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Crossing the Channel by boat: Everything you need to know

While local weekend jaunts are enjoyable, there’s something about an open-sea passage abroad that feels like proper cruising. Yet there’s a crucial difference between coast-hopping and being out of sight of land even for a few hours, especially for inexperienced navigators. The main anxiety is being caught offshore by worsening…

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Cruising Arcachon: Exploring the basin by charter boat

Arcachon is an extraordinary inland sea on the French Biscay coast, 70 miles south of Royan and the mouth of the Gironde. The dead straight shore between Royan and Arcachon is one continuous golden beach backed by dunes and vast pine forests, a paradise for sun worshippers. The final approaches…

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10 idyllic island retreats to explore by boat

When cruising, I am always drawn towards small islands, where the feeling of being entirely surrounded by water is obvious as you glimpse the sea in all directions. Perhaps this attraction harks back to a childhood spent reading Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. In any case,…

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Cruising Corsica: Top 20 reasons to explore the island

Corsica is probably Europe’s most spectacular island, a natural summer destination for Mediterranean boats. About 100 miles long, this unique French region has a high mountainous spine falling dramatically to the sea. Perfectly spaced harbours await you at the end of each day, when sea breezes die and a rosy…

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Boat test: SEAir foiling RIB

Could SEAir's foiling RIB change boating forever? We head to their HQ in France to test it out. Read all about it and watch the video here