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Just released The Pacific Crossing Guide & Caribbean Islands Cruising Guide

The Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

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THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

 

more information from   http://www.gentlesailing.com/

 

 

The Caribbean

is probably the biggest and best cruising ground in the world. Wonderful climate, beautiful islands, nice people and for the most part very inexpensive. With predictable weather and such good sailing winds it  makes the Mediterranean look like a very poor relation. 

Details of all the Island groups and anchorages. 

 Pictures and chart details together with descriptions of the islands.

Pictures, charts, distances, links to marina's and faculties, weather and places to visit and what to see.......

How to get there - how to get home

 There are two versions, the first is for boats coming from Europe and the second is an American Version for boats heading south from the USA through the Bahamas & Turks and Caicos.

AMERICAN VERSION £4   

UK VERSION £4                                                                                                                                                        

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:

Gentlesailing . Caribbean Islands

 

THE PACIFIC CROSSING GUIDE

  from the Caribbean and Panama to Australia and New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific

Just published on Amazon and gentlecruising.com

If you are bored with the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, read this book, then you will want to dream of visiting the nearest place to paradise on this globe.

 

How to transit the Panama Canal see giant rays on the way to the Galapagos and the best islands in the Marquesas and Touamotu groups before reaching Tahiti the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji then laying up for the hurricane season in New Zealand or Australia.

£3

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If you prefer a hardcopy book, then download the PDF file and take it on a memory stick to a printer who will turn it into book form in either colour or B&W,  for a price much lower than I can provide and without the cost of postage etc.   

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

 

In E-book version - download

Ebook version  £5.00

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Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

In E-book version - download

Ebook version  £3.00

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Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

In E-book version - download

 

Ebook version £2.00

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Living Aboard Around the World

£5

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THE PACIFIC CROSSING GUIDE

£3

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Easy Navigation

£2

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CARIBBEAN ISLANDS CRUISING GUIDE

European Version

£4

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Caribbean Islands Cruising Guide

AMERICAN VERSION

£4

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THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

more information from   http://www.gentlesailing.com/

If you are looking for the river and canal charts for the trip at low, French original prices,

 go to

navicarte/FLUVIACARTE

Contents

1 – Planning the voyage

2 – South coast to Chenal du Four

3 - Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

4 - La Rochelle to Spain planning

5 - La Rochelle to Coruña

6 - Coruña to Gibraltar

Why not take your boat to the Mediterranean next summer?

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

 There are several ways of getting your boat to the Mediterranean. On the back of a lorry, via the French canals, four or five day’s non stop across the Bay of Biscay then down the Portuguese coast or spend the summer or two, gently coasting southwards, enjoying the harbours, cities, towns and villages of France Spain and Portugal.

This is not a pilot book, rather a passage plan and guide to the nicer places between the South Coast of the UK to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.  It can all be done in easy stages, to suit a lightly crewed boat, with perhaps only a couple of people on board who are without ‘offshore’ experience.  Actually, it is a lovely way to explore a lot of delightful foreign places.

£5

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 Specially drawn charts of:

Cherbourg to L’Aber-Wrac’h.

Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

La Rochelle to Spain

La Rochelle to Coruña

Coruna to Gibraltar

+

illustrations, pictures, paintings

 

  1. Mediterranean overview

  1. Entering the straits

  1. Bárbate

  1. Tarifa

  1. Gibraltar

  1. La Línea                    

  1. Algecerías

  1. Ceuta

  1. Smir          

  1. Duquesa

  1. Tangier

  2. Bringing your boat legally into Spain

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

 

The book contains tidal charts and strategy for making the final passage through the straights into the Mediterranean. Information on fuel and marina prices as well as haul out facilities and places to winter your boat. Beside port information for all the above it provides places of interest and reasons for visiting them.

Dozens of photos and illustrations.

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£2

 

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

 (Balearic, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Malta, and Greek Islands)

  A guide on how to get to the main Mediterranean Islands from Gibraltar or the French Canals.

 

 

Chapter one: Mediterranean Overview

Chapter two ‘A’ From Gibraltar to the Balearics

Chapter three B’ Fast route through the Balearic’s (but still nice)

Chapter four :‘C’ French Canals - Port St Louis & Séte to the Balearic Islands.

Chapter five:‘ D’ Port St Louis to Corsica & Sardinia

Chapter six ‘E’ Mahon to Sardinia and Scilly

Chapter seven: F’ Mahon to Scilly via Tunisia

Chapter eightG’ Sicily to Greek Islands

 

For more information go to:

http://www.gentlesailing.com/

£3

 

WHO IS MICHAEL E BRIANT

When the publishers Classic TV Press asked me to write these memoirs I was very flattered but somewhat unsure.

The title sums up the question I have been asking myself for years.

The book is available from here

More about it here

 

 La Rochelle Guide Book  

3This excellent guide book is perfect for planning your visit to La Rochelle, booking hotels, site seeing or even thinking about living in this special West Atlantic French Town. All the information is written for the discriminating Francophile, yachty visiting, and those who just enjoy beautiful towns, superb eating and laid back café society and the sea!

£2           More information from   gentlesailing.com  

 

  1. Mediterranean overview

  1. Entering the straits

  1. Bárbate

  1. Tarifa

  1. Gibraltar

  1. La Línea                     £3.00

  1. Aljecerías

  1. Ceuta

  1. Smir          

  1. Duquesa

  1. Tangier

  2. Bringing your boat legally into Spain

STRAIT SAILING TO GIBRALTAR

 

The book contains tidal charts and strategy for making the final passage through Straits into the Mediterranean. Information on fuel and marina prices as well as haul out facilities and places to winter your boat. Beside port information for all the above it provides places of interest and reasons for visiting them.

Dozens of photos and illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£2.00

more information

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LIVING ABOARD AROUND THE WORLD

If you are thinking about going long distance cruising then this is the book for you!

CHAPTERS:

      1Which Boat and what equipment?

2.     The canal route to the sun.

3.     The sea route to the sun.

4.     Cruising the Mediterranean

5.     Crossing the Atlantic

6.     Cruising the Caribbean.

7.     Panama and Pan Pan

8.     The Canal and into the Pacific

9.     South Pacific Islands

10. Tahiti to New Zealand

11.  Helicopter Rescue

12. The Great Barrier Reef

13.  Pirate Attack

14.  Tragedy in the Red Sea.

15.  Homeward Bound

£5

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THE PACIFIC CROSSING GUIDE

  from the Caribbean and Panama to Australia and New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific

Just published on Amazon and gentlecruising.com

If you are bored with the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, read this book, then you will want to dream of visiting the nearest place to paradise on this globe.

How to transit the Panama Canal see giant rays on the way to the Galapagos and the best islands in the Marquesas and Touamotu groups before reaching Tahiti the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji then laying up for the hurricane season in New Zealand or Australia.

£3 

More information from gentlesailing.com or Amazon Kindle

 

THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

 download for £10

More information from http://www.gentlesailing.com/

1. OVERVIEW OF THE ROUTES

The ‘fast’ classic route

The ‘slow’ classic route

 The Calais or St Valery sur Somme Route ‘scenic route’

Canal Du Midi route.

 

2. FORMALITIES

ICC - International Certificate of Competence

CEVNI – canals and rivers qualification for France

VIGNETTE - French pleasure boat licence  

 

3.PRACTICALITIES

Engine

Taking down & stepping the mast

Gas

Fuel, Plank, Warps etc.

 

 4. LOCKS

Opening times

Manual Locks

Automatic Locks

Oval Locks

 

 5. THE ‘FAST’& ’SLOW’ CLASSIC ROUTES TO PARIS

The Seine to Paris

 

 6.THE CLASSIC  FAST ROUTE

Canal du Loing

Canal du Loin

Canal de Briare

 

7. THE CLASSIC SLOW  ROUTE

River Yonne

Canal de Bourgogne

 

 8. THE SAÔNE

9. THE RHONE

to Port st Louis & Sete

 

10.THE CALAIS OR ST VALERY SUR SOMME 'SCENIC' ROUTE

 

10.THE CALAIS OR ST VALERY SUR SOMME 'SCENIC' ROUTE

 

 11.TO PARIS FROM NOYANS

alternative to Calais/St Valery ‘Scenic route’

 

 12.CANAL DU MIDI

 

 13. SETE

 to the Classic Routes 

 

14. Belgium & Netherlands Route

 

French Canal Publications Available Here

 

FLUVIACARTE all at French prices with low cost postage

                          

SAILING FILMS

I started out as a telly director making shows like ONEDIN LINE, HOWARDS WAY, WARSHIP, TREASURE ISLAND & even DR WHO AND THE SEA DEVILS,

so when I started sailing around the world in my 36 ft sloop 'BAMBOLA', I took a camera with me!

 

CARIBBEAN CRUISING

(a short 15 minute film about sailing the islands and what you need to do it successfully)

 

TRINIDAD TO COLON

 (25 minute film about all the wonderful places to visit between Trinidad and Colon on the Caribbean side of Panama.)

 

PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

How to safely take your boat from Colon on the Caribbean side through the lakes and down to Balboa on the Pacific side. Advisors, pilots, line handlers, centre chamber all explained.

PANAMA CANAL TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

 (Runs 30 minutes and  is a more detailed film on the Panama Canal as well as the anchorages and sites of the wonderful Galapagos Islands)

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS 

(A 30 minute film about the most beautiful islands in the world that mainly can only be visited by yachts and the occasional small merchant ship.)

 

PACIFIC ISLAND 

 (An 8 minute 'taster' film about sailing in the South Pacific - no commentary - just pictures of the lifestyle on a desert island from a small boat anchoring in the lagoon)

 

TAHITI TO FIJI 

(A 20 minute film about sailing the Society Islands, the magic desert islands in the Cooks and life in Tonga & Fiji)

 

AUSTRALIA TO ASIA

 (30 fascinating minutes of film of the halfway mark during a circumnavigation.  A sailors view of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef and the Indonesian Islands  all the way to Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka,)

 

DREAM .............

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