France - General Info
UTC +1. Summer time UTC +2 last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
International dialing code for France is +33
Internet access is available as follows Camaret wifi, netabord connection available in marina Loctudy free wifi hotspot at capitainerie Port Haliguen - free internet access at capitainerie Le Crouesty - free internet access at capitainerie La Turballe - free internet access at capitainerie Joinville Wifi from bar on sea front, near to the small market. Free to clients Les Sables d'Olonne free wifi from bars near Port Olonna St Martin de Re - free wifi from cafe le 4bis.
Mobile phone - Call your cell phone provider to make sure that they offer phone coverage in France. Ask to be upgraded to international roaming.
Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your personal cell phone if your cellular company does not offer coverage in France.
tibus- local bus service (Northern Brittany) Tel +33(0) 810 22 22 22
South of France: Culture, Activities and Tourist sights
A single electronic pass, the COTEDAZUR-CARD, gives you access to all the best the Côte d’Azur has to offer, and saves money. Introduced in 2014 it gives access to over 115 things. Costs €39 for 3 consecutive days and €54 for 6 consecutive days.
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
West France Cruising Companion
By Neville Featherstone
Published by Wiley Nautical (2nd Edn. 2010)
A yachtsman's pilot and cruising guide from L'Aberwrac'h to the Spanish Border.
South France Pilot - La Corse
By Robin Brandon
Published by Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; Revised edition edition (Dec. 1990)
South France Pilot - Golfe du Lion
By Robin Brandon
Published by Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; New edition (Aug. 1993)
Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany
By Peter Carnegie (RCC Pilotage Foundation)
Published by Imray (1st combined edition May 2015)
ISBN: 978 184623 443 9
The RCC PF's detailed pilot for the Channel Islands is now
part of this new pilot for the north coast of Brittany and
Cherbourg Peninsula. St Vaast-La Hougue to Ouessant and the Channel Islands.
See Noonsite Review.
Normandy and The Channel Islands Pilot - Calais to St Malo
By Mark Brackenbury
Publisher Adlard Coles Nautical (Revised 8th Edition - April 1995)
ISBN-13 078 0713641943
Secret Anchorages in Brittany
By Peter Cumberlidge.
Published by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd (October 3, 2005)
ISBN 0 85288 757 4
Secret Anchorages of Brittany provides concise pilotage directions for practically all the natural anchorages along the Brittany coast, from the Bay of Mont St Michel round to the great estuary of the Loire. In fact, as with the first edition, the anchorages start near Cap de la Hague on the Cotentin Peninsula and include Iles Chausey, both of course part of Normandy. The book enters Brittany waters near Cancale and follows the whole 300-mile coastline, with its rivers, estuaries and offshore islands, looking into every nook and cranny on the way.
The Cruising Companion to North France and Belgium
by Neville Featherstone
Publisher John Wiley & Sons (Dec 2001)
ISBN 978 0333989548
Corsica and North Sardinia
Including La Maddalena Archipelago
By RCCPF / John Marchment
Publisher: Imray; 3rd edition (2013)
Mediterranean, France and Corsica Pilot
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell
Publisher Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd - 5th Edition 2013
This is a comprehensive companion to the long coastline that ranges from Spain and the edge of the Pyrenees to the Alpes Maritimes and Italy. It covers the flat country of Languedoc-Roussillon, the coast of the Golfe du Lion, the Rhône delta and the Camargue, the industrial Golfe de Fos, the Côte d’Azur and the French Riviera and Monaco. The island of Corsica and the waterways that run behind the coast linking the Canal du Midi and the étangs to the Rhône are covered in separate chapters. In this fifth edition there are new and updated plans, photographs and sections on routes. Full details are given of marine parks and new restricted areas. The introduction has been reorganised to provide improved information on getting to the area, formalities, weather and radio services.
Shell Channel Pilot
By Tom Cunliffe
Publisher Imray (7th Edition 2009)
Crusing Association Handbook
Published by The Cruising Association
North Sea Passage Pilot
By Brian Navin
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd 6th Edition 2013
Atlantic France - North Biscay to the Spanish Border
By Jeremy Parkinson - RCC
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd - November 2010
ISBN 13: 9781846232800
FOR THE FRENCH CANALS:
Cruising French Waterways
By Hugh McKnight
Publisher: Euromapping; 8th edition (1 Aug. 2010)
Inland Waterways of France
By David Edwards-May
Publisher Euromapping; 8th edition (1 Aug. 2010)
The standard guide to the French canals and navigable rivers includes maps and distance tables for each waterway, giving the user a general view of the geography of each waterway as well as a detailed cockpit reference. The introduction forms a comprehensive general guide to the French waterways, including distances and overall dimensions, formalities, navigation regulations and an up-to-date list of hire operators, making inland waterways of France not just an unrivalled reference for planning but also an outstanding cruising guide. The new edition is now in full colour with redrawn maps and many new photographs.
French Inland Waterways
Published by The Cruising Association
Through the French Canals
By David Jefferson
Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (April 2014)
ISBN-13 978 1472900388
Ile des Hébihens, just west of St. Malo, is one of Brittany's treasures. Yachting Monthly produced a short cruising guide to the island in October 2015 - go to http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/cruising-guides/ile-des-hebihens-brittany-32236Mediterranean Coast
Rod Heikell - Mediterraneo
Information on cruising in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean.
Useful information on anchorages on France's Mediterranean coast
JimBSail: A useful site for sailing information for Corsica www.jimbsail.info/drupal/mediterranean/west-med/corsica and Mediterranean FranceFrench Canals & Rivers
Riviera Ports - http://www.riviera-ports.com/
Information on Cannes, Golfe-Juan, Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
This is a great site for anyone contemplating cruising the rivers or canals through France. It provides in-depth information on routes, local conditions, rules and regulations as well as access to charts and pilot books in e-format.
A useful source of information if planning to cruise the French canals.
January 2016: Formalities & documents checked/updated.
May 2015: Publications reviewed
April 2015: Publications checked and updated
January 2014: All formalities checked.
January 2013: All web addresses checked/updated.
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