For many years I have relied on my travel insurance to cover me for sailing charters. I recently discovered that cover only extends to 15 miles offshore. So, sailing to Cherbourg from the Needles means there is a 30-mile gap mid-Channel. I think the odds of needing insurance cover in that distance are small - I am more interested in covering charter costs if something stops me going in the first place - but you may want to check your policy covers all that you think it does.
The Spring 2021 RYA Members magazine has an article about cruising abroad this season onwards. Some key points (as of February 2021) for us (and my personal comments in italics) are: "Although the principles of the new arrangements are clear enough, the practical interpretation of the new rules remains uncertain" UK citizens will not need a visa to visit Schengen Area (for GSA sailing, that means the near Continent plus Eire - we don't know what the implications for crossing
The Government has published a response to the consultation on plans to end the availability of red diesel on its current basis -- an extract of the parts affecting pleasure craft is shown below. The full response can be read by clicking here . Basically, they seem to have been swayed by arguments regarding difficulties in having separate supplies for commercial and private pleasure vessels. We will be able to buy red diesel and only the declared element used for propulsion w