Camaret sur Mer - Brittany, France

September 21, 2018

The sweet fishing town Camaret sur Mer is situated in the very Northwest of France, at the Avant-Goulet de Brest in beautiful and wild Brittany. Coming from sea by sailboat, its two marinas are a great alternative to the marinas in the city of Brest. They provide great shelter, and Port Vauban is accessible at any tide. It is a great starting point for crossing the Bay of Biscay. Camaret’s exposed location at the end of Crozon Peninsula has been of great military relevance for many centuries to defend the Goulet de Brest, the entrance to France largest naval base. So you will find remains of fortifications, batteries and bomb craters from a range of eras.

St.-Valéry-en-Caux, France

September 8, 2018

One of the hidden gems along the English Channel is the little town Saint-Valery-en-Caux, embedded between the impressive white cliffs on the channel’s South-Eastern coast. But before you can enter this beautiful place from the sea, careful navigation is mandatory. The pre-harbor falls dry 3 m and harbor entry is only possible HW +/- 2 hrs. Passing a draw bridge and a massive sea gate you will find a most charming marina right in the city center. Situated in Northern France, 32 kms from Dieppe, St. Valery en Caux sure is a highlight on the Normandy Alabaster Coast. Charming alleys, traditional (seafood) restaurants and historic buildings gives you a great taste of small-town Normandy. Memorials remember of the time when this part of the world was less peaceful but also of the achievements of the great French pilot pioneer Dieudonné Costes flying non-stop from Paris to New York in 1930.