Ready for an invigorating sporting holiday? What if you took advantage of the benefits of the salty air of the Atlantic Ocean? Head to the beaches of the Gulf of Morbihan to learn or train in sand yachting. And if you are looking for accommodation nearby to relax, head to Camping Les Jardins du Morbihan at the gates of Vannes, a sublime fortified port city in the Brittany region.

Morbihan is a paradise for sports and leisure sand yachting

If you are new to sand yachting, know that the vast windy beaches of Morbihan are the ideal playground for this original machine. Well installed on a 3-wheel cart (1 at the front and 2 at the rear) enhanced with rigging, you will travel at the speed of the wind the kilometers of sandy stretches of the Breton coast. To steer this device, which is traditionally found on the beaches of northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, you will need to control the rudder using your feet. You will also have to succeed in steering the sail firmly attached to a mast and a boom.

For the record, the first airplanes were built in France by Louis Blériot and tested in 1912 on the beaches of Berck and Hardelot. These rolling machines propelled by the force of the wind alone are used today for leisure and competition. The last speed record validated by the international sand yachting federation (FISLY) dates from December 2022. It is held by a New Zealander who reached a speed of 222.4 km/h! Thrills guaranteed on the beaches of Morbihan for beginners and the most sporty, even if a recreational sand yacht generally does not exceed 60 km/h.

Some addresses to note

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, solo, in a duo, with family or friends, head to Penthièvre in Saint-Pierre-Quiberon where the landscapes are magnificent. To take lessons, ideally choose one of the 2 sand yachting schools in Morbihan which provide the equipment and are approved by the French Sand Yachting Federation (FFCV):

  • Zef Attitud’ offers several discovery packages (1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes). For a 1-hour outing, count on €27/person, €35 in a two-seater (from 5 years old) and €25 (from 8 to 12 years old). Groups of 6 or more people can benefit from discounts. The school also has a branch in Kerhillio (Erdeven) in the heart of the Grand site de France Dunes Sauvages de Gâvres in Quiberon.
  • Les Passagers du Vent offers to teach you sand yachting in Quiberon Bay on the Plouharnel site. The club provides 1- or 2-hour courses accessible to all (individuals, schools, disabled sports, etc.). For 1 hour in low season, count on €23 (individual from 8 years old), €36 (two-seater from 7 years old), respectively €26 and €42 in high season.

Wear the protection provided by the clubs (helmet, overtrousers) and don’t forget your windproof jacket, gloves and sunglasses. For your safety and that of people on the beach, always follow the advice of your instructor.

To take full advantage of the magnificent sand yachting spots on the Quiberon peninsula, consider booking your comfortable 4-star accommodation nearby. Les Jardins du Morbihan with water park and heated swimming pool is also only 40 km from the unmissable seaside resort of Carnac with 3000 menhirs and 5 beaches.

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