St Denis D’Oleron,
We left Les Sables after getting
bored of waiting for a weather window to cross Biscay. We had a rolly passage South past Ile de
Re, with the Westerly swell still strong from the recent strong winds so
although the sun was shining it wasn’t the most pleasant of passages, even
though the wind was nicely on the beam and we had some nice 3-sail
reaching. However as we got into
the shelter of Ile d’Oleron, the swell eased and we dropped the sails and
motored into this sandy little marina.
You can only get in on the top half of the tide and we found that when
the tide went out, we were actually sat gently on the bottom at our
pontoon! Luckily it is only soft
mud and we can only just have been touching.
St Denis is a chilled out, sandy
holiday town with campsites, sand dunes, pine trees, beach huts and lots of
boats. There is a children’s
playground at the top of the pontoon, a beach (with a lovely beach bar) just 50
metres to the left, and another beach 200 metres to the right. What more could you ask
We spent a couple of days in St
Denis, chilling out on the beach and following the daily routine of school,
shopping, washing, boat jobs, etc.
We were also keeping an eye on the forecast for a suitable window for
crossing Biscay. Finally, the
forecasts started to sound positive and at 0815 on Sat 21st August,
we cast off from France, bound for Spain.
Another day, another