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Old 01 November 2010, 15:00   #71
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You mention something about jetskis not being allowed to join the other boats. Can I ask why this is? Do you know if there are restrictions on jetskis in French waters?
I think Gotchi's referring to temporary restrictions that were in place for the race start. I wasn't aware of jetski specific regs but as your french is better than mine you might find a mention here.
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There were special restrictions for the whole area along the coast which meant that only motor boats with a fixed VHF listening out on Ch 16 were allowed in. All other activities such as diving, fishing etc were banned for the afternoon. On Cap Breizh you'll see a thread with a couple of photos of a jetski and a kayaker. However, they must have been mad!!

Matt, you're quite right.

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I'm aware there are general restrictions under French maritime law regarding distances from port and cruising ranges for small craft; maybe there are similar provisions for jetskis. However, I doubt these regulations can be imposed on visiting craft else some would never be allowed to return home.

I know UK jetskiers hop across the English Channel now and again and that the odd local skier has ventured to Carteret and Port Bail without any hassle. I'm thinking of buying a jetski myself in a year or two's time when the menopause has kicked in. Has anyone seen how sophisticated the top models are nowadays? They come with fly-by-wire controls, suspension, cruise control, braking mechanisms and, oh yes, 300hp engines. Nought to fifty in under three seconds with these puppies.

Anyway, the main advantage is near-zero draught. I reckon with rib support it ought to be able to get to Granville in reasonable weather from where it's just a case of hugging the coast to get into the estuaries and rivers and Bob's your uncle. MStm on any tide - sweet.

I almost forgot: On a wholly unrelated subject, has anyone seen this video?
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As I understand the position, in France jetskis can only be used by day and are limited to a distance two miles from the coast. Within 300 metres of shore their use is subject to local regulations. Anyone using a jetski with an engine larger than 50hp requires a full boating licence (permis mer). I assume that as with motor boats, anyone using a "UKflagged" jetski could operate according to UK rules regarding distance and licence issues.
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I almost forgot: On a wholly unrelated subject, has anyone seen this video?
Great, now I feel seasick
If that marshal didn't get flattened he's a very lucky b*stard
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As I understand the position, in France jetskis can only be used by day and are limited to a distance two miles from the coast. Within 300 metres of shore their use is subject to local regulations. Anyone using a jetski with an engine larger than 50hp requires a full boating licence (permis mer). I assume that as with motor boats, anyone using a "UKflagged" jetski could operate according to UK rules regarding distance and licence issues.
Yes, I think you're right there. These restrictions are clearly more rigourous than those of the UK. I suppose one difficulty for anyone wanting to jetski to France would be obtaining insurance in the first place. I'm sure any company would insist on accompany skiers or a support boat.

Incidently, are the yachts sailing to the Caribbean direct or are they stopping off at the Azores?
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This site shows the route. Since the leading boats are aiming to finish in 7 days I don't think there's time for a stop-off.

http://routedurhum-labanquepostale.g...om/2010/?lg=en
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These restrictions are clearly more rigourous than those of the UK. I suppose one difficulty for anyone wanting to jetski to France would be obtaining insurance in the first place. I'm sure any company would insist on accompany skiers or a support boat.
You could have a chat with Paul Cannel, a Jetski member of RIB.net.

He cruises with his 'ski all through the season in England and has crossed the channel twice (so far) to Alderney.
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Incidently, are the yachts sailing to the Caribbean direct or are they stopping off at the Azores?
They all go their separate ways, either north or south. The original 1978 record was over 24 days non stop. This has now been slimmed to just over 7 days

This is a very interesting place to follow the race with the current record super imposed. The leaders are currently well over the two day mark with just over a day and a half on the clock, however if you turn on the weather forecast feature it would look as if those going south are heading into lighter winds than those going north, its all a tough strategy to work out.

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