The stunning backdrop of mountains, colourful villages and superb anchorages make the Cote D'Azur & Corsica an ideal getaway for a week or two.
The iconic 'French Riviera' - France at it's most glamorous. Situated on the south east cost of France facing the Mediterranean, visit St Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Monaco for the glamour and glitz. Equally explore small harbours and coves, all under the heady scent of pine. To the west, the national park islands of Porquerolles and Iles d'Hyeres offer safe anchorages and sandy beaches.
To the south, nestling in the Mediterranean is the beautiful island of Corsica. Emerald beaches, rocky coves and delightful villages and towns to explore.
The Mediterranean can be divided in two large zones. West of Toulon, northwest winds dominate throughout the year. The “Tramontane“ blows from the Pyrenees to Sète, and “the Mistral” blows down from Vallée du Rhône and may even reach as far as Corsica and Sardinia. Summer breezes that rarely exceed 15 to 20 knots from the south and southeast are most common during summer. The Mistral is responsible for the exceptionally sunny conditions in the region.East of Toulon, the Mistral's impact is moderate. South and southeast breezes off the sea and rarely more than 15 come up about noon, and then calms down in the evening.
Sea and Tides: A strong swell from the south, southwest builds west of Toulon, but is considerably weaker east of Toulon. Water temperatures in the summer are perfect for water sports of all kinds. Tides are less than 30 cm.
Winds: May to September generally light on East side and West side. Strong North West (Mistral – 2 or 3 days).
The prevailing persistent winds in this area of the Med are from a Northwest and Southeast direction. During April to October you will encounter thermal breezes in the afternoon. Winds are generally stronger in the gulfs and capes of the islands and anchorages are calm during the night. Water temperatures are between 18-29 degrees C. Wind Direction: In the summer months, May to September, winds are on average Force 3-5. During the winter months the weather is influenced by depressions coming from The Atlantic. Winds can increase to an average of Force 3-6 (can sometimes be stronger) and come from a Southwest and Northwest direction.
From the base in St. Mandrier sur Mer, Port Pin Rolland, on the western end of the Azure coast, you will experience awe-inspiring sailing along some of the earliest western trades routes. From Marseille to St. Tropez, the Iles d’Or (Hyeres) to the Calanques, there are resplendent beaches, majestic flora, and protected aquatic life. Port Pin Rolland is very much a working marina that offers everything for the yachtsman. Provisioning etc can be pre-arranged or there are large supermarkets close by.
3 bases to choose from!
Ajaccio - just 15 minutes from the airport. Also regular ferries to the South of France
Propriano - on the West coast of Corsica, served by either Ajaccio or Figari airports
Solenzara - located on the south-eastern side of Corsica, about 1.5 hours south of Bastia AIrport. Ferries from Marseille run to Porto Vecchio, about 38KM.
The south of France is easily accessible by all forms of transport. The nearest airport to Port Pin Rolland is Toulon, and not too distant is Marseille. Toulon has a railway station, buses or taxis can take you to the marina. Corsica has 2 international airports - Bastia and Ajaccio, both served by low cost airlines to various points across Europe. Figari Airport (in the south) has regular flights to the French mainland. Corsica is also well served by ferries from Nice & Marseille.
Are generally Saturday (especially during the busy August season). Outside of these times there is a degree of flexibility subject to availability.
As with the rest of Europe, it is mandatory that the skipper holds and ICC/RYA Day Skipper minimum, and of course previous experience of sailing/chartering similar sized yacts. Copies of certificatres will be asked for prior to your charter so that we may obtain the neccessary paperwork for the yacht.
Is the Euro €. Credit cards accepted widely.
Your charter will include local taxes. The south of France / Corsica is the playground of the rich and famous, so expect marina berthing to be quite expensive. We do recommend pre-booking berths where possible especially during July and August.