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Date: 22 Jul 2006 18:19:23
Title: Stay in Concarneau

Date: 22-07-06     Time: 16:00 UTC      Position: 47:52.21N  003:54.80W   Name: Concarneau 

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Concarneau fant vi ut var en såpass fin by, og havneforholdene greie, at vi ville legge inn en hviledag her. Samme fine været igjen, men en mye friskere bris fra sjøen som holder temperaturen til det behagelige. Det ble en del småjobber for Nigel - som fant en båt-butikk som hadde noen deler som trengtes for et par reparasjoner. Mat til fire dager ble handlet inn på supermarkedet som ligger et par steinkast fra havnen. Lørdag er tydeligvis dagen der charter-båtene skal innleveres og utleveres, så det har vært en del aktiviteter med det i havnen idag. Rart å se hvor mange unge folk, mat og vin kan stues ombord i forholdsvis små båter. Vi så en båt på 32 fot med åtte ombord, som hadde tre supermarked-trillevogner med mat og vin - alt fikk plass ombord uten at vannet kom faretruende høyt på skutesiden.
 
Igår kveld kom to båter inn til havnen som hadde motortrøbbel. Den ene (fransktalende Belgiere) hjulpet av en av de havneansatte i en plastbåt med påhengsmotor som bukserte ham på plass. Så rett etterpå kom en båt seilende fra sjøen, som også så ut til å prøve å legge til. Vi sprang for å hjelpe, og fikk ham velberget til brygga. Disse folkene var Engelske og fikk beskjed av den samme havneansatte at havnen var full, han ikke kunne hjelpe dem, og at de bør seile til neste havnen som er fem sjømil unna rett imot vinden. De hadde mistet propellen fra leiebåten sin, men leieselskapet ordnet opp idag og det kom dykker med ny propell og alt var i skjønneste orden innen lunsj.
 
Dagens bilder - Nigel skifter motoroljen - både varmen og faren for oljesøl gjør at jobben gjøres best naken. Rønnaug svinger i hengekøya.
 
 

English version

We found out that Concarneau was such a nice place, and the harbour conditions to our tastes, that we made today a rest day here. The same nice weather again, but a bit more breeze which has kept everything more pleasant when above deck. Time then for some odd jobs which have been building up - aided by finding a chandlers who had some bits needed for a couple of minor repair jobs. We also bought food for the next four days from the local supermarket - which had a good selection of fish, meat and vegetables. Saturday is obviously the day when the charter boats come back before their new crews come to take them out for their cruising. This kept us entertained a bit - not all seemed too familiar with manoeuvring boats in confined spaces in a cross wind, but we only had to jump up once to fend off a wayward boat in danger of sliding sideways into us. It is incredible how many people can fit into relatively small boats - we saw eight young (20-25) French boys and girls in a 32 foot boat, in addition to three full supermarket trolleys of food and wine. Surprisingly the boat floated after all was on board, and they left the harbour in good spirits.
 
Yesterday evening two boats in succession came in with motor problems. First a boat with French speaking Belgians were helped in by one of the marina employees in a dory, who dragged them into the harbour and helped them tie up alongside another boat. Minutes later a charter boat came sailing towards the pontoon - clearly attempting to lay to under sail. With some hard shoving by me we got them alongside with only a small scratch on the bow. They were English, and had been refused help by the same marina employee - he told them the harbour was full and that they must sail to the next harbour some five miles away dead against the breeze. This boat had lost its propeller - but the charter company sent a diver around today and fixed a new one - so they were pretty happy.
 
Today's pictures are of Nigel changing the motor oil - both the temperature and the danger of getting oil on ones clothing advocates doing the job naked. The other picture shows Rønnaug in her hammock suspended over the foredeck.
 

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