Resort Guide: La Tranche sur Mer, France, France

How the wind works

Generally the prevailing wind is boosted by a sea breeze particularly when it comes from the West through to North-west and this kicks up the wind by another force or two. Typically the sea breeze kicks in from about 3pm when a 10-12 mph wind becomes 16-18mph. Le Phare can be sailed in any onshore breeze from South-South-west through to North but it is best in a North-west. The sea breeze works on most sunny days from mid May through to at least the end of August. At La Tranche the same wind directions apply but it does suffer from an inshore wind shadow when there is any north in the wind.

Water State

Le Phare can offer pretty good wind driven waves which are created by a reef to the north of the launch area. To work well the wind needs to be in the West to North quadrant. La Tranche is generally a flat water or bump & jump location.


Instruction: Not at Le Phare but there is in La Tranche at the Ecole de Voile by the main beach. Five sessions cost approximately 100 euro.

Kit Hire: A t La Tranche there is good quality kit available. JP/Pryde from Nova Fun Exocet/North from Le Palmier and Fanatic/Severne from theWave school

Accommodation: Camping is the name of the game! Most campsites have very good facilities including swimming pools which are great for non windsurfers.One of the best is Baie d’Aunis 100 yards from the beach behind the Ecole de Voile in La Tranche.

If you can read French, this is a good but otherwise the Tourist Office speak English if you didn’t pay attention in French class. Tel. 02 51 30 33 96


There are numerous places to eat across a whole range of budgets. One of our favourites is Le Phare Ouest in the main street of La Tranche.


Eating out, street entertainers, a couple of nightclubs or just walking on the beach – something for everyone.

Bored of windsurfing?

Last summer I sailed eight days out of my two week holiday but I could have sailed more! When not on the water, cycling and swimming or visits toLa Rochelle and the Isle de Re are great days out.