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Sand-yachting
along the beaches of the Côte d'Opale

What is sand-yachting?
Getting started


The wide flat sandy beaches are great for various kinds of sand-yachting

You can do it sitting down
(called "char à voile")....


...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 Mer

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 conditions.

Several centres offer lessons and hire the equipment. Most take groups as well as individuals.
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Getting started
There are different sorts of sand-yachting. With "Char à voile"
(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.
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Where to hire, get lessons & find facilities

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Berck area:
AGORA, Front de Mer, Esplanade Parmentier, BP9 62601 BERCK-SUR-MER.
Tel: 00 33 3 21 89 87 00 - Fax: 00 33 3 21 89 87 13
Email: agora.berck@wanadoo.fr
Website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/agora.berck/

Boulogne area:
Base de
Tel: 00 33 3 2

Hardelot area:
Base de
Tel: 00 33 3 2

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Background information
KID stations - children's facilities
Sports & outdoor leisure facilities
Seaside holidays
Sandyachting - other facilities in Dunes of Flanders
Sailing

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