Sailing on the Côte d’Azur

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The French Riviera from the sea 

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Weekly sailing from Villefranche-sur-Mer

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In the classic Arabic language, ‘Musherika’ means « to share ».  It is also the name of the sailboat.

The philosophy behind Musherika and its community ‘Amicale Denis’ is to provide a safe and friendly environment where sailors of all abilities and experience can practice the art and science of sailing while sharing unforgettable moments on the stunning coastline of the Cote d’Azur.

We cultivate a genuine spirit of conviviality on board as we work together as a crew. Teams vary in size – anywhere between three to ten people on the boat for every sailing trip. The languages spoken on board are English and French, and the community is global.

We hope to see you on board soon!

Meet ‘Muskerika’

Musherika is an 11.66m sailboat manufactured by Beneteau.

Musherika is an extremely well-equipped and maintained sailboat which boasts three comfortable two-person cabins, a bathroom with shower, and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, cooker and hot running water. The instruments are modern and include radio, GPS, digital course and wind readouts, and automatic pilot.

With an interior famously designed by Philippe Starck, Musherika is not your average yacht and offers a comfortable, exciting and safe sailing experience, whether you’re an experienced sailor or a newbie.

It is capable of speeds of upwards 13 Kt in moderate winds and capable hands.
Musherika has recently been completely refurbished and can be seen proudly gleaming in the beautiful bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Meet Denis: our Skipper

Captain Denis Hernandez: Denis first became passionate about sailing at the age of 11. The sea has always fascinated Denis, and embracing the elements is extremely important to him.

As young as thirteen, Denis became an international sailing champion and continued to compete for many years to come.  Denis furthered his academic education at the University of Nice, Lille and Paris and gained a masters degree in Pedagogy, Psychology, and Management.

Denis was destined to continue sailing and became an International Skipper. As a certified instructor, he is qualified to teach all water sports, as well as running courses for those who wish to earn their own boat license.

Denis is a qualified member of the RYA (Royal Yacht Association).

Our community

« L’Amicale Denis’ is a community of sailing enthusiasts based in Cote d’Azur, who meet weekly for sailing excursions and social events. Our values are sharing, friendship and conviviality. Everyone is welcome both on board and at the Happy Hour drinks which take place at the end of every Sunday, in Villefranche.

Whilst it is perfectly possible to go sailing on an occasional basis, the best and most cost effective way to learn sailing is to sail regularly. This is possible through an annual membership. Please see Denis for details.

In addition to sailing trips we’re also able to accommodate catered sailing events, as well as incentive, motivational and leadership programs.

Where we sail

We depart from the bay of Villefranche-surmer, located between Nice and Monaco and easily accessible by both train, bus or private transport, 0

We’ll motor out until we clear all the boats. A few minutes later we’ll hoist the main sail and jib, and set a southerly course away from the main shore. We’ll typically sail for two hours, before turning back towards the mainland, and drop the anchor close to a spectacular local spot, including  Paloma Beach, Plage Passable and Beaulieu-surmer.

Afternoon outings also leave from Villefranche-surmer but tend to have a westerly itinerary towards Nice in order to take advantage of the evening Mistral wind.

What you’ll see

There are arguably few places in the world as spectacular, lush and diverse as the Cote d’Azur. Viewed from the sea, the French Riviera coastline features an eclectic mix of ancient mediaeval castles and historical forts, unique local architectural styles and the stunning mansions of the super-rich.

Whilst sailing we encounter a huge variety of sailing vessels, from powerboats and fellow sailboats to the superyachts and cruise liners which are a feature of the Cote d’Azur.

Interesting sights along the way include Jaques Cousteau’s old observatory, The Rolling Stones party house, James Bond’s power boat hiding place, the Martini family mansion and the world-heritage Villa Kerylos.

When and where?

Sundays AT 10 am and 3 pm . Mondays AT 6 pm . VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER

By Train: 15 minutes from Nice Gare | By Bus from Nice or Monaco:  100  Octroi stop

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Restaurant Espalmador

Musherika Docking