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Sailing Tidal Europe

Tidal Europe coasts offer some of the most demanding and rewarding cruising in the world. More sailing skills are needed than when cruising the Mediterranean and Baltic. Careful planning must take account of tidal heights and streams, occasional poor visibility, and heavy commercial traffic. Each region offers its own distinct charms, and all together there is superb variety. The North Sea, the Irish Sea, and France south of Royan have less to offer cruisers, except as passage routes.

Weather and tidal challenges split Tidal Europe broadly into the hardy north, and the softer south. The Raz de Sein is our dividing line.

Chartering is popular in W Scotland, SW Ireland, from the Solent,  from several ports in the SW of England, and from  French ports south of Ushant.

If you're new to the challenges of tidal mooring, have a look at these diagrams.

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