Have spoken to the HM for St Vaast today and confirmed the lock opening times for the weekend of the 12/13th October
Saturday 12th open 13.51hrs close 19.11hrs (French summer time)
Sunday 13th open 15.32hrs close 20.37hrs (French summer time)
Therefore plan is to meet off Yarmouth (allows people to get fuel if required) ready to depart at 11.00hrs on the Saturday (UK time). Leisurely cruise over to St Vaast, distance from the Needles approx 68nm. Arriving St Vaast at about 14.30hrs (15.30hrs French time).
Petrol is available 24/7 in the harbour, its self service and takes Visa.
No need to book marina - plenty of space.
Theres a supermarket 2km from the harbour for any essentials.
So far those who have expressed an interest in cruising over
If only half manage to come along will be a good end of season cruise, just need good weather and to book B&B