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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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Leg 13 (2015) – La Rochelle to St Martin de Ré

We anchoed in 3m of water by this glorious bay

I was in the middle of a lovely dream when the alarm rudely intruded and woke me.

We had an hour before we needed to be hovering outside the 0645 lock, ready to exit the Les Chalutiers basin. Not a problem. Today, the destination was St Martin de Ré. …

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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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