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.

This year we were going to Concarneau for a couple of days on June 17th / 18th, but Coronovirus and the French Lockdown has put paid to that planning.

Keep well

Concarneau Rally (17-18 June 2020) – CANCELLED

Due to various restrictions affecting us all with COVID 19 we have cancelled this event, (for example, restrictions on social distancing and meeting group sizes). To see current French restrictions (in English), you should log onto their official site Another factor affecting this decision is for some, who keep their boats in France, passenger services are not available at least, until 15 June, see
Meanwhile, we hope to be getting to Brittany later in the year and perhaps an opportunity to meet up will present itself. Meanwhile, happy passage planning!
Derek Barnard, Captain France Atlantique Chapter

La Rochelle

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.

Le Palais

St Martin

Rochefort and Charente

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