Learn to Sail in the South of France Aboard a Sun Odyssey 40

Your instructor will adapt to your level!

  • Sailing course

Learn to Sail in the South of France Aboard a Sun Odyssey 40


Step aboard a Sun Odyssey 40 for a memorable sailing experience in the South of France. You can sail for between 2 and 7 days (depending on your preferences and availability) alongside Alexandre and his cat Léon. This duo have been touring the Mediterranean for years, passing on their passion for sailing. You'll have the chance to sail in a small group (4 to 6 people maximum) and discover some unmissable stopovers (the Îles d'Or, the Giens peninsula, the Brégançon fort, etc.).

Cruise Highlights

  • Learning to sail with family or friends
  • Perfecting your sailing manoeuvres
  • Sailing in a small group of 4-6 people

Your Boat

  • Sun Odyssey 40
  • 3 total cabins
  • 6 people max
  • 1 crew members

Step aboard Tranquility, a Sun Odyssey 40 GTE (Large Draught, 1.95m), 11.75 metres long and 3.95 metres wide. This monohull, perfectly equipped for learning to sail, was completely renovated in 2023 by your instructor, Alexandre. Thanks to its double steering wheel, visibility is always good when manoeuvring. There are several types of sails to hoist, depending on the wind conditions. Inside, the saloon is spacious enough to accommodate all the passengers during briefings. There's also a functional kitchen area, where you can prepare some tasty dishes.

  • Double steering wheel
  • Mainsail (3 reefs)
  • Genoa
  • Code zero
  • Solent
  • Asymmetric spinnaker
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Hotplate
  • Hot water
  • Outside shower
  • Solar panels
  • Bathing platform
  • Auto pilot
  • Depth sounder
  • Anemometer
Layout

The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Your Cabin

This sailboat has 3 double cabins (the front cabin is reserved for your instructor) and a shower room, which is shared between all passengers.

The maximum number of people is 4 passengers + an instructor during shared sailing courses and 6 passengers + an instructor if the boat is privatised.

Itinerary of your cruise

There is no better place than the French Riviera to learn to sail and improve your sailing skills! With its exceptional coves, picturesque harbours and heavenly islands, it's sure to be a rewarding experience.

Map
South of France

DEPARTURE: Le Lavandou
Meet at 9am in the port of Le Lavandou to board the boat Tranquility. Alexandre will be waiting on deck to show you around the boat and your cabin. After familiarising yourself with the boat and getting to know your crew, it's time to set sail to discover the French Riviera and its islands.

Navigation
Alexandre is keen to pass on his passion for sailing in a fun and educational way. He will adapt to your skill level and wishes to help you progress as much as possible.

A wide range of themes will be covered, including:

  • Setting and Sail Selection
  • Lights (Bearing, Near, Through...)
  • Amur Changes (Tack, Gybe)
  • Port Manoeuvres (Sailing or Engine)
  • Meteorology (interpretation of the sky, cloud shapes, disturbances...)
  • Mapping (map reading, drawing a route...)

Your sailing course will allow you to discover some mythical stopovers in the south of France:

  • The Golden Islands are an archipelago of 4 islands located opposite the Massif des Maures:
    • Porquerolles is the largest island in the archipelago. The north of the island is peaceful, with turquoise waters and fine sandy beaches, while the south boasts steep cliffs and mysterious coves.
    • Port-Cros is by far the most mountainous island. Its trails attract hiking enthusiasts each year and its seabed draws diving enthusiasts. The anchorages are regulated to preserve the island's ecosystem, but you can easily dock at Port-Cros.
    • Le Levant is an island shared between the Arbutus Voluntary Nature Reserve and the naturally beautiful area of Heliopolis. Along its coast, you will find some lovely anchorages to take a lunch break and enjoy the view.
    • Bagaud is classified as an "Integral Reserve" and is the subject of scientific studies of animals and plant species present on the island. Many buoys have been set up on several mooring areas, allowing you to spend a night in a beautiful setting while preserving the environment.

  • The peninsula of Giens is a small corner of paradise attached to the continent by a double tombolo (sandbar of about 4km). Between these two bands, the salt marshes are home to an exceptional biodiversity that will delight birdwatchers. There are several species of falcon, herons, avocets, warblers and the very elegant pink flamingos. You will find beautiful coves to anchor and perhaps even caves to explore...

  • Fort Brégançon was built and fortified in the Middle Ages on a strategic rocky outcrop to monitor the rafts of Hyères and Toulon for potential invaders. Since 1968, it has been classified as a historic monument and every year sees the President of the French Republic parade during the commemorations of the landing of Provence.

  • Cape Taillat will be easily accessible by westerly winds, allowing you to hoist the sails for incredible wayside navigation. Once there, you will discover a fascinating natural environment Its hiking trails lead to the burial site of the Dolmen of Briande.\

ARRIVAL: Le Lavandou
Arrive back in the port of Le Lavandou in the early afternoon and take advantage of this last day on board to clean the boat (sails, tips, ropes, deck...). This step is essential to maintain your sailboat and ensure good conditions for each sail. Your disembarkation is scheduled around 4:30 pm.

Please note:
  • Depending on weather conditions, you may have to board at the port of Hyères.
  • The stops mentioned above are strictly indicative. Your navigation schedule will depend upon weather conditions.


Le Lavandou  The Golden Islands  Giens peninsula  Fort Brégançon  Cap Taillat  Le Lavandou

The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions.
The photographs and visual products presented have no contractual value.

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  • Accommodation in a shared double cabin
  • Services of a skipper/instructor (instructor speaks French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish)
  • Motorised dinghy
  • Boat insurance
  • Guaranteed departure if there is more than one cabin booked

Price does not include

  • Transport to the base
  • Provisioning (approx. €30/person/day) to be paid in cash on site
  • Fuel (approx. €20/day) to be paid on-site in cash
  • Bedding (sheets, pillowcase, sleeping bag)
  • Towels
  • Port taxes and mooring fees (€50 to €70/night) are to be paid on-site in cash
  • Final cleaning
  • Private cabin supplement

Frequently asked questions

  • What equipment should I bring with me?

    For your comfort we advise you to bring with you the following equipment:
    • Waxed or windproof jacket and pants
    • Closed shoes and/or boots
    • Pants
    • Fleeced sweater
    • Swimsuit
    • Cap or hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (max index strongly recommended)
    • Chapstick
    • Towel (microfiber type)
    • Toiletries (including ear plugs as there may be a snorer)
    • First Aid Kit
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Pillow
    • Flashlight
    • Easily identifiable personal bottle (with first name for example)
    • Disposable tissues
    • Notepad and pen

    Finally, choose a travel bag over a suitcase that can be stored easier on board.
  • How are meals organised on board?

    Provisioning is not included in the price of your sailing course. Shopping is managed by all participants before boarding. Alexandre usually sets up a discussion group with the participants to plan who brings what. The aim is to avoid doing any big shopping trips on the day of embarkation to save time. Of course, replenishments can be made during stopovers.
    Everyone is free to bring along local specialities to share with the rest of the crew.
    As far as the organisation of meals is concerned, everyone will be asked to take part in the daily tasks (preparation, cooking, washing up, etc.).
  • What happens in the event of bad weather?

    Two scenarios are possible:

    • 1st case: The skipper considers the weather too bad to navigate in good safety conditions. In this case, the skipper will suggest that you cancel or postpone the cruise within the time slots available.

    • 2nd case: The weather is not good, but the skipper considers the navigation is not risky to the safety of the crew. In this case, the course will go ahead. Weather hazards are an integral part of sailing. Depending on the region you're visiting, it's important to take the right items with you.


    In any case, it is important to note that the skipper is the sole judge of the weather and safety conditions. But rest assured, less favourable weather conditions are also very interesting, allowing you to discover another sailing experience!
  • What are the requirements to confirm my booking?

    To confirm your reservation, you must inform your GlobeSailor consultant who will propose a time to collect your deposit. The reservation will not be considered final until your deposit has been received (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card), from 30 to 50% of the amount of the reservation. A deposit of 100% will be required for any reservation made less than one month before departure. The balance is due 45 days before departure at the latest.
  • What happens in the case of cancellation?

    In the case of cancellation, you must notify your GlobeSailor advisor as soon as possible. Whatever the cause, the following cancellation fees will be due: up to 90 days before departure: 30% /// from 89 to 60 days: 50% /// from 59 to 30 days: 75% /// from 29 days to departure: 100% of your booking.