Out of Weymouth
Chris & Sally Longstaff
Fri 14 Jul 2006 21:12
Apologies to all those waiting for a first bulletin (and sign of life ) from Moondance.
Delayed in Weymouth 2 days while essential last minute modifications made, and technical hitches overcome; Iridium and Laptop failing to talk to each other. Those of you laying early bets on which part of the boat would be first to stop talking to the other were probably caught out by that !
Wednesday morning and away at last...Moondance slipped her mooring in Portland on an appropriately full moon. Passage plan 0445am departure.
A bright and sunny channel crossing; but motoring all the way. 14 long hours to Guernsey. Having lost two days we are now obliged to press on harder. Moored outside the main harbour for quick getaway and meal ashore, 'Mexican' by the quay.
0900 out of Guernsey and on to Trebeurden....again mostly motoring.One hours indulgence with the MPG! Late afternoon and the heavy cloud cleared to reveal blue sky.In to Treb' for our first experience of this seasons French cuisine (Moondance to award stars as appropriate) Not as impressive as the coincidence with Bastille day celebrations ! The local brass band and most fantastic firework display on the beach, Vive La Republic!!
Thursday, and a full on sail to L'Aberwrach. Rough, very windy,chasing our tails all the way. Exhausting but good. Traumatic river mooring in high winds.Heading for Brest tomorrow to collect additional crew from airport.