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For yachts based on Britain’s South Coast, Northern France is an obvious holiday destination and a crossing of the English Channel leads to some very attractive cruising grounds.

While it is not possible to thoroughly explore the French coast and Channel Islands in two or three weeks, it pays to make a realistic appraisal of what can be achieved, allowing some slack for bad weather and hold-ups according to UK sailor Ken Endean.

In this article for Yachting Monthly magazine, Ken suggests some options for families who may be learning the ropes, rather than hardened offshore experts and whose plans may be limited by the duration of their annual summer break.

Yachting Monthly:  How to Sail to France from the UK.

Heading for France (c) Ken Endean