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 France.firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, of any events that may be of interest.
Have a great sailing season and hopefully will see you on the water.
Captain France Atlantique Chapter