Sail beyond the Harp

Cruise Normandy with WHSC Offshore

September 6th to 23rd

All welcome - no experience needed



Join Maurice Futerman’s Brisbane Star, for a few days or a whole fortnight


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Cross the Channel.

Everyone remembers the first time they crossed the Channel by yacht, not ferry or plane. It’s a 14-plus hour trip, keeping watch, crossing busy shipping lanes, seeing England disappear and France rise over the horizon.

Land on a D-Day beach.

Our plan takes us east along the invasion coast, past Utah, Omaha, and Gold beaches. We can anchor for lunch in the remains of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. Up the river from Oustreham are Caen and the famous Pegasus Bridge.

See the Bayeux tapestry.

A few miles inland is Bayeux, home to the extraordinary graphic portrait of an earlier invasion, when the Normans came to Hastings.
68 metres long, with 70 scenes of embroidered linen, it was probably made in England.

Go mad with Monet at Honfleur.

At the south-western entrance to the river Seine is this picturesque mediaeval fishing port, favourite of the Impressionists.
The yacht basin is right in the heart of the old town, with a weekly market on the quay.



Brisbane Star - A Bavaria 37

Fully RYA and MCA approved and equipped for training and offshore cruising, she has both spinnaker and cruising chuBS Layout.jpgte, heavy weather and storm jibs, and two navigation computers. She transmits and receives AIS for safety in all conditions.

There are six berths in three cabins, plus hot water and heating.
Basic cost is £32 per person per day for the boat. Food afloat, mooring and diesel costs are extra (usually around another £30 per day).


The route (probably).

Gosport to Cherbourg, then:
St Vaast La Houge; Porte-en-Besin; a tour around the remains of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanche-Les-Bains; Courseulles Sur Mer; Ouistreham (Caen); Port Guillaume; Trouvilles-Sur-Mer and Honfleur. Finally, the return journey from Honfleur or Le Havre back to Gosport.

Remember - sailing plans may to change subject to wind and weather

Joining and Leaving the Cruise.

Transport along the coast from major ports is easy by bus (the landing craft service is no longer in operation) for those wishing to join or leave part way along the route.
Ferries run from:
Portsmouth to Le Havre, Cherbourg, Caen and Ouistreham and Southampton to Le Havre.
Click here to see ‘Normandy Ferry Ports and Channel Crossings by Passenger Ferries’ and to see ‘Bus Services in Normandy’. Also this link might also be of some help, and so might this one here.
Here is some information from Condor Ferries for foot passengers.
If you can work out your sailing possibilities and travel options, we can work out how best to get to you.

An online chart of the Baie de Seine can be viewed here.