France Atlantique Vannes Rally

An invitation to rally at Vannes (South Brittany)

on the 14th and 15th July 2018

We would love to see you at Vannes, to experience the Fete Nationale Festival in this vibrant Southern Brittany City.  Our rally starts with a pontoon party in the Port de Vannes (Marina) at about 1800 on the 14th July.

What is happening in Vannes? – If you have not been to the festival before then you have been missing a treat!  The City hosts several vibrant parades throughout the day which culminate in a comprehensive firework display off the City Ramparts.  It also hosts excellent markets, offering fresh produce, fish and meats, as well as lots of other ‘goodies’. Vannes has a medieval feel to it as you meander through the fascinating lanes within the City Ramparts, visiting the boutique shops.

Our rally proposes to enter the Port and ‘moor-up’ for 2 days on the 14th and 15th July.

What do you need to consider? – The Port de Vannes advise they will be very busy hosting the finale of the Ports du Morbihan Regatta on the 12th July and many boats are expected to stop-over for the 13th. The Capitainerie at Vannes suggests we enter the Port during the morning of the 14th, between 0800 and 1100, but to achieve this you will either need to get up very early in the morning, (if transiting the entrance to the Golfe du Morbihan that day) or, be moored/anchored near to Vannes on the 13th.
Those that fancy a leisurely approach can assemble at Crouesty Marina on the 12th and we have spoken to them requesting a group allocation of moorings.  However, the Marina will not commit to this until we provide a list of Skippers, their Boat names and craft size.  Should this arrangement go ahead, then it will allow for a bit of merriment during the evening of the 12th before transiting the entrance of the Morbihan during the afternoon of the 13th.  If you haven’t transited before then be aware that there are several ‘tidal gates’ to consider, particularly as this weekend has significant Spring Tides (co-efficient 104).   Further details will be provided when you register.

Update 8th July

We are now down to 12 boats (was 20) and Harry on Georgia has requested we ‘entertain’ two of his fellow countrymen and crew on Raptor and Whisky Mac, and we are delighted to have them on board.  Our numbers have also fallen to 31 from a potential 53, so Anna is pleased that her workload has nearly halved!  Provisions have already been purchased for the rally and it will be necessary to levy a charge of 5 euro per person to cover our costs.  Ian Hunter of Senior Moments has volunteered to be our Collector of dues.

Grenville suggested that I make it clear that boats entering the Port Anna channel should leave Roguedas fixed buoy to starboard so paragraph 7 of the notes should read:

The Golfe de Morbihan (Inland Sea) has many mooring and anchoring opportunities, and it is a glorious place to visit.  One of the favourites tends to be at Ile Aux Moines (north side) where two pontoons are available and many buoys, (Passport Escales is accepted at Ile Aux Moines, Port Blanc and Arradon). If at Ile aux Moines, only use the outer Pontoon (1) if you are fin keeled since with a coefficient of 103, you will touch bottom on Pontoon 2 at LW.  There is a free water taxi to take you ashore and power and water on the pontoons.  Alternatively, you could pick up a buoy just outside or at Port Blanc.    You could pick up a buoy at Arradon, or anchor at Ile d’Arz.  When making your way up to Vannes, ensure you keep the Green Roguedas Tower to Starboard as you enter the channel. It is all very obvious and simple.  You’ll see the famous pink house on your starboard side as you pass Port Anna.  If you are entering Vannes when the bridge opens (it stays in the open position all through the 4 hour access window), there is a waiting pontoon if you are early, remember that outgoing boats have priority. Keep an eye out for ferry movements as you approach.  See bridge opening times below.

And finally, Neil Eccles advises that Vannes are installing new pontoons – please don’t spill red wine on them!

Anna and I look forward to seeing you.

Derek Barnard

Captain of the MOA France Atlantique Chapter and Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Update June 22nd

Vannes – The festival is on the 13thand 14th The marina has requested that our rally comes in on the morning of the 14thas there are concerns regarding mooring congestion.

Skippers are responsible for their own mooring fees and the Passport Escales is valid here.

There will be a Pontoon Party, (hopefully outside the Capitainerie – look out for the Moody Owners Association flag). This commence 18:00 hours after the main parade.  Pimms, choice of wine and soft drinks will be served with nibbles.  REMEMBER TO BRING A GLASS!

15thJuly – an opportunity to dine with fellow rally members at a restaurant of your choice, lunch and/or dinner. Several restaurants around the port have confirmed they will be open.

16thJuly – Rally disperses.

Update June 8th

Marinas– So far, 14 yachts have registered an interest in this event and details of these have been sent to both Crouesty and Vannes Marinas.  Our Vannes invitation was also extended to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club (as several of our members are also members of this club), and a further 4 boats are now scheduled to join us, we now have 18 yachts interested in the Vannes Rally.  A list of all potential rally boats is shown below.  Please check your entry and advise if it does not reflect your requirements.  If you are not on the list then we haven’t heard from you so, perhaps an email to to register your interest is needed?

Crouesty Marina– We have advised 15 boats for mooring on the 12thJuly and have requested they be grouped together, possibly next to the Capitainerie.  No dining arrangements have been formalized as skippers may want to meet up with other rally members, renew friendships etc and make their own eating arrangements.  There are many restaurants to choose from. The marina has a medium sized Supermarket should you need to restock with supplies.

Restaurant– We have been unable to get confirmation of our booking, despite several emails and a visit to La Tandem on Tuesday 22ndMay.  A suitable alternative has not been found, (for example, the ‘Brasserie des Halles’ would not contemplate any bookings during July.  Regretfully, therefore, the proposed lunch is cancelled and informal arrangements should be pursued.  The Information Centre, adjacent to the Marina, can provide a list of restaurants.

List of Attendees

MOA Members
Tangaroa (M40)
Derek and Anna Barnard
Cutaway (M42)Bron and Neil Eccles
George and Gaynor Johnson
Ivye ToddStuart and Jenny Cessford
DulcineaChris and Wendy Bosker
VenturiaGrenville and Ann Hancock
Senior MomentsIan and Norma Hunter
RazColin and Pat Kendal-Torry
GeorgiaHarry Roberts
CelticaRowland and Karen Coombs
Amzer'ZoAlain and Maryse
RLymYC Members
MelodyPeter and Sharon Lowe
Martlet of ArunSue and Andrew Sutherland
Other Friends
Whisky MacDavid and Elaine Taylor
RaptorIan and Fancis Stevenson