Sailing and high tide in Ile de Ré (group)

About the trip:

You will board in La Rochelle onboard an old ship to sail to Saint Martin de Ré where you will enjoy this delightful place from your hotel located on the harbor. The next day a catamaran will take you to the Lumberjack’s bench during the high tide. You will then be hunting for a variety of sea shells (razor blades, scallops) with Dany your guide leading you to the discovery of an impressive eco-system.


Schedule :

Day 1 :

  • Boarding the old ship in La Rochelle
  • Marine adventure in the sillways and lunch onboard Notre Dame des flots
  • Aventure marine dans les Pertuis et repas sur le Notre Dame des flots
  • Booking in you Hotel/SPA****
  • Authentic restaurant dinner by the harbor 

Navigation on board the Notre Dame and  the Kapalouest


As soon as you get off the train, you will feel the sweet living of La Rochelle and the ocean call. From now on your only means of transport will be two boats exclusively for you.

Comfortably installed on the deck with a drink and a few gourmet specialities, you will be travelling in the breathtaking scenery of the old harbor. After exchanging with ‘Dan’ your guide and Jean-Pierre the Captain, the boat will start and between la Tour Saint-Nicolas and la tour de la chaîne you will then find yourself a few centuries back.

Passed its outside walls, you will be sailing through sea spray heading towards the mythical “Lumberjack’s bench”.  Sailing fans will help with the maneuvres and curious ones will be able to exchange with our passionate “sea dogs” on fauna or sailing. The next day a catamaran will take you sailing through the Britanny spillway to take you to the beauty of the Lumbarjack’s bench.  If the winds allows, 131sq meter of sails will be spread for a unique sailing experience. The group will enjoy the journey protected by the wild fairing and the bimini sheltering the whole of the cockpit.

Shellfish search on "le banc du bucheron"(the Lumberjack's bench)

Exceptional location, « the Lumberjack's bench » is a short lived sand island which appears and disappears during high tides, thus offering to ground the boat on very high tides and to discover its wealth and curiosities. Indeed, an extraordinary wildlife is awaiting; Scallops, clams, razor shells, longnecks, smooth clams, white sea urchins, and many more are dwelling well settled in this little paradise.

This is the time to awake all your senses, while the tide inexorably keeps going away, the birds are the first to invade the place, fearless fishers leaving behind only their lunch's leftovers.  With the use of many give-aways left by these sand lodgers, we will learn how to trace them back and how to catch them with a maximum of respect for this serene and fragile unique eco-system.

Day 1 :

  • 11.00 Transfer by foot to the  Port de la Rochelle (10 minutes)
  • 11.30 Cocktail onbord the old ship
  • 12.30 Leaving for sailing and Initiation
  • 16.00 Arrival Saint Martin de Ré
  • 16.30 Booking into character  Hotel and free time
  • 20.30  Authentic restaurant dinner by the harbor


Day 2 :

  • 8.30 breakfast
  • 9.30 Leaving Saint Martin on board the Catamaran
  • 11.00 grounding on “The lumberjack’s bench”
  • 11.15 Guided introduction and first experience to foot fishing on the sand strip
  • 13.00 Shell fish tray served on “the bench”
  • 14.30 Initiation to and ride
  • 17.00 arriving at La Rochelle
  • Transfer to railway station or to airport

*Timetables are likely to change according to tide

The old sailing ship : Notre Dame des Flots :

Build in Gravelines in 1942 based on the blue prints of a herringer ship dating from 1910, the ketch Notre Dame des Flots was trawling and netfishing in the North Sea until 1974. Deemed inadequate when new fishing techniques appeared, she was disarmed and left to rot in a boat cemetery at the port of Dunkerque. In 1976, Pitchoune, Jean-Pierre and Philippe bailed her out and started restoring her themselves. This was the start of 7 years of passionate restoration work.

Since 1983, Notre Dame des Flots has been sailing constantly on all the seas of the world ! In 26 years of sailing, Jean-Pierre and Pitchoune have covered a distance of more than 300000 sea miles.

For further information on Notre Dame des Flots :

Lodgings : Le Clos Saint Martin

Le Clos Saint-Martin Hotel**** & Spa is located in a tree-planted park and offers quality services, a smiling welcome in a chic and easy going environment. In the heart of Ile de Ré, a few steps from the harbor and its antic walls, the hotel is at the image of the island.  You will appreciate calm and serenity of the place. In this authentic dwelling you will find luxury comfort. To learn more..

The catamaran : Kapalouest

KAPALOUEST is a 16 meter long by 9 meter wide catamaran with a 35sq m pleasant and comfortable cabin. With a wide trampoline (30sq m) and a substantial sail surface (131sq m): this is a true sailing experience  that you will be sharing during a few hours. To learn more:

Guidance :

All along the way a connexion-nature contact will be there to look after the successful convening of the journey.

Equipment :

  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof windbreaker
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Bathing outfit or  pair of shorts for the bench
  • Sun glasses


Climate :

The Charantes islands and the Charante-Maritime coastline are defined by a particularly mild climate in the winter and cooling in the summer, due to ocean influence constantly changing. The islands of Ré and Oléron are surrounding the Antioch spillway, creating a real inner sea, “a small Mediterrannée” easily warmed up by the Gulf Stream and allowing very good weather conditions where thermic changes remain quite mild.

How to get there :

By car

  • Paris 467 km
  • Nantes : 146 km
  • Bordeaux : 180 km
  • Toulouse : 400 km


By TGV fast train

  • Paris-La Rochelle : 3h


By air :

La Rochelle airport/ Ile de Ré

Dates :

Upon request

Prices *:

On estimate

*Price includes:

  • Kapalouest rental (including its Captain and mate)
  • 1 welcome cocktail / local specialties and service
  • Restaurant authentic dinner
  • 1 hotel ****room per person
  • 1 sea food tray incl. service
  • 1 guide nature
  • Transfers from la Rochelle
  • Guiding
  • Connexion Nature financial guarantee


*Not included in the price

  • transport to la Rochelle (unless requested)
  • Alcoolic beverages and sodas outside meals
  • Excursions, visits and optional activities
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Individual travel insurance


Warning :

The organization have the right to change the boat trips by a bus trip if the weather does  not allow optimum security conditions.  The Lumberjack’s bench trip will then be replaced by an initiation to foot fishing in a road accessible place.  

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Sailing and high tide in Ile de Ré (group)
Sailing and high tide in Ile de Ré (group)

After beaching your craft you will hunt for a variety of sea shells (razor blades, scallops) with your guide leading you to the discovery of an impressive eco-system.

Sailing and high tide in Ile de Ré (group)

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  • Audience : Group
  • Duration : 2 days / 1 night
  • Place : La Rochelle / Ile de Ré
  • Maximum number : 27 persons
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Dany Patrier
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Very keen on marine ecology, he takes people to discover the intertidal zone and the sea wealth and also offers boat outings.
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