They start early and hurl themselves into the water not soon after learning to walk. It’s commonly known that the children of the Etang de Thau region learn to sail early. A good local sailing course, put on by the Glénans School, helps of course. But the call of the sea itself, and the tradition of sailing handed down from grandfather to father to sons and daughters, makes sailing almost inevitable.
The town councils of Marseillan, Mèze, Bouzigues, Cap d’Agde and Sète all offer their own sailing courses, following local traditions. Many who attend them end up working in the tourist industry, sharing their love of sailing with visitors from around the world.
The local organisation ‘Atout vents’ offers sailing outings to anyone interested. It’s the perfect way to get on the water and experience the joy of sailing for the first time – to grab the wheel and for a moment at least become ‘captain of the ship’.
La Baraquette’s Nautical Club will be working closely with all of the area’s sailing clubs and sailors. With its own fleet of boats, the Club will be offering the chance to go on sailing cruises of the Etang and Mediterranean as well as allowing residents the chance to skipper their own vessels – and explore the waters around La Baraquette for themselves.
The Glénans school and others like it, along with local sailing associations and the La Baraquette resort, will form a powerful grouping that aims to promote sailing throughout the region. They hope to set up sailing outings towards the Camargue, the Hyène Islands, and further afield to the Balearics and the coast off Barcelona. With 7-8 force winds, cruises to all these places should be very possible. At La Baraquette’s new Nautical Club, the captains of this new sailing fleet will be sailing off to new horizons.
The Club will be offering sailing courses at many levels, whether it be for children taking to the waters for the first time, or hardened sailors looking to learn new skills. The waters of the lagoon are very calm, making it the idea spot to learn. For second home owners at La Barauette, the Club looks set to connect them with the sailing traditions of this part of the Mediterranean.
But sailing isn’t all. Also at the Club, small catamarans and windsurfers will be on hand for those looking to zip about across the smooth waters of the Etang.