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John back on blog duties today, we set off for an easy 15 miles journey accross the Loire estuary to noirmoutier, in little wind so motoring.
A few navigating issues, channels to follow plenty of rocks and shallow water. Plus loads of ships travelling up the Loire to Saint Nazaire.
So easy day nice evening in a ...
... our intended anchorage wouldn't be at all sheltered from the northerly winds overnight, so once again we headed into a marina and grumbled about the cost.
On the bright side, no more were seven layers of clothing required! Jeans and a hoodie were the order of the day, and this was about to improve still ...
... hit us and Jade took off about 60 degrees in the wrong direction. I got her back under control with some difficulty and we decided very swiftly that the spinnaker was coming straight back down. We didn't need it anyway, our normal sails were giving us a great turn of speed with the wind we were getting.
We settled ourselves down on our pontoon and got down to toasting our success.
... for a quiet road we enjoyed rolling past the white-washed houses with red tiled rooves and azur blue shutters. As traffic increased we were very impressed with the courtesy shown to us by camper vans, cars and buses in waiting to safely pass us as we clung to the narrow shoulder!
We now have are first day behind us - 53 kl - and we have to admit that we're feeling a little pooped!!!
... time via the causeway. The road back led us through salt pans, smallholdings & market gardens, then we called in at an Intermarché in the big town of Challans; I really like the French idea of huge hoardings advertising their supermarkets, especially as they always give directions for how to find them. Back at the van, dinner with wine then preparing for the journey to Brittany occupied our ...
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking