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French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

The Pacific Crossing Guide

SAILING FILMS - Caribbean, Panama & South Pacific

For my sailing books and French canal guides please go to

  gentlesailing.com

                  

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation

French Fluviacarte Canal Charts

Central Marbella holiday flat to rent

Set in the heart of the centre of Marbella, this modern and sophisticated newly refurbished, two bedroom flat is three minutes walk from the beach and five minutes from the marina.

more here

 

 

Sailing

 

 

  

Directing

 

                                           

 Child Actor  

 

 if you are thinking of going off to

 'live the dream..'

 

Our wonderful 2015 Cruise

Summer cruise to Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Tunisia and back via Balearics to Gibraltar - here

 

The sailing page also has links to items including:-

Pirates

I was boarded and robbed in the Gulf of Aden 

Red Sea  

NOTES: I hope helpful for transiting this area.

Attacked  

is the story of the boarding by pirates in the Gulf of Aden -

The Panama Canal 

pages have full details of costs, transit, documentation

 Atlantic  

is my personal log of my first Atlantic crossing.  

Medical 

equipment and drugs

 I carry on ocean voyages.

 

Coconut Milk Run

 

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

Why not take your boat to the Med next summer?

 a guide to the nicer places and a suggested passage plan, from the South Coast of the UK to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

The Ebook version is available £5.00 here

 

UK to Med routes

Lists the possible routes via the French Canals or Portuguese coast. All UK to Med routes  in both directions

 

STRAIT SAILING TO GIBRALTAR

 The final hurdle is entering the Straits of Gibraltar and becoming a Mediterranean sailor.

How it all works - facilities and prices.

 

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

The routes from Gibraltar and the French Canals to the Mediterranean Islands.

 

some pictures of la Rochelle storm damage

 

Lightning

in the Chesapeake a Lightning strike which destroyed every electrical item in the boat

 

Atlantic

The personal log of my first Atlantic crossing.

 

freeware C-Map

 

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 (Balearic, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Malta, and Greek Islands)

  A guide on how to get to the main Mediterranean Islands from Gibraltar or the French Canals.

 

more information here

Canal 

Details of the various  canal  routes to and from the Mediterranean, sea or lorry options + shipping boats across the pond.

 

FRENCH CANAL ROUTES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

navicarte/FLUVIACARTE maps/charts

These are the only publications which provide coverage from the French Ports on the English Channel, all the way down to the Mediterranean and are in ENGLISH, French and German.

Available at French prices from here

 

ELOISE'S

 Diary

A Prout 33 Catamaran I purchased in Plymouth and took her home to La Rochelle via the Canals and rivers of France - stopping off in the Mediterranean on the way!

 

more here

UK to Med  routes.

gets you from the Med to the English channel and back.

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

More info HERE £2.00

CHAPTERS

  1. Mediterranean overview

  1. Entering the straits

  1. Bárbate

  1. Tarifa

  1. Gibraltar

  1. La Línea                    

  1. Algecerías

  1. Ceuta

  1. Smir          

  1. Duquesa

  1. Tangier

  2. Bringing your boat legally into Spain

The book contains tidal charts and strategy for making the final passage through the straights into the Mediterranean. Information on fuel and marina prices as well as haul out facilities and places to winter your boat. Beside port information for all the above it provides places of interest and reasons for visiting them.

Dozens of photos and illustrations.

LIVING ABOARD AROUND THE WORLD

By

Michael E Briant

For more information go to

Living Aboard Around the World

My Sailing Series is now available on DVD

BLUE WATER DESTINATIONS -

Available from

 http://www.bennettmarine.com

La Rochelle Guide Book

 

This excellent guide book is perfect for planning your visit to La Rochelle, booking hotels, site seeing or even thinking about living in this special West Atlantic French Town. All the information is up to date and written for the discriminating Francophile and those who just enjoy beautiful towns, superb eating and laid back café society and the sea!

 

A Brief History of La Rochelle, What to do in La Rochelle, Where to eat and drink, Historical site seeing around town, Modern site seeing in town, Site seeing out of town, Annual Events in La Rochelle, How to get to La Rochelle, Hotels, Restaurants, Port de Plaisance etc etc etc

 

 

you can buy it as an Ebook for £2.00 and print it out -

 CLICK HERE

Admiralty

 CHARTS

 Details of

freeware C-Map

here

Every chart that you buy in the UK contains a huge ‘copyright fee’ within its price.  When you buy a paper chart for £21.35 you are handing the Admiralty £15.28 simply for the ‘copyright’ element they claim to own. 

 

On every pack of electronic ‘chart plotter’ charts you buy for say £300, you are handing the Admiralty Charts nearly £200 for the copyright you already own.

 

In the USA, the government accepts that the original work done to create all their charts was all finished well over 50 years ago, and allows anybody to access charts, in either paper of electronic form, Free of Charge!

More here

If you want to learn a foreign language then do try https://www.duolingo.com. It is brilliant - better than Rosetta Stone and free - it is totally free - don't know why as it is so clever!

 

When the publishers Classic TV Press asked me to write these memoirs I was very flattered but somewhat unsure.

The title sums up the question I have been asking myself for years.

 

 The book is available from

here

More about it

here

 

 

When I was 23, 

I completed the BBC directors course and have been lucky enough to direct many productions on film and TV

Wonderful and original Dr Who BBC publicity pictures with my extended interview with Richard Latto of BBC Radio Solent.

here

Recently I have been invited to

Dr Who Conventions

both here and in the United States.

Quite an honour! - details here

FOR MORE DETAILS OF THE ROMANCE OF TELEVISION CLICK HERE

 Dr Who,  

Blake's 7,

  Tale of  2 Cities,  

Secret Army,  

 Blood Money,

  Onedin line,  

Warship, 

Treasure Island  

Kessler

Hideaway  

 One By One 

Tangier, Z cars, Dixon,

Howard's Way, Angels etc. etc. etc.... 

I spent some time directing

  Netherlands television



The Complete Secret Army .

“Thanks to ’Allo! ’Allo!, Secret Army - the best drama series ever made by the BBC - seems to have vanished from the public memory. Andy Priestner redresses this accident of history in a book written with all the enthusiasm, devotion and forensic insight that Secret Army deserves. You need to see Secret Army and you need to read this book.”
Gareth Roberts, Writer -Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures

www.classictvpress.co.uk.

 KESSLER.

 

SECRET ARMY

   

 available on DVD

Doctor Who: Cyberman Box Set

Doctor Who: Cyberman Box Set DVD

and other productions of mine from the Dr Who days are

ROBOTS OF DEATH

&

SEA DEVILS

THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES

TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 

 There are 'chartlets' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES

TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

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Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 (Balearic, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Malta, and Greek Islands)

  A guide on how to get to the main Mediterranean Islands from Gibraltar or the French Canals.

 

more information here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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who have been kind, helpful and understanding.

Started out as a 12 year old child 

at the

 

Italia Conti Stage School

in 

Archer Street

Piccadilly W1

(behind the

Windmill)

 

 Where the Rainbow Ends

 

 

Weekly rep at

Bromley

 and 

The Little Theatre

Great Yarmouth,

 

 Touring for Carl Clopet

 and Children's Theatre 

and

 lots of television and movies.

 A load of fun even  if I was  perhaps

 lacking in real talent.

------

 

La Rochelle on the west coast of France in the Bay of Biscay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking Point

for anybody who has a close relative or friend with this dreadful illness particularly if only recently diagnosed this

 forum has grown to become a ‘virtual support group’ for carers across the country, and has over 500 registered members. There is a special section  for people diagnosed themselves with memory problems or a dementia..

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

TalkingPoint/Discuss/

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navicarte/

FLUVIACARTE maps/charts

These are the only publications which provide coverage from the French Ports on the English Channel, all the way down to the Mediterranean and are in ENGLISH, French and German.

Available at French prices from here

How to buy and sell houses in France and understand the inheritance laws

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

here

 

 

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD INTO YOUR COMPUTER AND LATER PRINT OUT...

1) French Canal Routes

2) Living Aboard Around the World

3) The La Rochelle Guide Book

4) Build Your Own HOVERCRAFT

5) Build an American 16 ft Dory

6) Manuel for Handling TWIN SCREW boats

7) Build your own houseboat

 

I am pleased to say this web site is

http://www.host100.co.uk/

who have been kind, helpful and understanding.

Admiralty

 CHARTS

 

freeware C-Map

 

Every chart that you buy in the UK contains a huge ‘copyright fee’ within its price.  When you buy a paper chart for £21.35 you are handing the Admiralty £15.28 simply for the ‘copyright’ element they claim to own. 

 

On every pack of electronic ‘chart plotter’ charts you buy for say £300, you are handing the Admiralty Charts nearly £200 for the copyright you already own.

 

In the USA, the government accepts that the original work done to create all their charts was all finished well over 50 years ago, and allows anybody to access charts, in either paper of electronic form, Free of Charge!

More here

In Praise of Spain

If you are thinking of buying a property there or keeping your boat there then this section tells you the rules and regulations as they exist today.

Once you get away from the 'Costa's', which foreigners created, it really is a very beautiful country.

Northern Spain, Basque country, is amazing and a wonderful cruising ground and with Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea you can have the best of both worlds

If you become a resident there is a National Health System which is considered to be one of the best in Europe and a living standard which is both high and inexpensive.

The countryside and mountains are spectacularly beautiful.

 

HOWEVER

I have just been to the bank to pay a three thousand Euro fine to Malaga Cultural Department because the building works carried out for me by

RR Ronda Property Services  AKA Serrania Services

were totally illegal!.

Here

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Contents

1 – Planning the voyage

2 – South coast to Chenal du Four

3 - Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

4 - La Rochelle to Spain overview

5 - La Rochelle to Coruña

6 - Coruña to Gibraltar

 

Specially drawn charts of:

Cherbourg to L’Aber-Wrac’h.

Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

La Rochelle to Spain

La Rochelle to Coruña

Coruna to Gibraltar

illustrations, pictures, paintings

 

Why not take your boat to the Mediterranean next summer?

 

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

 There are several ways of getting your boat to the Mediterranean. On the back of a lorry, via the French canals, four or five day’s non stop across the Bay of Biscay then down the Portuguese coast or spend the summer or two, gently coasting southwards, enjoying the harbours, cities, towns and villages of France Spain and Portugal.

 

This is not a pilot book, rather a passage plan and guide to the nicer places between the South Coast of the UK to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.  It can all be done in easy stages, to suit a lightly crewed boat, with perhaps only a couple of people on board who are without ‘offshore’ experience.  Actually, it is a lovely way to explore a lot of delightful foreign places.

 More Here

 

The Ebook version is available now £5.00

  1. Mediterranean overview

  1. Entering the straits

  1. Bárbate

  1. Tarifa

  1. Gibraltar

  1. La Línea                     £2.00

  1. Algecerías

  1. Ceuta

  1. Smir          

  1. Duquesa

  1. Tangier

  2. Bringing your boat legally into Spain

STRAIT SAILING TO GIBRALTAR

 

The book contains tidal charts and strategy for making the final passage through the straights into the Mediterranean. Information on fuel and marina prices as well as haul out facilities and places to winter your boat. Beside port information for all the above it provides places of interest and reasons for visiting them.

Dozens of photos and illustrations.

More info HERE £2.00

Ronda is where I now live and is a beautiful town up in the mountains and about an hours drive from the sea. Wonderful place to be in.

Vejer de la Frontera is a white hill town near the entrance to the Straights of Gibraltar. Probably the most unspoilt of all the hill towns - white villages in Southern Spain

Boat Import tells you how to handle the importation of your boat legally into Spain and how to avoid paying the 12% matriculation tax.

Car Import tells you how to change the plates to Spanish registration, and if its a near new car how to avoid the 12% matriculation tax -

How to Register gives full details of how to 'clock into' the Spanish system if you are going to become a resident

Northern Spain is just that - a wonderful cruising area for yachties and far removed in every way from the 'Costa's'

Banking in Spain give some helpful info on what can be expensive and complicated.  With the current 'crises' it's quite a 'cash' society so you need easy and cheap transfers.

LIVING ABOARD AROUND THE WORLD

By

Michael E Briant

If you are thinking about going long distance cruising then this is the book for you!

CHAPTERS:

     1.     Which Boat and what equipment?

2.     The canal route to the sun.

3.     The sea route to the sun.

4.     Cruising the Mediterranean

5.     Crossing the Atlantic

6.     Cruising the Caribbean.

7.     Panama and Pan Pan

8.     The Canal and into the Pacific

9.     South Pacific Islands

10.   Tahiti to New Zealand

11.    Helicopter Rescue

12.   The Great Barrier Reef

13.    Pirate Attack

14.    Tragedy in the Red Sea.

15.    Homeward Bound

FRENCH CANAL ROUTES

TO

THE MEDITERRANEAN

Why not take your boat to the Mediterranean next summer?

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 (Balearic, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Malta, and Greek Islands)

  A guide on how to get to the main Mediterranean Islands from Gibraltar or the French Canals

 

 

Chapter one: Mediterranean Overview

Chapter two‘A’ From Gibraltar to the Balearics

Chapter threeB’ Fast route through the Balearic’s (but still nice)

Chapter four:‘C’ French Canals - Port St Louis & Séte to the Balearic Islands.

Chapter five:‘D’ Port St Louis to Corsica & Sardinia

Chapter six‘E’ Mahon to Sardinia and Scilly

Chapter seven:F’ Mahon to Scilly via Tunisia

Chapter eightG’ Sicily to Greek Islands

 

£3 here

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&

Blue Water Cruising

 

   

A selection of DVD's about far away places that can be reached by a cruising boat on a blue water passage... 

Available from  http://www.bennettmarine.com

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French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

The Pacific Crossing Guide

For my sailing books and French canal guides please go to

  gentlesailing.com

                  

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation

French Fluviacarte Canal Charts

 

When the publishers Classic TV Press asked me to write these memoirs I was very flattered but somewhat unsure.

The title sums up the question I have been asking myself for years.

 The book is available from  here

More about it

here