France Atlantique Chapter

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast of France


MOA members in this part of the world now have a regular leader we are pleased to announce that Derek Barnard of Yacht Tangaroa kept in the Viliaine has become the first Chapter Captain.

Pictured here with Anna aboard their boat.

We have just one or two events a year, but aim to keep members up to date with useful information regarding access to the wonderful ports and rivers in our area.

Meet in La Rochelle July 11-14

All Chapter members are invited to come to a rally at Minimes and Bassin des Chalutiers

For more details click here

Passeport Escale

If you are coming to France, consider buying one of these – staying in the Quiberon / Morbihan area for 13 high season nights makes it worthwhile – there are 17 ports to choose from

See the website.


The Arzal Lock publishes their “theoretical” times of opening. These can vary depending on the river level and the amount of water extraction required.

Please note – extraordinary closures for the whole day – extract from Vilaine website


Click here for the official 2017 Vilaine document giving lock and bridge times (in French)

Click here for the English version – somewhat amusing in places, but better than my French

Piriac Sur Mer – 2017 opening hours for Lock

Click here to download

semaine-logoLe Golfe du Morbihan

Over one thousand of traditional and classic boats, divided up into coherent and identifiable flotillas, sailing every day and stopping in various ports and anchor points. The result: a “bursting” maritime festival, bringing alive the whole of the Golfe of Morbihan.”

There are  22 – 28 May 2017 click here to visit the website and find out what is going on.


Festival Interceltique 4 – 13 Aug 2017 click here to visit the website and find out what is going on. You can also buy tickets online

P1070415La Rochelle – opening hours for Bassin des Yachts and Bassin des Chalutiers

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IMG_6123St Martin de Re – 2017 opening hours for Lock

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Le Palais – opening hours for Lock

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Vannes access times

Click here or the cover to download the pdf

NEWS – Vannes will be changing management from the city of Vannes to the Companie des ports du Morbihan from 1 July 2017.