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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 ...
... building was white-walled and terracotta-roofed, and very Mediterranean-looking indeed.
It was a good, fast sail - the waves made it slightly bumpier than we'd have liked, particularly coming into the marina's very narrow entrance. When the wind dropped a little halfway there Mister Kitty persuaded me it was a good idea to get our light wind spinnaker up. As soon as it was set, ...
... 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!!!
11 miles (cycling)
Woke up this morning to light rain, wind and heavy cloud. Very windy in the night – the tent was creaking and flapping wildly. Got up late and had breakfast inside. Watched "Earth after Man" on the internet in bed and waited until the weather got a bit better.
We cycled out to the Port du Bonhomme, an oyster processing area not far from our ...