Situated in North-Brittany, in the Côtes d'Armor region right next to Rennes, Saint-Malo is renowned for its tall ships but also all the famous nautical events. For instance, the Route du Rhum regatta, the Raid des Corsaires and even the transatlantic race from Québec to Saint-Malo. The city is completely turned towards the sea and is the second biggest commercial harbour in Brittany after Brest. The historical city, which is surrounded by ramparts attracts many tourists in France every year and is an excellent departure base for a sailing holiday in Brittany and if you are on the river Rance, you can charter a motorboat.
The Sablons harbour in Saint Malo offers 1200 berth places. Whether you are chartering for a fishing trip just for the day or if you are looking for a catamaran charter for a few days in the Channel Sea you are sure to find what you are looking for here. The Sablons harbour is seconds away from the old privateer town and is an ideal departure base to charter a cheap sailboat or a day charter on a tall ship.
The Vauban harbour has, on the other hand, 225 spaces with a waterway connection to the network of canals in Brittany. There are many professional boat rental companies but you can also charter a boat from a private owner. If you don't hold a license you can always charter a sailboat with a skipper in Saint-Malo and discover the islands of Jersey and Guernesey. If you don't find your dream boat in Saint-Malo you can always try Granville. Sailing in Brittany is perfect for family sailing holidays since you have many ferry connection to the UK.
There are quite a few exceptional tall ships in Saint-Malo. You can charter one of them for a day and sail in the bay. You are guaranteed to have an amazing sailing holiday onboard a traditional ship such as Le Renard or La Malouine. For a sailboat charter with a skipper it's possible to rent a tall ship with its entire crew for a few days. They will gladly show you how to manouver such a big sailboat, which can be rather impressive, especially with kids.
If you have decided to charter a boat in Saint Malo it's surely because you have a strong desire to discover the coasline of Brittany but maybe also the Channel Islands. Start sailing out from Saint Malo to Dinard onboard your sailboat and point your compass towards Jersey. Try out the island's great beaches, especially Saint-Brelade and why not drop anchor in the little creeks on its Northern coast. Head then towards the island of Sark, a stopover you cannot neglect before visiting Guernesey. The island is barren with nothing but fields full of sheep and dramatic landscapes.
On a First 27.7 from Saint-Malo with a group of friends. Sailed around the Channel Islands, had a good navigation!
We loved the Baltic Sea in Danemark, especially when we arrived in Copenhagen with its colorful houses. But Sweden and its canals were even better. Had the best time on board of our Oceanis 411!
We were able to do a few quotations with the customer service to find the best boat for our destination. We went for a Lagoon 450, really comfy for the family!