Cruising on the Canal du Midi - Saturday 20th -27th May 2017

canaldumidiThis event is in the planning stage and needs members to commit as soon as possible to finalise details and enable a significant discount to be obtained by booking in 2016 for a holiday in 2017.

For more information, please click here. (The page is for Members only and is password protected.  If you have lost your password then please click here)

To express an interest and be notified as and when more details become available then please contact Ian or register your interest online below.

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Tour of Bassin d'Arcachon by Pinasse: Thursday 26th May

Arrival and Lunch

We shall meet in a member’s garden in Piraillan at 11.15 /11.30 for an early picnic lunch. Dessert and Coffee supplied but please bring your own picnic)

Pinasse Tour

pinasse-a-arcachonAfter lunch we will drive for 5 minutes to the jetty at le Canon for an excursion at 13:00 in one or more Pinasses.  The Pinasse a classic Arcachon boat originally designed to operate in the shallow waters of the basin for oyster fishing and has a long history of evolution of use.  Each Pinasse for our cruise carries 10 passengers.

The guided tour will visit Ile des Oiseaux, Arcachon Beach, le Mouleau, and Banc d’Arguin which offers great views of Dune du Pilat. It will return along the fascinating Cap Ferret peninsular arriving back at 4pm.


Après Cruise

You are most welcome to return to Annie’s house for a swim in a covered swimming pool (should be warm enough in May for free-form or synchronised swimming as you wish !).


The excursion will cost 35€ (normally 45€) payable in advance. If you would like to join us, please telephone Annie to make your reservation or book online. Annie’s contact details are in the members directory here .

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.


River Cruise and/or walk from Lamarque to Fort Médoc


Hugh, a BBC member, has invited us to enjoy a river cruise and picnic on the Garonne on Saturday 18th April together with members from the Photo Club de Creon.  The boat has been specially chartered for the trip and non-photographers are most welcome to come along and enjoy the cruise and ambiance.

The boat will sail from Bordeaux to Lamarque and then we walk to Fort Médoc for a ‘bring your own’ picnic lunch followed by a c40 minute walk back to the boat and then the return trip to central Bordeaux.


If the timing or departure point of the river cruise is not convenient then consider meeting our boat at Lamarque, arriving at 11:45, and then enjoy the walk in company to Fort Médoc followed by your picnic.


Departure is at 9:45 from the Ponton d’Honneur in central Bordeaux returning at 17.30

  • 9:45 – Board our boat ‘LA SARDANE’ at the Ponton d’Honneur next to the Pont Pierre
  • 11:45 – Arrive at Lamarque
  • c40 minutes walk to Fort Médoc
  • 12:30 – Arrive at Fort Médoc
  • Enjoy your ‘Bring your own picnic’
  • 13:30 – Tour of Fort Médoc
  • 15.00 – Start our walk back to Lamarque (c40 mins)
  • 15:45 – Passenger boarding at the port of Lamarque
  • 17:30 – Arrive back at Ponton d’Honneur  and disembark

The cost is 27€ (revised price) includind 3€ entrance to Fort Médoc  A deposit of 10,80€ is required.



The Ponton d’Honneur is:

Adjacent to the Pont de Pierre on the Bordeaux city side of the bridge

  • In front of the Maison écocitoyenne, Quai Richelieu, 33000 BordeauxTram stop Porte de Bourgogne (Lignes A and C) is directly opposite
  • The water bus, part of the integrated Bordeaux transport system will take you direct to the Ponton d’Honneur (ie ponton = pontoon)

Information on Lamarque is Here
Information on Fort Médoc is Here


An excerpt from the excellent Invisible Bordeaux blog  on the history of Fort Médoc follows:

 fort-medocThe Médoc village of Cussac-Fort-Médoc boasts one of the most grandiose sights in the area: the 17th-century Fort Médoc, one of three fortified structures that make up “le verrou de l’Estuaire” (the bolt of the Gironde estuary), dreamt up by the military architect and engineer Vauban .The story goes that in 1685, Sébastien Le Prestre, better-known as Marquis de Vauban, was surveying the Atlantic coast. Vauban had been appointed Marshal of France (the country’s highest military distinction) under Louis XIV and was on the lookout for any location that might undermine the Sun King’s authority. Assessing the citadel of Blaye, which had often proved vulnerable to British invaders, he established that it would have to be strengthened and that the Estuary as a whole needed to be “locked” in order to protect the city of Bordeaux, further upstream.

 Given the width of the Estuary (more than 3 kilometres at that point), simply reinforcing the citadel of Blaye would not suffice. Vauban therefore drew up more extensive plans to build a fort on an island mid-Estuary (this became Fort Pâté and Île Pâté) and to construct Fort Médoc on left-bank property to be acquired from private land-owners in Cussac. Louis XIV green-lighted the plans and the fortified structure sprang out of the Cussac ground between 1689 and 1690, although work wasn’t complete until 1721.