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

We all had a lovely time – watch out for pictures and write up in Compass magazine

Passeport Latitude

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 20 ports to choose from

See the website.

Vannes – Fete Nationale

We had been hoping to have a rally in Vannes between July 12th and July 15th for the Fete Nationale but sadly this is complicated.

Vannes has the “Tour du Ports de Morbihan” arriving on July 12th for the night, so they can’t take us until the 14th.

The fireworks and street parades run on both the 13th and 14th, so you would get the full experience arriving on the 14th, but for a shorter time!  Your France Atlantique captain is thinking what to do.


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

Click here for the official 2018 Vilaine document giving lock and bridge times (in French)

Piriac Sur Mer – 2018 opening hours for Lock

Click here to download


Festival Interceltique 3 – 12 Aug 2018 click here to visit the website and find out what is going on. You can also buy tickets online

P1070415La Rochelle – Bassin des Chalutier and Bassin des Yachts

Access times – click to download

IMG_6123St Martin de Re – 2018 opening hours for Lock

Click here to download

Le Palais – opening hours for lock summer 2018

Click here to download

Vilaine Lock summer closures ceased 


Vannes access times

Click on the cover to download the pdf