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 a new idea of a “Cruise in Company” is being instituted.  Yacht Tangaroa is progressing to Rochefort and everyone is welcome to come along.

Click on the red + sign below to reveal the details of how to join and keep up with the cruise.

An Invitation to Sunday Lunch on February 9th 2020

The days are getting longer, and your thoughts may now be turning to those fitting out jobs and travel plans that you’ve been putting off. Have a break and treat yourself and crew by joining your fellow Moody Owners Chapter Members at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) for Sunday Lunch on the 9th February. Come and enjoy the ambiance of the Club and conversation.

What’s on offer?

ymA three-course lunch with coffee afterwards, however, we have been asked to preselect the meal and the choices are shown below. RLymYC will welcome you from 11.30 am where you will be met by your Branch Captain, shown the facilities of the Club and invited to have a pre-lunch drink at the bar which has splendid views of the Lymington River, Isle of Wight and Solent. Lunch is at 12.30 pm.

Details and booking here 


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