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Leg 20 (2015) – Roscoff to Beaucette

A Mach 2 fly-past

Drat! Given a recurring gearbox problem and deteriorating weather forecasts, we made the decision to forgo our ‘jolly’ along the north Brittany coast and return straight to Beaucette.

After a day off and a lovely walk into Roscoff, we were ready to leave. …

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Leg 23 – Tréguier to Paimpol – 12 September 2013

Leaving Treguier along the still waters of the river

We had entered the Rivre de Tréguier in the rain, the mist and a F4, and we left the Rivre de Tréguier in the rain, the mist and a F4. Reality was as forecast. A warm front was dithering over Tréguier casting its gloom in the form of mist and light rain, aided and abetted by a F4 from the N …

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Treguier Marina

The cathedral in Treguier's square

Tréguier, on the north coast of Brittany, is one of our favourite places in which to while away a few days absorbing the beauty and stillness of the river and walking around the small town with its many ancient buildings dating back to the sixth century.

Hot chocolate (large) in the square sitting opposite the 14th century cathedral is de rigueur as one contemplates the difficult decision of which boulangerie to choose for your next supply of croissants. …

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Leg 22 – Roscoff to Tréguier – 6 September 2013

The cold front hovering over Roscoff and the Bay of Morlaix

Let’s call this leg, ‘Never poke your tongue out at the rain’. The last few days of our week’s stay in Roscoff had seen thick fog which didn’t really clear until after lunch, leaving the air cold and damp. …

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Roscoff Bloscon Marina

Bloscon marina

Bloscon is already a great marina, and next year will be simply superb. M. Frédérie Boccou, Maître du Port, spent forty minutes with me unravelling the creation of the Bloscon complex, and detailed the next and last developments to bring the marina to completion by May 2014 …

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Leg 21 – L’Aber Wrac’h to Roscoff – 30 August 2013

Large patches of weed were waiting to strangle our props and rudders

Three weeks ago when we left Rochefort, we had the distinct feeling we were starting our journey home; latitude was increasing and we were heading north – homeward bound. The feeling became a reality yesterday on reaching L’Aber Wrac’h …

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