The alternative to the Gentle Route is
to do it in fewer hits as follows
north to south - direct route by sea
SN1 THE DIRECT ROUTE
FROM THE UK ACROSS THE BAY OF BISCAY AND DOWN ATLANTIC SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
The sales of this book almost equal that of French Canal Routes.
The best guide - pilot book of this sometimes challenging. available
1 – Planning the voyage
2 –UK South coast to
Chenal du Four
3 - Chenal du Four to La
- La Rochelle to Spain overview
- La Rochelle to Coruña
6 - Coruña to Gibraltar
Why not take your boat to the Mediterranean next
GENTLE SAILING ROUTE
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
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.
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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
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The direct route across the Bay of Biscay.
- Best time - May to September early October -
Possibly the hardest
part of this route is getting down channel against the prevailing westerly winds
to Falmouth, Fowey, or the Scilly Islands ready to jump off the moment the wind
is forecast to turn northely for the next five days.
From the English channel go outside Ushant/Ouessant but just
inside the shipping lanes and lay course for just inside the shipping lane off
From Finisterre head south. A very good place to pull into
is Bayona near Vigo. Beautifully sheltered bay and excellent marina and yacht
DISTANCE FALMOUTH TO BAYONNE - 542 nautical miles
- say 4 to 5 days - non stop
From Bayonne you can get to the Straights of Gibraltar in one
hit easily with the prevailing Northerly winds or stop on the way down - Lots of
ports, anchorages and marinas.
DISTANCE BAYONNE TO GIBRALTAR - 510 nautical miles - say
4 days - non stop
Biscay rightly has a formidable reputation for gales in winter
but in the summer it is fairly benign. By getting a 4-5 day forecast before
committing it is reasonable to expect to reach Bayonne without problem. If
you are pushed into Biscay bay then Coruna has easy access and an excellent
anchorage and marina.
Time for passage assuming a few stops between Bayonne and
Gibraltar for weather/fun - 10 - 14 days
It is perfectly possible to day sail nearly all of this route
and almost never loose sight of land - many boats do this - all the way to Gibraltar -
Heading first to the Channel Islands then north France - Morlaix area - inside
Ushant/Ouessant and southwards. The longest single passage is from La
Rochelle or Royan in France to Bayonne or San Sebastian - a 'hit' of around 170
miles the only possible stopping place is Arcachon and you must work the tide to
get in there - and out. Probably take you all summer (or 2) to do this