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A straightforward, day to day account of what we have done during the current year's cruise. What we found may help others. I hope that anyone interested in the area will cherry pick rather than trying to read from start to finish.

Our boat is a Hallberg Rassy 34, Anhinga. Home port is Darthaven, Kingswear opposite Dartmouth
Mainly due to age, Jennifer and I cannot now sail unaided. This year, plansare for our daughter, Jayne, to sail with us to St Peter Port. Our son, John will join us there and sail with us to and around Brittany. John’s wife, Penni, and small dog, Timmy will join us somewhere or other. They will take a break from the oldies tor a fortnight sailing in thr Ionian.

Ports visited

St Peter Port
Lézardrieux
Roscoff
L’Aber Wrac’h
Camaret
Audierne



To St Peter Port, 28 June. 72 miles.

This could have been a disaster. Clearing the River Dart, we found that the autohelm was not working. OK, Jayne said that she would steer manually with a little assistance from Jennifer and none from me – my AMD is too bad. Then, the navigation software was not working on my iPad although I could ude the cell phone with its independent satellite connection, i.e. not via AIS. Then the log was not working. The log was gunged up; I cleared that. I sorted the iPad iSailor settings. The auto help problem remained. Otherwise, it was a good sail with a F4/5 initially gradually becoming mainly F4. North of Guernsey the wind dropped and we had to motor-sail to reach Platter Fougere. We arrive with the last of the daylight.

At St Peter Port

After moving into the marina, the marina made contact with a Raymarine engineer who agreed to come and check the autohelm. Sea Tech, Ian Hoskins did a good job. Total cost, £1300. We had an excellent meal at the Slaughterhouse. Jayne did a little shopping before returning home on the Sunday. We now await the arrival of John to get us down to France.

We had hoped to go to Lézardrieux on Monday, 8th but winds were a little too strong and it would have been a very wet sail. the next window looks like being Thursday, 11th. The weather really is terrible for July. We cannot remember having to wait in such bad weather. Of course, it seems longer for Jennifer and me because we have been here since the 28th. Nevertheless, such a long spell of bad weather is virtually unknown at thie time of year.

To Lézaedeieux, 11 Julu. 45 miles.

The forecast was light, mainly N’lu. We had about 90 minutes good sailing. Arrived Lézardrieux early enough for a boat buoay to show us to a berth, It was our first use of the Formulaire allowing us to enter without the formality of a customs visist. We submitted our online form the previous day. On arrival we were given a stamped, dated form saying that we were n France legally, A big improvement.

At Lézardrieux

Friday is market day here! As usually is the case, the quality of the food was great. The boulamgerie here is one of the best. I need say no more.

To Roscoff. 14 Julu, 48 miles.

Another light wind motor-sailing day. What may well be our last French cruise is not going well. Roscoff is a convenient stopover along this coast but is far removed from shops and restaurants. For the past 112 years there have been two good restaurants,,one was a depot de pain. Both are now closed. Any food, including bread is a mile or mor walk or bus ride. As it was pouring wuth rain, it was a far from perfect day! The main consolation, to counter the negatives is having John on board. His different views on siling and passage pkanning are a challenge.

At Roscoff

The next day started wet. The Météo France forecast for Roscoff was rain until 1800. Luckily, they cannot have used their normally good AROME forecast. The raik ceased at noon. We took the free service into Roscoff for a good crepe lunch and a little basic shopping. A plus is that Ross, Wei Wei, Ishbel and V erity are coming tomorrow morning. Ross’s boat Gemini II is still being repaired after the first named storm this year. Like the 1987 storm it hit Brittany far more the UK.

TO L’Aber Wrac’h 17 July, 36 miles.

Another sail with too little wind. There was a sea breeze but not enough. We rafted up by a Jersey yacht with whom we had a long chat so dir not eat until 10pm. Tide time and forecast not easy, We like L’Aber Wrac’h but did not want to stay for 5 mights. The decision is to leave around 1300 hours tomorrow for Camaret.

To Camaret. 17th July, 35 miles.

Force majeure, ie unfavourable wind for the next few days if we did not carry on straight away. Apart from a sailing wind across the Rade de Brest, it was motoring on a nice sunny day. Camaret was unusually quiet for the time of the year. Never our favourite port due to the showers/toilets being in a cellar built by Vauban in the 17th century, we like the town. Good walks, good shopping and a good Super U. There are many restaurants but, this time, we pushed the boat out at Thalassa. Expensive but good.

  

To Audierne. 21st July, 28 miles.

At last, a good sail. Winds 4 or 5 on a reach gave us a fast sail to the Raz de Sein got us there just about high water. Bearing off for the leg to Audierne it was still strong enough to be arriving with not too strong a flow. We had telephoned in, as is now advised, and got a berth on a finger not the usual hammerhead. The young lady duty harbourmaster was very helpful.

At Audierne

Woke up to a thick mist. Monday is never a good shopping day in France but the covered market had all we needed. We walled a little way downstream to show John the sand banks that appear at low water.