Beginning in Biscay

The Biscay coast of France is an excellent cruising ground, with quiet anchorages to explore, lovely islands, beautiful beaches, and the opportunity to moor your boat close to the centre of historic towns such as Vannes, La Rochelle or St Martin de Ré.

'Beginning in Biscay' provides an insight into cruising south of the Chenal du Four. Whether you are planning to return to your home port at the end of the season, are interested in taking time to discover the delights of this region, or are making your way towards the Mediterranean, this seminar will provide you with the information needed to make the best of your time.

The event will cover the resources to help you plan your cruise. The presenters and our section secretaries will be available to answer any questions you may have throughout the seminar.

  • The French Atlantic Coast by Nick Chavasse, author of The Atlantic France Pilot Guide
  • How to get the best from CAptain's Mate, the CA's award winning source for up to date cruising reports by Samantha Steele.
  • Cruising to western France within the constraints of 90 in 180 days by Judith Grimwade
  • Keeping your boat in Atlantic France by Rex Frost

You can download the full programme here.

Cost: CA Members £35; CA Couples £60; Non Members £50. (This seminar is now fully booked ).  If you'd like to be on the list should there be any cancellations please email

The cost of the seminar includes tea & coffee plus a hot two course lunch. Non members joining the CA at the event and paying their membership fee by Direct Debit will be credited the difference between member rate and non-member rate.

Date: Saturday 13 January 2024

Time: Registration and coffee from 10:30 programme begins at 11:00

Place: CA House, Limehouse, London