With its bright blue hull and its tall orange sails, l’Indomptable is one of the most photogenic boats you’ll ever see. When my father offered to sail it during our visit to Brittany, I thought it was a joke.
Sailing one of the most beautiful regions on one of the most beautiful boats…
Was I dreaming?
L’Indomptable is moored in Saint Goustan, a lovely port on the Auray river in the South of Brittany. I love the authenticity of Saint Goustan and it made it to my Best Of Brittany list. A short stroll along the quays feels like travelling back in time, with the cobbled lanes, the stone bridge, and the old looking half-timbered houses. I could easily picture my father childhood souvenirs. So boarding a vintage ship was a perfect addition to the picture.
The historic vessel was built in 1947 in Britanny to fish scallops. It was totally restored a few years ago and can now be hired to sail from Saint Goustan around the Gulf of Morbihan and Quiberon. With tons of islands around, it’s a splendid area where to navigate.
We all had a chance to manoeuvre the ship and raise the sails. It was a fantastic experience. If you’re a beginner, that’s not a problem. The skipper is on board to give you instructions and advice.
We were lucky with the wind: we could sail all the way to the ocean and back and never needed the motor. The cruise was delightful.
Up to 12 people can be on board and a day tour costs 600 euros. Visit indomptable.eu for more information.
Where is Saint Goustan (Auray)?
Saint Goustan is the port of Auray, located in the south of Brittany – the most western region of France. It’s easily accessible from Lorient and Vannes, which can both be reached by direct trains from Paris.
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Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.