The South Biscay Pilot was first published in 1971 and was one of many titles given to the Pilotage foundation by the late Robin Brandon. In 2000 John Lawson used his considerable practical experience to build on the work of his predecessors to produce the fifth edition; his sixth edition followed in 2006.
The Pilotage Foundation is now grateful to Steve Pickard who took over the task of compiling recent supplements and has now prepared this seventh edition. To author any pilot book is a long and arduous task, in both reconnaissance and in writing; this is particularly so for these waters. Steve sailed them extensively during his updating. His numerous photographs from sea and land combine with those from the air by Patrick Roach to illustrate this work well.
The long coastline lying downwind of the Bay of Biscay and subject to swell, storm and fog, may not appeal to everyone. However, with modern boats, the availability of effective weather forecasts, along with the improving facilities many more yachtsmen are now exploring the area during the summer months. Those considering a cruise there may be inspired by the Author’s Preface.
South Biscay is part of our family of pilot books which are supported by Passage Planning Guides on www.rccpf.org.uk. Please visit our website and send us your feedback on South Biscay and other areas.
List of Ports ix
Cruising on the Atlantic coast of France and Spain Technical and navigational information
I. Atlantic France
La Gironde to Hendaye
French Basque ports
II. Pais Vasco
Pasajes to Bilbao
Pasajes to Elanchove
Mundaca to Bilbao
Castro Urdiales to Rabia
Castro Urdiales to Santander
Rio de San Pedro del Mar to Rabia
San Vicente de la Barquera to Ribadeo
San Vicente de la Barquera to Luanco
Ensenada de Lumeres to Ribadeo
Rinlo to Bares
Rinlo to Barquero
Espasante to A Coruna
1. List of lights
5. Useful Spanish/English