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Date: 01 Aug 2009 14:04:00
Title: News & Photos from Cameret-Sur-Mer

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Jonathan joined us on Tuesday night and we celebrated, with our last curry
and ale in the UK for hopefully a while! .. On Wednesday 29th we set off
from Falmouth at 9pm for our first big crossing. With a two day weather
window (at last!) we set off on a 17 hour overnight and day sail to Cameret
Sur Mer, near Brest in Brittany, France. We spotted a whale soon after
leaving but couldn't identify what type. It was a cloudless night, stunning
moon and stars, with a strong westerly wind of 25 - 30 knots. With one reef
in the main, we maintained an average speed of 7.5 knots, peaking at times
at 9. A lumpy sea (the occasional 20 foot wave) meant a sleepless night for
those not on watch. We arrived in Cameret on Thursday afternoon, exhausted
and happy, and celebrated hard that night in a Rum Bar, after some good blue
steak. Sun at last! But not for long.. The rain has now followed us.
Shane has at last found his white sand and beach, a very happy dolphin, and
spent most of yesterday snorkelling and swimming. There is a festival going
on in Cameret at the moment, the waterfront street filled with a lively
parade of musicians and entertainers. Saxophones and bagpipes! It's a
lovely Breton town, with a pretty, bustling, waterfront. We are catching
mackerel, Tackle Tape and Horatio (Jonathan) are happy fishermen. It looks
like we'll be here until next Wednesday 5th August, when it seems we have
our next weather window for the Biscay crossing to La Coruna, Spain.

The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:

m_1 Goodbye UK
m_2 Goodbye Falmouth
m_3 Horatio at the helm
m_4 Moonscape
m_5 Shane about to be swamped by monster wave
m_6 Daybreak with one of the menacing tankers
m_7 Hello France
m_8 Sandy beach


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