The RYA issues the following advice

French fishermen have blockaded the ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk in protest against the EU fishing quotas.

There is currently no information as to when these blockades will be lifted or how long the fishermen’s protest will go on for, but the RYA has spoken to the port at Cherbourg and they do not expect to be blockaded. However, this situation may change.

The RYA advises those considering a cruise across the Channel in the near future to:

Listen to the news regularly to keep up to date with the political mood; you might be able to judge when blockade action is more or less likely.

Factor weather, time and tide – which may affect your cruise and intended destinations. Time may be critical, and if this is the case and you cannot afford to be blockaded, it may well be prudent not to go.

Contact the port authorities or marina at your intended destination and potential alternative ports of refuge prior to your departure to establish the current and likely situation. Local authorities are likely to have a better understanding of the true situation locally. Clearly this will not protect you from wildcat action.

Prepare for an extended voyage in your passage planning. Is the crew and vessel up to it should you wish to sail past a blockaded port?

Do not take on the fishermen.

If you do experience any problems please let the RYA know by emailing