Mon 13 Aug 2012 14:00
Monday August 13th
We arrived Sainte Marine, opposite Benodet, from Port Tudy, Ile de Groix, on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, the winds were light so we had to motor most of the way. We managed to hoist the cruising chute but there wasn't enough wind to keep it flying, so we took it down after only twenty minutes. We'd had more luck on the crossing from Sauzon to Port Tudy the previous day, when we were doing 6 knots with the cruising chute for quite a while in barely 13-14 knots of wind.
We'd hoped to head North today towards Morgat and Camaret by way of Port Yvette. However, the forecast said visibility was going to be poor with rain in the morning. There are also 40 knot winds forecast for Wednesday, so we are staying where we are for the next few days until the heavy weather blows through. Hopefully, we will be able to continue our Northward progress by Thursday. Inevitably, this delay of several days means we won't get to Falmouth by this coming weekend. Hopefully, we will make it by early next week but more heavy weather is forecast then so we will just have to see how we get on.
As we have been unable to sail today, we have come to Quimper by bus. It's a very attractive town about an hour's bus ride from where we are moored. It has some very fine, almost medieval-looking buildings in the streets close to the cathedral. We've just had a good lunch of moules mariniere with frites and will spend the next few hours here before heading back to the boat.
Getting connected to the intenet has not been straightforward in most of the places we have visited recently, so the next time you hear from us we may be back in England. We will do what we can !
With best wishes from the three of us,
Bill, Graham + Sheena