Cumberland Cruise to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

Date: Depart Thursday 7th May 2020 evening/Friday 8th May morning. Return Sunday 10th May morning or as desired.

Venue: Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy

Organiser: Richard Hill

Format: Sailing, land-based excursions and dining

Our summer cruising activities begin with a trip to the beautiful French fishing town of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. In 2020, Friday 8th May will be the early May Bank Holiday due to VE Day celebrations that weekend. We therefore plan to leave on Thursday evening in order to make an overnight trip to France in readiness for the long weekend. On Friday 8th May High Water Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is 11.06 CET (10.06 BST) and 23.26 CET (22.23 BST). The Lock should open about 2 hours before local HW (lock opening times will be published nearer the time).
Provisional Schedule:
Thursday 7th May:
Evening departure from home ports for Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Tides in the Solent set east towards the Forts on Thursday evening. It is approximately 80 miles to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue from Cowes. Alternatively, you can undertake the trip during the day on Friday if preferred.

Friday 8th May:
Friday afternoon - Cycle to Barfleur Lighthouse (for the fit) or a trip to Ile De Tatihou via a DUKW and visit the museum and surrounding fortifications. Or just wander around the pretty town of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and the adjoining coastline.
Friday evening - Wine tasting in the cellars of Mason Gosselin (time and venue TBC).
Dress code: Smart Casual

Saturday 9th May:
Morning - Start with a wander around the Saturday Market which has a large array of local produce (as do the local shops).
Lunch at local cafes/restaurants or purchase local shellfish (from the morning's catch) and eat on board. Order wines (which can be delivered to your yacht by Maison Gosselin).
1830 Pre-Dinner Drinks on Pontoon.
1930 Dinner at Les Fuchsias Restaurant, Hotel De France (a RTYC member’s favourite)
Dress code: Jacket and Tie

Sunday 10th May:
Depart for UK. High Water is 12.32 CET (11.32 BST). Lock gates should open approximately 2 hours before HW so it is just possible to get back to UK before nightfall. If an earlier departure is needed you may need to move out on Saturday night (after dinner) and anchor outside of the Harbour. Alternatively sail back to UK overnight.

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