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How to transit the FRENCH CANALS to the Med-            Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

at SailingGently

My Youtube Channel

 

Boulogne sur mer - my home town and port

 

MY BLOG

Directing

&

Acting

 Directing

 Onedin Line

 

Acting

'Paul' in '

True as a Turtle' aged 13

 

When I was 23 having been at the BBC for three years I completed the BBC directors course and have been lucky enough to direct many productions on film and TV

FOR MORE DETAILS OF THE TELEVISION SHOWS I DIRECTED

a long time ago:

CLICK HERE

 Dr Who,  

Colony in Space

 

Revenge of the Cybermen

 

Robots of Death

 

Death to the Daleks

 

The Sea Devils

Blake's 7,

I directed the first episode: 

THE WAY BACK

 THE WEB,  

PROJECT AVALON

DELIVERANCE

 

  A Tale of  two 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

In Amsterdam for

  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.

 

 

SECRET ARMY

 

   

 

 available on DVD

Doctor Who: Cyberman Box Set

Doctor Who: Cyberman Box Set DVD

ROBOTS OF DEATH

&

 

---------------------------------------------

CHILD ACTOR

I started out my career in show business 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.

 

Dr Who,  

 

FRENCH CANALS INFORMATION PAGES

 

French Canals

 

Canal du Midi

 

Rhone River parking places

 

The Brittany Canal

 

Scenic Route log

 

A Canals trip

 

UK to Med Canal log

 

UK to Med Routes

 

North to South by Sea

 

North to South Canal du Midi

 

North to South via Le Havre Paris or Calais or St Valerie

 

North to South via Atlantic Coast

 

South to North via Azores

 

South to North via Canal du Midi

 

South to North via Paris & Le Havre

 

The Lorry Option

 

 French canal maps/charts

 

2015 Mediterranean cruise

 

UK to Med routes

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

 

SPANISH BOAT IMPORT LAW

 

SPAIN SAILING

FACILITIES I HAVE FOUND USEFUL IN SPAIN,  MAINLY THE COSTA DEL SOL, and GIBRALTAR

 

Red Sea

Waypoints and anchorages up the Red Sea together with routing details and information on ports. 

 

Watch Keeping

Assortment of different methods of  Watch Keeping depending on the crew and time/distance involved.

 

TO  THE SUN

The sea route to the sun from Britain.

 

My Biscay Log Book

 

Lightning

In the Chesapeake a Lightning strike which destroyed every electrical item in the boat - $47000 !

 

Lorry option

All the major French and British hauliers who specialise in trucking boats with their Web sites for fast quotes.

 

BOAT IMPORT & CE PLATES

 The prices of boats in the USA appear to be at least one third to a half cheaper than those in the UK. This is particularly true of motorboats but many sailing yachts are bigger, better and much, much cheaper than anything you can buy in the UK or other parts of Europe.

 

The boat Book Shop

 

Gibraltar

Details of all the marina and boating facilities as well as how duty free works, local boatyards to haul, chandlery shops.

 

 

 

French 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

Over 2700 copies sold.... This book has become the standard work for transiting the French canals to the Mediterranean and back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

 

More sailing books at:

 

  gentlesailing.com

 

 

French 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

Over 2700 copies sold.... This book has become the standard work for transiting the French canals to the Mediterranean and back

 

IMPORTING YOUR NON SPANISH VEHICLE

 

FRENCH CANALS INFORMATION PAGES

 

French Canals

 

Canal du Midi

 

Rhone River parking places

 

The Brittany Canal

 

Scenic Route log

 

A Canals trip

 

UK to Med Canal log

 

UK to Med Routes

 

North to South by Sea

 

North to South Canal du Midi

 

North to South via Le Havre Paris or Calais or St Valerie

 

North to South via Atlantic Coast

 

South to North via Azores

 

South to North via Canal du Midi

 

South to North via Paris & Le Havre

 

The Lorry Option

 

 French canal maps/charts

 

2015 Mediterranean cruise

 

UK to Med routes

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

 

SPANISH BOAT IMPORT LAW

 

 

 

SPAIN SAILING

FACILITIES I HAVE FOUND USEFUL IN SPAIN,  MAINLY THE COSTA DEL SOL, and GIBRALTAR

 

 

 

Red Sea

Waypoints and anchorages up the Red Sea together with routing details and information on ports. 

 

Watch Keeping

Assortment of different methods of  Watch Keeping depending on the crew and time/distance involved.

 

TO  THE SUN

The sea route to the sun from Britain.

 

My Biscay Log Book

 

Lightning

In the Chesapeake a Lightning strike which destroyed every electrical item in the boat - $47000 !

 

Lorry option

All the major French and British hauliers who specialise in trucking boats with their Web sites for fast quotes.

 

BOAT IMPORT & CE PLATES

 The prices of boats in the USA appear to be at least one third to a half cheaper than those in the UK. This is particularly true of motorboats but many sailing yachts are bigger, better and much, much cheaper than anything you can buy in the UK or other parts of Europe.

 

The boat Book Shop

 

Gibraltar

Details of all the marina and boating facilities as well as how duty free works, local boatyards to haul, chandlery shops.

 

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.

 

 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

 

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

Download now from

http://www.gentlesailing.com/

The sales of this book almost equal that of French Canal Routes.

The best guide - pilot book -  of this sometimes challenging available.

 

 

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

 

 

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

 

 

CRUISING SOUTHERN SPAIN AND THE COSTA DEL SOL

 

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 

 

The Pacific Crossing Guide

 

 

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

 

 

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

 

 

 

Living Aboard Around the World

 

Easy Navigation

 

 

FRENCH CANAL ROUTES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

 

Over 2700 copies sold....

This book has become the standard work for transiting the French canals to the Mediterranean and back

£10

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

 

 

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.

 

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

Over 1600 copes of this book have been sold making it one of the most widely used publications for this route

£10

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

 

 

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

 

 

Our wonderful 2015 Cruise

Summer cruise to

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

in

Paw Paw of London

 

CRUISING SOUTHERN SPAIN AND THE COSTA DEL SOL

 

Replaces the need to buy all the expensive pilot books of Southern Spain and France

 

 

From the Straits of Gibraltar and from the end of the French canals all the ports, marinas and places to visit.

If you are new to the Western Mediterranean this book is an indispensable guide and pilot book. 

  more here

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NO   £4

 

If you are thinking of going off to

 

 'live the dream..'

LIVING ABOARD AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

By

Michael E Briant

For more information go to

Living Aboard Around the World

£5

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

 

 Sailing page

 

also has

 

links

 

to items including:-

 

 

 Atlantic  

is my personal log of my first Atlantic crossing.  

 

Medical 

 

 I carry on ocean voyages.

 

Coconut Milk Run

across the Pacific Ocean

 

South Pacific Marquesa and Toamotu Islands

25 minutes

A Scout's Guide to Boating Knots

worth a visit

https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots

 

The Caribbean

is probably the biggest and best cruising ground in the world. Wonderful climate, beautiful islands, nice people and for the most part very inexpensive. With predictable weather and such good sailing winds it  makes the Mediterranean look like a very poor relation. 

 

How to get there - how to get home- details of all the Island groups and anchorages.  Pictures and chart details together with descriptions of the islands.

Pictures, charts, distances, links to marina's and faculties, weather and places to visit and what to see.......

 

 There are two versions the first is for boats coming from Europe and the second is an American Version for boats heading south through the Bahamas & Turks and Caicos.

To download this ebook visit

Gentlesailing . Caribbean Islands

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

Pictures of la Rochelle storm damage

 

Buying and Selling in France

'The Compromis

How French Estate agents work
Diagnostic Immobilier.
Notaire and Inheritance Law.
Capital Gains Tax
Communaute Universal or Entre Epouse.
En Tontine
SCI
Death duties

  This 11 page booklet takes you through the entire process step by step and warns of the various financial and legal implications in the buying (or selling) process.

Rather than lots of internet searches all the information you need is here for £2.50  more here

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

£2.50

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Lightning

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

 

Atlantic

The personal log of my first Atlantic crossing.

 

 

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.

 

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

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

 

For my sailing books and French canal guides please go to

  gentlesailing.com

 

 

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Over 2700 copies sold....

This book has become the standard work for transiting the French canals to the Mediterranean and back

Download now from

http://www.gentlesailing.com/

or

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

£10

 

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.

 

 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

 

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

Download now from

http://www.gentlesailing.com/

Over 1600 copies of this book have been sold

'The best guide - pilot book of this sometimes challenging route available''

or

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

£10

LIVING ABOARD AROUND THE WORLD

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

CHAPTERS:

      1Which 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 Seaall sailors 

15        15 Homeward Bound 

buy here - gentlesailing.com

 

or

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NO

 

£5

South Pacific Marquesa and Toamotu Islands

 

25 minutes

 

PANAMA CANAL

Has full transit details, costs and copies of the official documentation.

 

Coconut Milk Run

(Trade winds route of the South Pacific from Panama)

 

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

 

FIRST TIME WITH VHF

MICHAEL BRIANT

steers into trouble .

Published in

Practical Boat Owner 

 

freeware C-Map

AIS

my experience of fitting it.

 

Victual

The details and grocery list to Victual a boat for an ocean passage of 2 to 3 weeks. How I make the list and the vital items

 

Atlantic

The personal log of my first Atlantic crossing. My concerns, fears, conversations with Herb and much more.

 

Medical

This is not a list of plasters and aspirin! It contains details of the 

Medical

drugs & equipment for ocean passages

 

Helicopter Rescue.

An unexpectedly exciting adventure off the West Australian coast at

 

 

 

LADY MUSGRAVES ISLAND

Shot from the deck of Bambola in Lady Musgrave just off the coast of Australia near Brisbane

 

SAILING VIDEOS here

 

ATTACKED BY PIRATES

&

ROBBED

 

 

A Scout's Guide to Boating Knots

worth a visit

https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots

 

PORTS ON THE WEST COAST OF FRANCE

A PERSONAL VIEW OF THE PORTS AND HARBOURS I HAVE  VISITED ON THIS COAST

Crewing

  the boat can sometimes be a problem. This is how I solved it.  This page may also be helpful to people wanting to crew

 

If you want to know more about

Sailing info la Rochelle

 

La Rochelle/Les Minimes facilities

 

 

WEST COAST FRANCE

 

If you are planning on heading further south next season, you might want to look at this page

which lists some of the marinas and ports we have recently visited.

 

 

 

LA ROCHELLE STORM DAMAGE

Horror pictures

1ST MARCH 2010 HERE

 

Panama Canal Transit in a small boat 12 minutes

PACIFIC CROSSING GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from the Caribbean and Panama to Australia and New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific

Just published on Amazon and gentlecruising.com

 

If

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are bored with the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, read this book, then you will want to dream of visiting the nearest place to paradise on this globe.

How to transit the Panama Canal see giant rays on the way to the Galapagos and the best islands in the Marquesas and Touamotu groups before reaching Tahiti the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji then laying up for the hurricane season in New Zealand or Australia.

Available from  

 gentlesailing.com or Amazon

 

SAILING VIDEOS here

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Marbella holiday apartment 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

 

IMPORTING YOUR NON SPANISH VEHICLE

For the price of an app.

DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW

£2.50

 

Sailing La Rochelle The Boat Shop Directing Actor Links Contact Sailing info la Rochelle Who is Michael Briant In Praise of Spain Gibraltar AIS help our cousin s IN PRAISE OF SPAIN BOULOGNE SUR MER

Ronda is where I used to live. 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.

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

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. - Post Brexit it may be the same - or not!

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.

Ronda is where I used to live. It 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.

I highly recommend  builders,  who recovered the terrace disaster and installed the  inside staircase with all the works done to the highest standards at very, very reasonable prices.

They cover the entire Andalucía area and Carlos speaks perfect English & German. Email:-  jcsalas@salasduran.com

 

WHO is Michael E Briant

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

Sailing La Rochelle The Boat Shop Directing Actor Links Contact Sailing info la Rochelle Who is Michael Briant In Praise of Spain Gibraltar AIS help our cousin s IN PRAISE OF SPAIN BOULOGNE SUR MER

 

I highly recommend  builders,  who recovered the terrace disaster and installed the  inside staircase with all the works done to the highest standards at very, very reasonable prices.

They cover the entire Andalucia area and Carlos speaks perfect English & German. Email:-  jcsalas@salasduran.com

 

For my sailing books and French canal guides please go to    gentlesailing.com

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

 

 

 

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

 

 

 

CRUISING SOUTHERN SPAIN AND THE COSTA DEL SOL

 

 

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 

 

 

The Pacific Crossing Guide

 

 

 

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

 

 

 

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

 

 

 

Living Aboard Around the World

 

 

 

Easy Navigation

 

 

SAILING VIDEOS here

 

 

Sailing La Rochelle The Boat Shop Directing Actor Links Contact Sailing info la Rochelle Who is Michael Briant In Praise of Spain Gibraltar AIS help our cousin s IN PRAISE OF SPAIN BOULOGNE SUR MER 

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