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Leg 10 (2105) – Rochefort to La Rochelle

The early ,morning sun chases the cloud away

We’d be unable to anchor out. The wind was forecast to rise significantly in the afternoon and stay strong overnight.

Our plan had been to leave peaceful Rochefort at HW when the lock gate opened and anchor overnight at the southern end of Île d’Aix before making passage the next day to the St Denis marina on the island of d’Oléron. …

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Leg 9 (2105) – La Rochelle to Rochefort

John and Beryl have joined us for a fortnight

Our dear friends, John and Beryl, have joined us after a nine year absence from cruising.

Flying into La Rochelle two days ago, we’ve already been having a ball; dinner at Safron (first there, last to leave), exploring the ancient town and climbing the recently restored tower that guards the entrance to the vieux port. …

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Mud, mud, glorious mud

The mud bank by the entry to the lock from the river

On our way was to Rochefort we travelled 12 miles up the beautiful river Charente, where the colour of the water became more and more brown-green. By the time we arrived the colour was so dense that nothing could be seen if it was much more than an inch below the surface. …

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What did we do in Rochefort?

Before and After

I needed a haircut. Lin said, rather too eagerly, ‘I’ll do it.’ This would be a first in the 47 years since we started going out together. I said, ‘no.’ She said, ‘think of the savings.’ I said, ‘no.’ She said, ‘I did all our boy’s haircuts until they were 11.’ I said, ‘no’. Lin said, ‘trust me, I know what I’m doing.’ I said, ‘no,’ my voice beginning to show my annoyance …

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L’Hermione – a 26 cannon fast frigate

L'Hermione in wet dock at Rochefort

At 66m LOA, a beam of 11.24m and a displacement of 1,082 tonnes with her 26 canons and ammunition, the three masted L’Hermione is a replica of the eighteenth century jewel of the French navy. Commanded by Comte de La Touche-Tréville, L’Hermione was originally launched in 1779 at Rochefort’s naval dockyard …

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Leg 11 – La Rochelle to Rochefort – 31 July 2013

There are many of these huts on stilts with huge nets along the Charente

We’ve had a great time in the Bassin des Chalutiers. One of our sons, his wife and two children came to meet us for a day; we met Pat and Michelle who spend their life racing their Class 40 yacht, Croix du Sud, all over the world – literally; we explored …

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