Proud of its Blue Flag guaranteeing the quality of the coastal waters, Le Havre offers a vast stretch of water that’s great for numerous activities such as dinghy sailing, sailboat cruising, canoeing, rowing, swimming and sea fishing.

The Alabaster Coast between Le Havre and Etretat offers a wide range of marine activities.

Poulie et cordage d'un bateau de la Transat Jacques Vabre
La Société des Régates du Havre

Nautical facilities: courses, mini-cruises and regattas

Le Havre’s nautical facilities, most of whose infrastructure is grouped together on the northern sector, near the beach and Tourist Office, ensure a quality of offers, services and equipment as well as a diversity of activities for all comers, whether beginners, competitors or people with disabilities: 

Régate de J80 au Havre
Régate de J80 au Havre

The Société des Régates du Havre (SRH), the oldest yacht club in continental Europe founded in 1838, is also the leading sailing club in France, with 2700 members. The restaurant Les régates, accessible to all, offers a superb view of the port in an elegant setting.

The Centre Nautique Paul Vatine (CNPV), the Club Sport Nautique et Plaisance du Havre (SNPH) and Trans Mer Le Havre all welcome you to practise sailing, take part in regattas, organise your seminars, etc.

Trans Mer Le Havre offers training courses as well as sailing cruises in Normandy, to Brittany and England.

In Etretat and Saint Jouin Bruneval, the Voiles et galets club offers various activities including “Jardin des mers” courses for children from 4 years old as well as paddleboard, windsurf and kayak rentals to get as close as possible to the cliffs and the Aiguille Creuse.

The Point Plage, in season, in Le Havre organises the rental of stand-up paddle boards, single, double and triple canoes and sailing trips at sea on board cruising yachts.

Un homme dispose des canoë devant le Point Plage

Sea trips

As part of the national Balades et randos nautiques label, the clubs of Le Havre and Etretat offer sailing and paddle boat trips, supervised by qualified, passionate professionals. Accessible to all, these trips are a great opportunity to experience new sensations while discovering the local natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage.

In Le Havre, Vedettes Baie de Seine offers sea trips to discover the commercial port or the cliffs of Etretat, crossings of the Seine estuary to Trouville or fishing trips.

Aboard a powerful semi-rigid boat, starting from Fécamp, Mer pour tous takes you to discover the cliffs of the Alabaster and Etretat coasts.

Le bateau Ville du Havre 2 emmène ses passagers visiter le port du Havre

Le Havre marina

Le Havre marina is one of the only deep-water marinas in France, accessible 24 hours a day, in all weathers, without tidal constraints. The port also benefits from a fuel station on the pontoon, several lifting devices including a freely accessible jib crane and 2 slipways.

These connected tools make it one of the most modern ports in Europe: fibre optics on the pontoons, video protection system, 24-hour access point, online customer service…

Sortie en bateau sous le soleil
Le port de plaisance avec vue sur l'église Saint-Joseph

Located a few steps from the beach and the Muma, the main port has 1200 berths. In the town centre, close to the station, the Bains des Docks and the Docks Vauban shopping centre, Port Vauban has 200 moorings accessible at a rate 40% lower than that of the main port.

Visits to the main port are organised in season, as part of the visits of the Tourist Office.

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