Bastille Day Cruise

  • 10/07/2014
  • 16/07/2014
  • On the water


  • For CSC crew members
  • For CSC boat skippers only

Registration is closed
Bastille Day Cruise

The aim is to spend 12, 13 and 14 July at Honfleur (and possibly 11 July), departing on the morning of 15 July to return to the Solent. This will enable the crews to enjoy the Bastille Day celebrations on Monday and explore the beautiful town of Honfleur. There is a market on Saturday.

Nab Tower to Honfleur is 81NM and prevailing SW winds would allow a fast passage on a beam reach. Skippers may want to make either a day or night passage from the Solent. If the tidal gate for the Seine is missed then Le Havre (9NM from Honfleur) has a marina with all tidal access.

It is vital to time the entry into the Seine (see below)

Date            LW            HW            Coefficient

11 July        0405          0934                 81
                  1633          2156                 87

12 July        0502         1023                  92
                  1729          2245                 98

13 July        0558          1114                101
                  1824           2333               105

14 July        0652          1202                106
                  1916                                 107

15 July                         0020                106
                  0742          1250                104
The Lock to Honfleur is open 24 hours a day, (Inbound open on the hour, outbound open on the half hour). Because of the very strong  tides in the Chenal de Rouen (Part of the Seine estuary) entry into the lock from the river is strongly advised between LW Le Havre +1 30 and HW Le Havre -1 00. Departure is advised between HW -1  and LW. In other words entering on the flood and leaving on the ebb.
It should be noted that the tidal coefficients are very high on 12, 13, 14 and 15 July. A mean spring tide is 95 and a very big spring tide is 120.

: 6 or 7 days depending on boats and conditions

Note:  On line registrations close on the Saturday night before.

Organiser: Bill Callaghan

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