows during a short coastal race to Brest and its “Banc du Corbeau”, a sprint followed by round the cans racing with 1 or 2 windward-leeward courses.

 

Leg #5

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

After leaving the harbour in the early afternoon, there will be a short hop of twenty miles or so to make Le Raz de Sein, which will be reached late in the day, just before the tide turns…

Weather permitting, the largest boats will round the buoy to the West of the Chaussée de Sein just beside the majestic Armen lighthouse.

 

The ‘lengthy’ negotiation of the Baie d’Audierne will follow and then the rocks of Penmarc’h and the familiar tour of the Glénan islands.

The competitors will make landfall in Port la Forêt, the end of this 32nd Tour, early in the morning.


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