THE TRIP SOUTH - Part 1
The trip south
far (I am writing this in Portosin in north-east
Leaving Southampton on the 26th August, we stopped overnight of Yarmouth before a quick trip across the Channel and along the north coast of Brittany, with overnight stops at Alderney and Trebeuden to L’Aber–Wrach, where we stopped for a couple of nights (we like the pizzas in La Paule too much).
We left L’Aber-Wrach in thick, thick fog (see what I mean by eventful moments?), before the sun came out and we motored in flat calm to Camaret, where we picked up a visitors buoy and sat in hot sunshine for the first time this summer!
It couldn’t last, and didn’t! That night we had one of the most impressive thunder storms I have ever seen with almost constant lightning – you could read a book by it. However the up-side was a very clean boat in the morning.
Camaret to Loctudy in southern
day, our friends Robin and Sheila together with Nigel and Crystal (all ex-New
Forest, but now firmly ensconced in
had always promised the builders of the cat, Tournier Marine, that we would
return to Soubise with the boat when she was complete. So we set off from Loctudy
mid-morning for a sail of about 180 miles towards the River Charente. However
with a force 5 westerly wind the boat was bowling along for hour after hour at
a steady 10 knots, with bursts to 14 knots. By Ile d’Yeu it was patently
obvious that we were going to arrive at the passage between Ile de Re and the
mainland and under the bridge to
arrived in the morning at the mouth of the river Charente and kicked the first
of the ebb tide the 10 miles up to the
Dec 2006 Back on the same pontoon at Soubise Sep 2008