Alkira - 20th June - Port de Crouesty N47 32.49 W02 53.88

Charles & Maggie Bevis
Thu 20 Jun 2013 16:51
We have just spent two very pleasant days in the delightful town of Concarneau.  The fortifications dating back to the 13th century.  

Firstly, we successfully found the right bus to take us to the large out of town supermarket and staggered back with bag loads of provisions.  Enjoyed a very good meal ashore on Tuesday evening at the Ty Cosy restaurant, set a short distance back from the promenade.  On Wednesday morning we walked into the old town and wandered through the streets within the fortifications which was well worth visiting and all beautifully maintained.  Still pleasantly quiet whilst we were there, but after this week, the holidays begin and it’ll be quite different, with hundreds of tourists everywhere.  The old houses have all been renovated and are now delightful cafes and small shops providing many opportunities to purchase home made cakes, pastries and artisan breads, all traditional Breton recipes.  The speciality is Kouign Amann, a pastry made with lots of butter and sugar, not so good if you’re trying to keep your weight down but very delicious and guaranteed to be 100% irresistible. 

We left at midday on Wednesday with the wind behind us, sadly no sunshine, motoring virtually all the way to Belun, just some 12 miles south.  Discovered we have a problem with the mainsail furling gear, which was supposed to have been overhauled by the boatyard whilst we were in Mylor, but we now know that didn’t happen. After some thought, we’ve decided that we will go to Port de Crouesty where we’ll hopefully be able to order spares and Charlie can begin to sort things out.  Until that’s done, the mainsail is ooo! Very useful having an engineer on board.

We left Belun around 10.30 a.m. and gently made our way down river, depth reading showing 0.0 mtrs on a couple of occasions, but safely made it out without touching the bottom. Yet again, it’s another horrible grey and chilly day, but the wind was behind us so not too cold.  Had to motor sail all the way, but the genoa did get an airing. 

Arrived in the marina at Port de Crouesty 5.30 p.m. Presently anticipating being here for a couple of days. Quickly tied up and cockpit tent raised as windy and threat of lots of rain coming our way.  Excellent timing though as now G&T o’clock!