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Ambushed by the weather

Endless black clouds and high winds assail us

Own up – who turned our brilliant weather off?

The 6 weeks following our departure from Audierne on 12th June have been utterly glorious. Sun cream by the gallon (well, not quite), calm seas and blue skies, all courtesy of a friendly Azores high pressure system spreading its wings over Play d’eau. It was perfect. …

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Leg 9 – Île d’Yeu to Les Sables d’Olonne – 11 July 2013

The chart of our planned SE'ly track to Sables d'Olonne

The forecast was right. The NE’ly had reached F5 again. Looking over the harbour wall showed a mass of white. Masts of departing yachts were bucking like a bronco as they made headway with water cascading over their bows. I suspect that if I was a yachtsman, I’d be shouting, ‘Yee Ha!’ Hmmm …

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A bus, a walk, a marriage, and another bus

Bride and Groom and Dad catch the bus home from the reception

Lin won. It was 27°C and exceedingly hot. I said we should hire a car with air-con; Lin said we should walk. Between these two extremes were hiring a mini-moke or cycling for which there are many Location de Vélos in Port Joinville …

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Out of Brittany into Vendée

The courtesy ensign of Vendée, now being worn from Play d'eau's port crosstrees

Oops! We hadn’t realised that by moving south from Vannes to Ile d’Yeu we were leaving the Department of Brittany and sailing into that of Vendée, a department in the Pays de la Loire region of west central France …

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Leg 8 – Vannes to Île d’Yeu – 5 July 2013

Lin at the flybridge helm under the bimini for shade from a very hot sun

I confess that far too much Breton cider and Pastis was consumed and far too many olives fresh from the buzzing farmers’ market that morning; black in herbs and green in pesto. We had been invited for drinks by retired Chris and Sue of Aquitaine, a British yacht moored three places along …

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