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Leg 14 (2015) – St Martin de Ré to Les Sables d’Olonne

The small town is a maze of alleyways adorned with Hollyhocks

John and Beryl’s fortnight of cruising on Play d’eau had come to an end.

Amidst tears, damp handkerchiefs and endless wavings, the taxi drove slowly down the road, over the roundabout and on to La Rochelle’s airport.

We stood a while, looking, and hoping beyond hope that the taxi would turn around and come back. …

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When do we return to Guernsey?

Calm seas as the sun rises

Whilst moored in Port Garnier marina, Les Sables d’Olonne, local trawlers of all sizes pass us by heading for their cooperative some 300m beyond the marina. Since they bring fresh catch every moment of the day, we really don’t mind the noise or being tossed around by their wakes since the cooperative’s …

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Leg 14 – St Martin de Ré to Les Sables d’Olonne – 11 August 2013

Ian and Wendy on their Moody 422, bound for the Caribbean

A UNESCO World Heritage site, St Martin is Île de Ré’s historic capital and ancient port surrounded by the citadel. Small, old, buzzing with life, and we cherish our time there.

Ian and Wendy’s Moody 422 yacht, Silver Slipper, was moored directly behind us …

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Leg 13 – St Denis to St Martin de Ré – 8 August 2013

St Martin de Re - our mooring overlapped the yachts in front

Port St Denis d’Oléron was crowded. The only visitors’ pontoon was tightly packed and Play d’eau was on the inside of a raft of four. The Capitainerie staff were brilliant. Under their direction boats were shuffled to give us an outside position against an old beautiful (but actually brand new) 60’ twin masted …

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Leg 10 – Les Sables d’Olonne to La Rochelle – 18 July 2013

M. Christian, Harbour Master, guided us through the lock gate and to our berth

As dawn was preparing to make her golden appearance to grace another red hot day, there was just enough light to see the trawlers off-loading their night’s catch at the maritime cooperative. The Bassin des Chalutiers at La Rochelle was today’s destination …

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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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