Avel Char

Avel Char, Hirel: Hours, Address, Avel Char Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 - 19:00
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10:00 - 19:00
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10:00 - 19:00
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10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 19:00
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10:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
About
AVEL, center of sand yachting on the coasts of Brittany, in bay of Mont St Michel, on the strand of HIREL. AVEL proposes to make you discover the pleasures of the sand yachting in the bay of Mont St Michel, on the town of Hirel, 15 min from St Malo. This outdoor activity can give you strong sensations as soon as you start it. The way how to drive a sand yacht can be acquired very quickly, and will develop the desire to discover the whole strand of Hirel, its fauna and its flora. This activity is well suited for both novice and experienced audiences in the sailing world, adults and children (8 years old) in single-seater. For the youngest, two-seaters are also available. The practice of sand yachting is a fun sport, pleasant to practice with family and friends. We are open every day, from 10 am to 7 pm, on reservation. Aurelien FAVRON and Johann FAVE, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports, will be glad to welcome you to AVEL, and make you discover their passion.
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jab789
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Great day out!
Mar 2021 • Friends
It was our first time Sand Yachting - and am sure it won't be our last. The whole experience, from start to finish, was excellent. The team were extremely professional and took time to explain to the beginners what was expected of us - in French and English - so that was very much appreciated. All the equipment was on hand, in good condition and plentiful. We would not hesitate to recommend this activity - it's great fun, and for all ages. Try it!
Written 9 April 2021
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B-Team4
Liberty Township, OH26 contributions
Such Fun!
Oct 2019
We visited Mont Saint Michele in the morning and wanted to do something more active in the afternoon with the kids (ages 7, 10, 13). This was a GREAT option. It was just about 30 minutes away and a load of fun.

We were there during October holiday time, and it was busy. We booked a couple days ahead, and I'm glad we did. I also recommend having waterproof gear, especially if the weather is chilly. We brought most of ours, but my oldest son rented a pair of rain trousers for just 2 Euros. We were all covered with sand and water when we were done. Also, it was quite windy, so the waterproof gear helped break the wind. We really weren't cold when we were sailing.

The activity does take some upper body strength to pull the sails, but it is manageable, even my youngest child could do it without my help for short periods of time. The harder you pull, the faster you go. The younger 2 kids rode with myself and my husband in double-seaters. This was a great option because an hour would have been a long time for them to pull sails by themselves and figure out steering at the same time. Not all of the sand yachting companies allow for the younger kids to sail, so I was glad to find this one that encouraged family sailing.

They had 1 employee on staff who spoke great English and was so helpful with teaching us how to do it. We were on our sand yachts withing 5 minutes and sailing around the course.

The only thing I would have changed, it would have been nice to have a bigger course. They did have to shorten it mid-way through our session, but this was for safety reasons. The sand wasn't packed down enough and some people kept getting stuck. So it really isn't to any fault of the company. They were looking out for everyone's safety.

Great time, highly recommend for a little adventure!
Written 13 November 2019
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Long_John_Eddie
2 contributions
We had a lot of fun
Aug 2019 • Family
My son (12 years) and I enjoyed the course. After one hour we would have loved to prolongate the event. But we have booked before only 1 hour.
Written 11 September 2019
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Charles L
Madrid, Spain46 contributions
Fun activity and friendly staff
Aug 2019
It was our (family with teens) first time land sailing. It was fun, great value and easy enough to enjoy right from the start. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Written 4 September 2019
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Mio M
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Great fun in the wind.
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great experience.
Trak is larger than the one in St. Malo allowing for more speed and fun.
:-)
Great service
Thank you very much!
Written 16 July 2019
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BywaterLn
West Palm Beach, FL2 contributions
laughter is multilingual
Jun 2019 • Family
The whole family loved it! We raced against each other and then others in group joined in. It didn't matter what language you spoke or your age, just whether you could trim the sails. Lots of laughs in an amazing setting.
Written 3 July 2019
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sa32de2016
Portland, ME14 contributions
Most fun in the wind, ever
Jun 2019 • Couples
Had a great time even with kinda poor wind conditions ( no North wind) Guys were fun and seemed to care that we had a good time. English instruction is sparse, but they were right there to help and we got it pretty quick
Written 17 June 2019
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jovanm27
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
Fantastic fun
Mar 2019 • Couples
Very simple but extremely fun activity, you have a three-wheeled sailing boat, long strech of sandy beach, few witches hats to mark the course, brief introduction / instruction and off you go. One piece of advise - have googles or sunglasses and do not enjoy it with mouth wide open, as sand and seawater are not very nice in your eyes of mouth.
Nicely organised and equipment in good condition.
Written 29 April 2019
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VicMar1066
Villedieu-les-Poeles, France40 contributions
A great introduction to sand yachting
Aug 2018 • Family
We chose a midweek trip and booked and paid on the Avel website which was very easy.The site is in the village of Hirel and is well signposted. There is a large car park on the beach with plenty of tables and chairs, where we had our picnic before our session began.Registration was straigtforward in French and English, with other languages shown. We collected our safety helmets and gloves and then had a very comprehensive group explanation on how the "chars" operate., again in two languages.The children soon found things relatively easy and with a light breeze were quickly enjoying themselves.An excellent hours fun.During the seesion, there were always three staff around the course to assist anyone stuck or with problems.We would certainly recommend it!Useful note... If you don't wish to picnic there is a creperie/restaurant about 50m away and also... clean public toilets a futher 50m.
Written 30 August 2018
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Matthew J
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Superb finale to our week in St Malo
Jul 2018 • Family
Having seem the land sailing earlier in the week, we booked it for our final activity of our holiday.

Loads of fun - far better than I thought it would be. You can either work the 'boat' hard and race other people, or sit back and cruise around the course.

Although the staff only spoke a little English, they were helpful, professional and did everything they could to help.
Written 27 July 2018
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