Brittany is the home of the world’s best offshore sailors. Our 7-day fast-track performance monohull course will have our favourite French native Hugo Picard turning you into a fine-tuned sailor. Your training happens on a TS42 catamaran. All prices are per person.
Saturday at 9:00 AM
Saturday at 9:00 AM
Comfortable athletic clothing, light shoes, hat, full sailing foul-weather gear (salopettes & jacket/smock), sailing boots, sunscreen
All docking fees
All local fees
Food & wine on board
Food & drinks off the boat
ASA 104, NauticEd Bareboat, RYA Dayskipper or comparable sailing experience is recommended although not required
About 10 hours, course material will be provided after booking your course.
ASA 2x levels (if required)
Sailing Virgins Performance Course
Who is a Performance Course for?
We started our school with the belief that people under 50 want a sailing experience that is more athletic, more exhilarating than your typical cruising course. Our strong growth last year and perfect five-star ratings on Tripadvisor, Google and Facebook, making us the highest rated sailing school on the planet, suggests we’re onto something. Here is a bit more information about us.
This course follows our guiding principle, that sailing is one of the most exhilarating, athletic things you can do. Sailing courses are often held on tired old cruising boats. The TS, or Tres Simple, cruising catamarans, designed by Marsaudon Composites, are some of the fastest cruising catamarans in the world. The TS 42 is the perfect catamaran for racers and high-speed travelers, and yet they still have the amenities of a pleasant live-in vessel.
How many people can go on a course?
On this boat we can take five students. We have a senior instructor for the week, making sure everyone gets both boat and instructor time.
Who is the instructor?
Your instructor is Hugo Picard, known as The Sailing Frenchman on YouTube (with over 100K subscribers). Hugo has run race boats for Clipper, instructed in the Caribbean, raced single-handed in races leading up to the mini-Transat and is an unflappable, inspirational human. We love Hugo at Sailing Virgins – we all agree he’s pretty much the coolest person we know.
To be a Sailing Virgins instructor you need to have at least two seasons as a lead skipper for The Yacht Week in the Med and Caribbean, plus have at least a couple of ocean crossings under the belt. Our instructors can sail like nobody’s business. And they can get on with anyone and everyone.
Catamarans or monohulls for speed?
We like them both. The spoiler here is that it’s not about the boat so much as the crew. Nevertheless they have their pros and cons. While cats are normally faster, a Pogo will beat all but the fastest cats such as the TS42. We cover the difference in more detail here.
This itinerary is subject to change based on conditions.
Day 1 – Saturday 9:00AM
Today’s destination: Arzon. Today you will meet your instructor and fellow students, get onboard the TS 42 and receive briefings, ready for pushing out in the morning. Arzon is a super scenic place near the beautiful Golfe du Morbihan, a shallow and tidal place, great spot to hide from strong weather and work on those crocodile teeth.
Day 2 – Sunday
Today’s destination: Lorient. Today is an early start as we make our way to the legendary port of Lorient, home to IMOCAs, ULTIMs and Class 40, and the throbbing heart of offshore racing.
Day 3 – Monday
Today’s destination: Concarneau. The Concarneau bay has seen many legends train there like Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean Le Cam, Vincent Riou, and now the French offshore elite team is based there. followed by a few crêpes (the real ones) and cider in the old town of Concarneau. During the day you will be refining your trimming and reefing being coached by Hugo to find those extra half-knots of speed in the boat.
Day 4 – Tuesday
Today’s destination: Douarnenez. Douarnenez is a little bay almost at the tip of Bretagne, surrounded by cliffs, amazing walk around and also home of the famous Chat Mouette pub (the seagull cat), pro tip, don’t go there with your foulies.
Day 5 – Wednesday
Today’s destination: les Glénans. During the day you will make a stop at Les Glénans: with blue water like in the Caribbean but in Bretagne. When Hugo was asked he gave his pithy response in favour: “shitloads of rocks and current makes it worth to go have a beer there”. That’s why we love you Hugo.
Day 6 – Thursday
Today’s destination: Groix. Groix is a typical little island with bikes to ride around, nice food and breathing landscapes.
Day 7 – Friday
Today’s destination: Arzon. During the day you will visit Houat and Hoedic Islands, providing great navigation challenges around the rocks of the area. In the afternoon if you have any ASA exams, this is when you will sit them. After sailing back to Arzon, you will get together with your new best friends for a final bash in the restaurants and bars of the village.
Day 8 – Saturday
Everybody packs up, says their goodbyes and is off the boat by 9am.
Bretagne (aka “Brittany”) France
A TS42 goes above and beyond in terms of comfort while providing sporty performance and the ease of use of a compact catamaran.