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Old 23 September 2010, 12:42   #21
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In my limited experience of popping to France I have always found a really warm reception was released once we mentioned the word Aurigny, it seems the French have a real soft spot for the place.

Back in pre-historic times, ah those were the days, they used to sail to the island to bury their dead because they would look to the island every evening as the sun set over it. A romantic notion that seems to live on in genetic memory to this day. Probably.
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I believe that Cap Breizh (breton club) have done some trips up the Seine possibly even all the way to Paris. A WAFI I know very well recently contemplated bringing his 33footer all the way up through the French canal system, and the canals round where we are (down towards Rennes and to the south) all seem well maintained etc, so to be honest I don't believe there would be much to stop you, and if in summer, we might well be interested to tag along too if you wouldn't mind
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In my limited experience of popping to France I have always found a really warm reception
I'm not entirely sure a quick visit to a Normandy port really counts as visiting France. Firstly there's normally no-one on duty, and secondly the local population is usually outnumbered by visiting Channel Islanders.

I see this cutting and pasting malarkey has got Martini hooked. He's obvioulsy bored and been at the Wiki or his school French text book for that last huge post
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Blimey, this must be my most popular thread; thanks for all the replies. Firstly, thank Kwil for finding that article; I’ll read it tonight. As far as I can tell, sailing to Paris is quite straight forward and as gotchiguy points out, the Cap Club have been there before; the photos are on their forum. Earlier this year, some canoeists paddled from Le Havre to Paris. You can see their million-and-one photos all along the Seine on Google Earth.

The river Seine is tidal as far as Rouen with the canalised section starting with the first lock at Amfreville. There are only another five locks before Paris. The distance between Le Havre and Rouen is 92nm and from Rouen to Paris is a further 109nm. There are marinas in Le Havre and Rouen and a first class facility at the Port de Plaisance Paris-Arsenal just upstream from Notre Dame cathedral. There is fuel available at each of these as well as from river-side garages along the way. The speed limit from Le Havre to Rouen is 15kts and from Rouen to Paris there is a limit of 10kts.

As a trial run, why don’t we organise a trip to Rouen over the Easter weekend next year? It would be guaranteed to be a laugh, it would be nice to meet up and would certainly feel like an expedition. And don’t worry about the French; they don’t bite. They’d make us feel welcome and would find it highly amusing to see ‘Les Rost Beefs’ in their pneu bateaux tootling along the Seine.
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So that'd be 18 hours each way at displacement speed with (for me) a pair of Opti's...I'll speak to the girls but I don't think they'll be keen!
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I've been doing a bit of digging, nothing definitive yet, but you might need an ICC + the CEVNI cert once you get past the tidal section at Rouen.
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So that'd be 18 hours each way at displacement speed with (for me) a pair of Opti's...I'll speak to the girls but I don't think they'll be keen!
LOL - you wouldn't be the first to get excessively oiled with a pair of counter-rotating 'strokers in Paris.

Don't apply full choke and they'll be fine
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So that'd be 18 hours each way at displacement speed with (for me) a pair of Opti's...I'll speak to the girls but I don't think they'll be keen!
Tell em if they behave themselves they can have a day off in Paris and do a bit of shopping down the Champs Elysee . How could any Opti refuse. Keep them away from those French mechanics though! They may never want to come back.


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I've been doing a bit of digging, nothing definitive yet, but you might need an ICC + the CEVNI cert once you get past the tidal section at Rouen.
ICC is fine for me, will have to check the CEVNI bit. Don't they want ATIS on your VHF as well these days
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ICC is fine for me, will have to check the CEVNI bit. Don't they want ATIS on your VHF as well these days
I hadn't got that far
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So that'd be 18 hours each way at displacement speed with (for me) a pair of Opti's...I'll speak to the girls but I don't think they'll be keen!
there would be so many beeps it would sound like bernard manning presenting an edition of playschool
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