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#SUPSliding sessionin the heart of the havre de la Vanlée

Ride a standup paddle in the heart of Havre de la Vanlée to the rhythm of the high tides

Marvel at this unique natural space during spring tides, paddling with Cédric from the École de Voile de Bréhal.

With Cédric

Bréhal Sailing School


Contact

Bréhal Sailing School
02 33 61 78 03
info@myevb.fr
Online booking on the EVB website!

Rates

35€ for a 2-hour supervised session. From age 14. Kayak available if instructor available.

Duration

2h approx.

Location

Bréhal Sailing School
Avenue Dr de la Bellière
Saint-Martin-de-Bréhal
50290 Bréhal

Practical info

EVB provides wetsuits, life jackets and supports. Bring a swimsuit, towel, windbreaker and waterproof shoes in case of wind or cool temperatures.

Throw yourself

with water

The high tides are back! It’s time to make an appointment at theÉcole de Voile de Bréhal, located in Saint-Martin-de-Bréhal, where you’ll meet Cédric, the structure’s manager and sailing instructor.

If you’ve never done a stand-up paddle (SUP) before, and your balance sometimes fails you, you might think this isn’t the sport for you. But think again! Once you’re out on the water, the beauty of the landscape will make you forget your fears for good.

Take control

Stand Up Paddle

But before you can take full advantage of these sensations, you’ll need to suit up in a neoprene wetsuit and lifejacket, and follow Cédric to the embarkation point, a stone’s throw from an oyster farm in full swing during this period of high tides. You cross the Havre de la Vanlée submersible road, still in the water. But not for much longer…

You then arrive at Les Salines, in Bricqueville-sur-Mer, where you help Cedric unload paddles and paddles, then listen carefully to the safety instructions and the route.

After finding out your paddle level, Cédric explains how to place it on the water, how to position yourself on it, adjust the height of the paddles and so on. Then it’s up to you! You start out close to the shore, on your knees to get used to the feeling of gliding, but with a weak current and little wind, you dare to stand up and, above all, look at the horizon!

Evolve in a

Havre de Paix

Le Havre de la Vanlée was formed over time by the action of the sea and the small river La Vanlée. A protected site since 1993, the sea invades this estuary at every tide, cutting it into numerous channels winding through sandbanks and grasslands. These are then covered by the rising tide, as is the submersible road!

Guided by Cédric, you approach the submersible road, which has just been covered by the tide, and try your hand at this slightly rougher area. You can also take a route closer to the submerged grasslands, but risk running aground on them if you come too close.

You then let yourself be carried along by the current, the sea foam on the surface showing you its evolution, and enjoy the sublime view of this area rich in preserved flora and fauna. One thing strikes you: the silence… Only your voice echoes as you burst out laughing at a fall!

The current begins to ease and thefoam slows. You continue to enjoy the sensation of gliding along, admiring the scenery or trying to move slightly against the current.

If you’re within earshot, Cedric will give you a presentation on this natural area, its emblematic species such as the salt meadow sheep, which are withdrawn during the spring tides, and how they function…

A flock of birds is spotted in the distance: the Havre de la Vanlée is home to some 150 different bird species, a veritable ornithological reserve. Cédric will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about water-based activities, with the EVB offering a range of materials.

Between wonder and discussion, you move away from the group, as the ebb tide is just beginning, and Cedric motivates and directs you up the Havre towards the submersible route. That’s it, the foam is rolling back again. You then head back towards the shore, back to the starting point.

Once on dry land, you put the paddles back in place and set off again, conquered by the scenery and relaxed by the activity provided.

Important information: the EVB reserves the right to cancel the outing or to use another support if weather conditions are not suitable for safe stand-up paddling.

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