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French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

For books and French canal charts please go to

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Routes Between the English Channel and the Mediterranean

 The alternative to the Gentle Route is to do it in fewer hits as follows

SN1 =

 north to south - direct route by sea

SN1 THE DIRECT ROUTE FROM THE UK ACROSS THE BAY OF BISCAY AND DOWN ATLANTIC SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

 - Best time May to September early October -

The direct route across the Bay of Biscay. 

 Possibly the hardest part of this route is getting down channel against the prevailing westerly winds to Falmouth, Fowey, or the Scilly Islands ready to jump off the moment the wind turns northerly in the Bay.

From the English channel go outside Ushant/Ouessant but just inside the shipping lanes and lay course for just inside the shipping lane off Cape Finisterre. 

From Finisterre head south.  A very good place to pull into is Bayona near Vigo. Beautifully sheltered bay and excellent marina and yacht club.

DISTANCE FALMOUTH TO BAYONNE - 542 nautical miles - say 4 to 5 days - non stop

From Bayonne you can get to the Straights of Gibraltar in one hit easily with the prevailing Northerly winds or stop on the way down - Lots of ports, anchorages and marinas.

DISTANCE BAYONNE TO GIBRALTAR - 510 nautical miles - say 4 days - non stop

Biscay rightly has a formidable reputation for gales in winter but in the summer it is fairly benign. By getting a 4-5 day forecast before committing it is reasonable to expect to reach Bayonne without problem.  If you are pushed into Biscay bay then Coruna has easy access and an excellent anchorage and marina.

Time for passage assuming a few stops between Bayonne and Gibraltar for weather/fun - 10 - 14 days 

It is perfectly possible to day sail nearly all of this route and almost never loose sight of land - many boats do this - all the way to Gibraltar - Heading first to the Channel Islands then north France - Morlaix area - inside Ushant/Ouessant and southwards.  The longest single passage is from La Rochelle or Royan in France to Bayonne or San Sebastian - a 'hit' of around 170 miles the only possible stopping place is Arcachon and you must work the tide to get in there - and out.  Probably take you all summer (or 2) to do this port hopping. 

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

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.

 The Ebook version is available here

Download now from

http://www.gentlesailing.com/

 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

Have a look at my BISCAY LOG BOOK for some of my experiences whilst making this passage.

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SN1 = north to south -  direct route by sea

SN2 = north to south via Canal du Midi

SN3 = north to south via Le Havre - Paris - or Calais or St Valery

SN4 = south to north via Atlantic coast

SN5 = south to north via Azores

SN6 = south to north via Canal du Midi

SN7 = south to north via canals to Paris and Le Havre or Calais

Lorry option = a list of web sites of British and French haulage companies who specialise in boat transport.

Canal du Midi = My log and some pictures of a recent transit. (SN7)

The Scenic Route = My log and some pictures of a recent transit. (SN6)

Parking Places in the Rhone = A list of the relatively few possibilities to overnight in the Rhone.

  VNF = Voies Navigables de France - details of license fees and canal offices - official paper

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

For books and French canal charts please go to

  gentlesailing.com

                  

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation

French Fluviacarte Canal Charts

These web sites may be useful for the end of the canal system in the Mediterranean .

www.port-napoleon.com/

http://guidemediterranee.free.fr/article.php3?id_article=0301

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