Nautical activities

Experience the mariners life off the coast of Saint-Malo

A holiday at the seaside without a boat trip wouldn't be a real holiday! The sailing clubs of Saint-Malo and Cancale offer a wide range of water sports, from sailing to sea kayaking.

Activities accessible to all

The nautical centres of the Emerald Coast offer sailing courses for all levels and all ages in optimist dinghies or catamarans. Toddlers can be introduced to the marine environment at the sea garden proposed by the Cancale Sailing Club.

The nautical centre of Saint-Malo organizes summer courses for discovering sea rowing. This activity combines sport and the pleasure of being on the water. The boats are solid and stable, for solo, double or four-barred rowing.

No need to be an expert to learn stand-up paddle. You only need to know how to swim and stand up! Once on your board, which is wide and fairly stable, you'll be paddling around in no time. This activity, both relaxing and fun, is ideal for groups of friends.

Longe-côte is an activity appreciated by women who want to get back into sport smoothly after a long period of being a bit lazy, or having a baby. It consists of walking at sea at waist-depth. The movement can be accompanied by a paddle to make progression through the water a bit easier.

Inshore sea cruises

Do you dream of going around the world by boat? See how you get on with a two-day sea cruise with one night aboard first!

Take the opportunity to experience a memorable experience aboard Le Renard or the Etoile Molène, accompanied by a crew of professionals. You'll learn the basics of sailing hoisting and lowering sails, tacking and cooking like a sailor! Sleeping and living aboard a traditional sail boat for a weekend will be a wonderful holiday memory forever!

Perhaps you already know how to sail, and want to make progress at the sport. The nautical centre of Saint-Malo offers outings every weekend. Two boats, accommodating crews of 5 people, are available. A skipper will be present to ensure safety, propose a navigation plan and help crews learn new skills.

If you are a seasoned sailor with your own boat, enjoy a stopover on the Emerald Coast and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Saint-Malo has two marinas - the Port des Sablons, with 70 berths and Port Vauban, at the foot of the old town, which has 25 places.

Navigating in the bay of Saint-Malo is full of delights - the archipelago of Ebihens, the island of Cézembre, the fort of the Grand Bé at the foot of the ramparts, the Fort National, the Rothéneuf harbour near the island of Besnard.Vigilance is required as you often have to juggle between a high tide and the many rocks.

The Route du Rhum

Saint-Malo without the Route du Rhum wouldn't be Saint-Malo! This transatlantic sailing race connects the Corsair City to Guadeloupe. It takes place every four years in November.

This legendary event will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2018 with the 10th race. 120 boats instead of the usual 100 will register to participate in the famous transatlantic challenge this year.

Monohulls and multihulls, renowned skippers and amateurs will all start together on November 4, 2018 north of the Pointe du Grouin, sailing solo and without stopovers or assistance to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.

The sailors who win the race remain heroes of the nautical universe forever. Among them, Mike Birch, pioneer of the Route du Rhum, Florence Arthaud the only woman to have won the race,and Laurent Bourgnon, winner twice over. The crossing record is 7 days 15 hours 8 minutes and 32 seconds, held by Loïc Peyron since 2014.