Pilgrim Paimpol
Paimpol, Festival of the song of Marin. Courtesy Emmanuel BERTHIER http://www.tourismebretagne-photos.com


Paimpol Festival Sailing Holiday

Every two years over 100,000 people gather in a picturesque port in Brittany and this year we’ll be joining them on our Paimpol Festival Sailing Holiday.

The Festival du Chant de Marin (sea shanty festival) is referred to as a ‘sea of happiness’ as visitors gather from all over Europe to sing, dance and celebrate their maritime heritage. A fleet of historic vessels gather for the event and Pilgrim will sail across the English Channel from her home port of Brixham to be there. this is one of those very special, not-to-be-missed events and places are highly sought after. If you want to be part of it you need to make your booking as early as possible.

What to expect on your Paimpol Festival Sailing Holiday:

This nine day heritage sailing holiday starts from our delightful home port of Brixham in South Devon. You will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895. You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

Pilgrim BM45
Pilgrim at sea. Courtesy Julie Harris

Our experienced skipper will plan our channel crossing to make sure we have the best crossing while arriving in good time for the festivities in Paimpol. On this passage we may call in at the historic naval port of Dartmouth or visit the Channel Islands as part of our voyage. We’re spoilt for choice with fabulous ports and harbours on both sides of the channel that we can visit to make this a holiday to remember. You will also need to be full of energy and in good voice to get the best out of this unique sea shanty festival. Check out what’s happening at the 2019 Festival here

Pilgrim Paimpol Festival 2019
Paimpol Festival 2019

Weather- Wind and Tides!

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

This Paimpol Festival Sailing Holiday is one of the highlights of our 2019 season and promises to leave you with new friendships and some amazing memories to share when you are back home!

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Additional information

DatesSee Sailing Programme
DestinationPaimpol, Brittany
What's IncludedAll onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 7 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen
What's not included× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels x Joining or onward travel costs
Embark / Disembark Times13:00hrs – 12noon
Max berths10
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