Upon arrival to the ship you’ll be introduced to your shipmates, and then we’ll all have lunch. After that, you’ll learn about the details of life on board, the basics of marine safety and an introduction of the personal development program. That same evening, we’ll sail down the river with the high tide, waving to the people along the way. Then we’ll set course to the north and spend 3 or 4 full days crossing the Bay of Biscay.
If the wind is good and we sail fast, we’ll choose an island near the French coast where we can anchor, and either go for a swim or visit the island.
We’ll enter the Morbihan Gulf in the morning of the 26th, so we’ll have one entire evening to explore the area and have a last dinner together before disembarkation the day after.
If you wish, you may stay on Atyla for the duration of the festival, and have time to explore the ports that participate in the festival while you have your home aboard in the middle of the event. As a participant/passenger on this trip, you have a discounted price. (Call for details).
Bilbao is a major seaport of Spain, with a climate ranging from 9-21 degrees Celsius. The city has recently undergone major urban renewal, in order to move away from the region’s industrial history and instead focus on tourism and services.
As well as the famous Guggenheim Museum, the city acts as home for the Fine Arts Museum recognised as one of Spain’s finest art museums and recently refurbished and the Maritime Museum on the Nervión’s banks. In addition, eight new hotels have recently opened their doors.
Bay of Biscay
The Bay of Biscay is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean located south of the Celtic Sea. It lies along the western coast of France from Brest south to the Spanish border, and the northern coast of Spain west to Cape Ortegal, and is named in English after the province of Biscay, in the Spanish Basque Country.
Parts of the continental shelf extend far into the bay, resulting in fairly shallow water in many areas and thus cause the rough seas for which the region is known. The Bay of Biscay is home to some of the Atlantic Ocean's fiercest weather. Large storms occur in the bay, especially during the winter months. Up until recent years it was a regular occurrence for merchant vessels to founder in Biscay storms, and many lives were lost.
Golfe du Morbihan
The Gulf of Morbihan is a natural harbor on the coast of the region of Morbihan in the south of Brittany, France. This area is commonly referred to as "the little sea" and has roughly 40 islands- some which disappear at high tide.
The presence of many megaliths is testament to the fact that this region has been occupied by man for more than 5000 years.
Vannes is a walled town in Brittany, a region of northwest France. Its old town has narrow cobbled streets and medieval gates. In the center of town, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Vannes blends Romanesque and Gothic styles, while Place des Lices square is lined with colorful half-timber houses. The harbor features restaurants and boats that cruise the Gulf of Morbihan.