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Saturday 16th July to Monday 18th July.
We stayed put in Lezardrieux as there was a forecast of some
bad weather, wet & windy, over an extensive area from
Luckily I had arranged to catch up with a friend, who has a
cottage in that part of
Sunday the weather arrived, so apart from dodging showers for a brief walk up to the town in the morning, the rest of the day was for ‘inside’ boat jobs & round tuits, as the wind & rain started in earnest
On Monday we tempted fate & went for a walk. Our route took us inland northwards along narrow roads & tracks & through pretty villages vibrant with flowers. Then we rejoined the coast & returned along the coastal GR (Grande Randonee or French long distance path), inevitably with its ups & down between the rocky bays of this coast.
There was still plenty of wind, especially on the tops of the hills, & lots of threatening black clouds, but we only caught one brief shower soon after we started & reckoned we walked about 10 miles. The rain returned in the evening changing our plan to go up to the town for supper to heading to the nearest resturant on the quayside.
Tuesday 19th July. A 6 am start, wet & dark
as we left the berth, navigation lights on. The tide was starting to run
against us as we headed down the channel between moorings & large beacons
atop rocks. We hoisted the main with one reef & as we got clear of Ile de
Brehat started sailing. Soon a second reef went in to match the little bit of
genoa we had unfurled, but with the wind just forward of the beam we were
stomping along, mostly at 7½ kts plus, & as the rain ceased the sun put in
an appearance. So it turned into a very pleasant sail. We arrived at St Peter
Port, Guernsey, just before 1 pm, found the fuel berth empty & refuelled at
Boats of all shapes & sizes came & went, the yachts & motorboats on the waiting pontoons increased as the harbour launches tried to instil some semblance of order.
Then early evening as the tide came in & covered the
sill they started marshalling boats into the inner harbour,
Wednesday 20th July. An early morning foray in a sea fret to the Port office & a chandlery, the shops & laundrette. By the time the laundry was done the drizzle had turned to very solid rain, so more round tuits. Late afternoon another brief foray during a slight lull in the rain, before battening the hatches down on the wet world.
Thursday 21st July. A better day so in the afternoon we headed south on the coast path. It winds up & down between the very pretty bays on Guernsey’s SE coast, & is fairly strenuous, so after Moulin Huet bay we turned inland up a lovely wooded valley & then took a ‘route tranquil’ (cars give way, & there aren’t many) to return to St Peter Port. About 6 mls.
Friday 22nd July. A sunny day & a relaxed mid
morning start when the tide had risen enough to let us out over the harbour sill.
We were soon clear of the harbour, & sailing close hauled, initially on
starboard with a reef in the main. That soon came out, & later went back in
& out again, as the wind varied round the islands. There were yachts
heading in various directions, lots of gannets & our timing was right to go
through the Swinge. This is the channel between
It was still a lovely day so for a change we took the canoes ashore & then round the bay with its clear water, golden sand rocky outcrops. There were very few tourists about.
Saturday 23rd July. Another relaxed start,
courtesy of the tide, hoisting the main, with a reef, on the mooring. We were
soon sailing, a close reach with a reef in the genny as well. There were a few
yachts, the occasional ship on the horizon, gannets & one small ‘raft’ of
guillemots. Early afternoon the wind went lighter & the reefs came out, but
we were still making a good speed up Channel thanks to the tide. Tea time we
altered course to cross the routing lanes (funnelling ships into the compulsory
shipping lanes) at the recommended right angle. Soon after we needed the reef
back in, then deemed it wise to give way to a large container vessel which
appeared to have no intention of altering course for us although other ships in
the same lane were. We then had to ‘dodge’ again, this time an
Sunday 24th July. Just after midnight we crossed
Surfacing mid morning we went for an all day brunch, followed by a walk along the beach as far as Pevensey Sailing Club – fairly bracing. The day finished with a spectacular sunset.
Monday 25th July. A very early start (about 25 hrs after our arrival!) we were in the lock again, this time outbound & sharing with another yacht & a fishing boat.
Light wind initially had us motoring, after an hour it
picked up a bit & we motor sailed, & by
The first people we saw were Dale & Judie Oliver, on Miss Saigon, from HPYC.
That afternoon we climbed the hill to the Castle as the
Having climbed to the roof for a view over castle, harbour
& town we descended to the underground wartime tunnels where there was an
audio visual display on the
Finally it was drinks on board Miss Saigon with the Olivers.
Tuesday 26th July. Another early start from
Then up the Orwell to Levington & a vacant berth, arriving around teatime. 54.8 nm.
We caught up with a few friends in the Lightship before supper & had an early night.
Wednesday 27th July. We cycled home to
2011 Total Logged Distance 1774.6 nm [engine hours 204.3]