France Atlantique

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast of France


Derek Barnard of Yacht Tangaroa kept in the Viliaine is our 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.

Please email to contact him





La Rochelle

Le Palais

St Martin

Semaine du Golfe

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  27 – 2 June 2019 click here to visit the website and find out what is going on.




Rochefort and Charente

Raymarine Electronics thefts

Some ports have been targeted by thieves see here for more info

EU Visa Calendar / Calculator

If you are coming to the EU post March 29th, depending on the UK’s arrangements with the EU, you may be subject to the 90/180 rule.  This applies to non EU citizens who are only allowed into the EU for 90 out of a rolling 180 days.  A former member has created an Excel Calendar / Calculator which indicates where you are, regarding the limits.  Just put “yes” in the “in EU?”  column and all will become clear.

Download the calendar here

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.

Tips for cruising the France Atlantique

Free bus services– many of the Islands and some cities offer a free bus service, allowing visitors to travel within the locality without charge?  Where several circuits are on offer, (eg Ile de Noirmoutier), you can hop from one circuit to the next.  These services are usually available during July and August.  Ask at the Tourist Information Centre as these free services can prove very useful when ‘marina-bound’, due to inclement weather etc.

SNCF travel– Stuck in Les Sables, or La Rochelle? then visit the local railway station – last year there were some excellent offers available for travelling within the Region.

Arzal Lock – boats entering the Vilaine are always given priority so the Lock times shown relate to the opening of the lock.  Boats leaving the Vilaine usually enter the lock 15 to 20 minutes past the times advertised.

Arzal – Camoel Marina – new pontoons have been added to the Camoel side.  If visiting this marina then request a berth on the Camoel side where it is more sheltered and quiet.

If you have any advice/tips on cruising the Morbihan, Loire Atlantique, Vendee and Charente areas then let your Captain know by emailing  Also, of any events that may be of interest.

Have a great sailing season and hopefully will see you on the water.

Derek Barnard

Captain France Atlantique Chapter

Port Haliguen – undergoing major works

Click here for more information


Festival Interceltique 2 – 11 Aug 2019 click here to visit the website and find out what is going on. You can also buy tickets online