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The Cruising Association Share the Secrets of Sailing the Bay of Biscay

By Sue Richards last modified Dec 02, 2011 03:17 PM

Published: 2011-12-02 15:17:01
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: France , Spain , United Kingdom

The Cruising Association, Britain’s leading organization for cruising sailors, is opening its doors to non-members in January for a guide to sailing the many stunning destinations in the Bay of Biscay.

The CA says the area has an unfair reputation for rough seas and although it can be testing, with careful planning and sensible precautions, there are some truly stunning and uncrowded destinations awaiting discovery.

Judith Grimwade, Secretary of the CA’s Biscay section says “Mention Biscay to most sailors and they start to twitch, but from the rivers north of the Loire to the Spanish Rias there are some amazing destinations which are generally much less busy than some of the over-crowded channel ports and harbours. Our members have cruised these waters for years and know the secrets of what to do and what to avoid. They have amassed a wealth of practical and in-depth knowledge of the area and they’ll be sharing this with non-members as well as members at this special Biscay Day.”

The day includes illustrated talks by CA experts and will cover the route options of crossing from France to Spain including tips on how to make the journey by coastal hopping. There’s a comprehensive guide to the Spanish Rias, the sheltered and amazingly attractive inlets on Spain’s north-west coast. There’s also a guide to the sheltered and attractive rivers north of the Loire and a practical step-by-step guide to the French Atlantic coast.

The CA’s Specialist Biscay Day will be held at the CA's headquarters in Limehouse Basin, 1 Northey Street, London, E14 8BT on January 15th and starts at 12 noon. The cost, £27 for members and £35 for non-members, includes a hot buffet 2 course supper. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

To make a booking please contact CA House: office@cruising.org.uk (020 7537 2828) or biscay@cruising.org.uk.

About the CA

The Cruising Association is Britain’s leading organisation for cruising sailors. From its headquarters in London’s Limehouse Basin it maintains close contact with more than 4,000 members worldwide. It has specialist sections in 17 different regions ranging from the Baltic and the European Inland Waterways to the Mediterranean, and an active ocean-going Blue Water group. Founded in 1908, it has one of the most extensive nautical libraries and cruising information centres in the world and works closely with government and international bodies to protect the interests of leisure sailors. The Association’s patron is record-breaking round the world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE.

More details on the CA website: www.cruising.org.uk

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