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Media. Last updated 24th August 2000
The wide flat sandy beaches are great for various kinds of
You can do it sitting
(called "char à
...or standing up (called "speed-sailing").
Dunes and sandy beaches
line the coast for miles,
from Cap-Gris-Nez to Boulogne, and down to Berck-sur
What is sand yachting?
You're sitting on a bucket seat fixed to what looks like a
flimsy frame of lightweight poles, bowling along the sandy
seashore with hardly any sound - just the hum of the wheels,
and the distant lapping of the waves. You're too busy
hanging on to the rope that controls your sail to look
around you at the spectacularly flat coastline. This is your
first lesson in sand-yachting!
With miles of continuous flat sandy
beaches, and a coastline swept with bracing fresh winds from
off the Channel, you couldn't wish for better
Several centres offer lessons and hire
the equipment. Most take groups as well as individuals.
There are different sorts of sand-yachting. With "Char
(sail-carting) you are sitting
down in something like a sail-driven go-kart, so you have a
safely low centre of gravity. This is generally best for
beginners - it feels safer to be closer to the ground while
you're getting started!
Or you can try "speed-sailing"
which is like sail-boarding on wheels (with you standing up
on a small platform), and generally goes faster.