JL240718 – Dournenez Festival & Channel Crossing

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
JL240718 Tues 24 July (15.00) Weds 1 Aug (16.00) Falmouth Falmouth 8 £1,050 Book voyage »

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Head out across the channel with Johanna Lucretia and sail from Falmouth to Douarnenez Maritime Festival for a summer highlight of sails, music and dance.

Join in the historic seafarers port of Falmouth where Johanna Lucretia’s crew will encourage you to get involved with all aspects of sailing this magical ship. Hoist the sails and leave Cornwall astern on a southerly course to Brittany.


  • Scottish sunset Frances Trainer
  • Seal on a rock

Voyage Description

The channel crossing will involve one night at sea before arriving on foreign shores. Once we reach the French coastline, we will be filling up on fresh mussels and crab, local delicacy Kouign Amman and Far Breton for fantastic dinners aboard.

We will sail into the port of Douarnenez with hundreds of vessels converging from all corners of Europe and the world, making an exciting and truly unforgettable start to the festival – be part of it.

Festival Temps Fête, Douarnenez begins on July 25th, and is a haven for traditional wooden ship lovers. It also attracts an array of photographers and artists who want to immerse themselves within working boats and the beauty of Douarnenez and its two ports. Whilst one is the old fishing port, Rosmeur, there is another with wooden wharves lined with harbour-side bars and restaurants in the medieval town. Douarnenez Festival also offers plenty of races, sailing re-enactments and other activities on the water. The cobbled streets are perfect to explore the music, local shops and cuisine whilst reminiscing of a time when the wooden boats provided the town with trade as they docked in the port.

After you have experienced the music and magic of Douarnenez, Johanna will begin her journey back out of the deep bay homewards across the channel under sail.

  • Sea Urchin credit Gemma Turner
  • Sea bird chick
  • Moules mariniere

Useful Information

How to get there:

By Rail: First Great Western to Truro, change for Falmouth Town or Docks

By Road: By Road: From Exeter 97 miles, 2 hrs.A30 via Launceston & Bodmin, then A39.

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Visitor Attractions:

The Eden project is well worth a visit as is the National maritime museum. There are also some interesting and beautiful coastal walks.


Captain Rodger Barton 07721 651034

Fowey water taxi 07774 906730

Harbour Master 01726 832471

Old Ferry Inn


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