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 France - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +1. Summer time UTC +2 last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October.

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

Euro

Communications

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.

Transport

tibus- local bus service (Northern Brittany) Tel +33(0) 810 22 22 22

Diplomatic Missions

Events

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.

Emergencies

Fire 18
Police 17
Operator 13
Ambulance 15

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (9th Edition)
Publisher Imray (December 2014)
2016 supplement available from Imray
ISBN - 9781846235986
Price - £29.50
See this  Noonsite review.

North Biscay - The west coast of France - Brest to Bordeaux
from the RCC Pilotage Foundation
Published by Imray (7th edn, 2005 with suppliments 2009)
ISBN 0 85288 702 7
See Noonsite review

West France Cruising Companion
By Neville Featherstone
Published by Wiley Nautical (2nd Edn. 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-470-75374-3
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)
ISBN: 978-0852881453

South France Pilot - Golfe du Lion
By Robin Brandon
Published by Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; New edition (Aug. 1993)
ISBN: 978-0852881637

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

North Brittany (including The Channels Islands)
By John Lawson (Rcc Pilotage Foundation)
Published by Imray (2nd Edn.2008)
ISBN:9781846230691
The definitive guide to the North Brittany between St Malo and Ouessant (Ushant).

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)
ISBN: 9781846235535

Mediterranean, France and Corsica Pilot
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell
Publisher Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd - 5th Edition 2013
ISBN-9781846234156
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)
ISBN 9781846234460

Crusing Association Handbook
Published by The Cruising Association

North Sea Passage Pilot
By Brian Navin
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd 6th Edition 2013
ISBN 9781846234446

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:

Cartes-Guides Navicarte

Cruising French Waterways
By Hugh McKnight
Publisher: Euromapping; 8th edition (1 Aug. 2010)
ISBN- 978-1846230141

Inland Waterways of France
By David Edwards-May
Publisher Euromapping; 8th edition (1 Aug. 2010)
ISBN- 978-1846230141
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

Rod Heikell - Mediterraneo
http://www.mediterraneansailing.info/rodheikell.htm
Information on cruising in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean.

Guide Mediterranee.com

Riviera Ports - http://www.riviera-ports.com/
Information on Cannes, Golfe-Juan, Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

www.medyachter.com
Useful information on anchorages on France's Mediterranean coast

www.tagweb.co.uk/french-waterways
A useful source of information if planning to cruise the French canals.

JimBSail: A useful site for sailing information for Corsica www.jimbsail.info/drupal/mediterranean/west-med/corsica and Mediterranean France

Government Tourism Office

Reeds Nautical Online
A comprehesive online nautical almanac covering Atlantic Europe from the tip of Denmark to Gibraltar.

Update History

May 2015: Publications reviewed
April 2015: Publications checked and updated
January 2014: All formalities checked.
January 2013: All web addresses checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 25, 2014 01:26 PM

Posted on behalf of Alison Spinney, SY ChaliVentures III (USA)
Ports we visited in 2013, EAST COAST: From South to North
Note: We have a 12m boat.

Port Rondinara - JUNE
Stayed here for 6 nights waiting for a Mistral to pass. Good protection, but not from the East! Very crowded with charter boats and flotillas from Sardinia.

Solinzara - JUNE
38€/night. Laundromat and Carrefour just up the street. Lots of restaurants. WIFI!

Port de Taverna/Campoloro - JUNE
37€/night. Just an overnight. There was a small convenience store, But they had WIFI!

Bastia-Port Toga - JUNE
35€/night. We had wanted to go into the vieux port of Bastia, but they were doing some construction and it was very tight maneuvering. Also on the end of the outer breakwater, there were hordes of teenagers, and it just didn’t seem very secure. So we bailed and went into Port Toga instead. They had WIFI. Directly across the street was a FABULOUS Géant Casino. 2 blocks away was a self-serve Laundromat. The girls in the office directed me to a dry cleaner service that cost a fortune which was just across the street from the marina next to the Geant Casino. We LIKED Bastia. It’s pretty small, so things were pretty close.

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