Crossing The Channel

“Jessica” is a 1999 Hardy Seawings 277 and we have been her owners and crew for just over a year. This blog will follow our adventures crossing  the channel with friends on our annual holiday

One of pleasures of living on the South Coast is that it is in striking distance of mainland Europe, it is only 60 nms to Cherbourg or a bit further to the Channel Islands. In comparison it is 80 nms to Torquay

However crossing the Channel can be like a game of chess, you need to be several moves ahead. Crossing one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. dodging super tankers, high speed ferries and container ships all doing 20 knots is not for the fainthearted.


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
A quick trip across the channel to France, Belgium or Holland might leave you thinking that you don’t need anything extra to take your boat abroad, but what happens when you do meet the “jobsworth” official, who wants to see your paperwork in full. Do you have the correct papers ready to satisfy a foreign customs official or do you risk the possibilities of your boat being impounded and significant fines?
Other than the obvious planning such as do we have enough water, fuel, food, gin; there is all the necessary paperwork to sort out.

  • passports
  • boat insurance
  • boat registration
  • radio licence
  • certificate of competence
  • proof of paid VAT
  • courtesy flags for each country to be visited
  • Q flag
  • safety equipment
  • passage plan
  • contingency plan

Official RYA blurb
Clothing is always an  issue. Is it going to be hot enough for shorts? Do I need thermals? Might as well pack the lot – you can never have enough shoes…..


5 knts – S -light breeze

crossing the channel - sunny