With our shrouds showing a French courtesy flag and
no Q flag we are much happier. Moved away from Bourg de Saintes to Islet a
Cabrit. Out of the wind a little more but away from the wake of ferries
and swell from the open sea making the biggest difference.
Water is quite clear again so snorkelling over the
anchor and into the beach was easy. We are now just off a 'garden' of sand
eels, standing on their tails in search of food, funny things look like weeds
until you swim down and they see you only to retract into their holes for
protection. All clear and they pop up again waving in the current.
After a swim it was time to remove our first big family of barnacles from below
the water line, Granddaddies on the top of the rudder were the toughest, we are
now working on a method of flossing between the rudder and the hull which will
solve the problem but not make us rich. The hundreds of little fish
surrounding the boat went bananas as bits of barnacles sank to the bottom, how
popular are we?
Big treat tonight we found moules and frites (
McCain oven chips, thank you Simon in Oz for introducing us to them!) in
the supermarket. The first chips we have had on board. Mmm.
Along with some great looking bread from one of about six bakers we have
seen in town. Thank goodness the strike has not effected The