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... splendide village, but at time of writing 10.30 pm. The heavens have just openned, the most amazing 5 minute storm has just blown through.
Subject to weather we will be setting off, bound for Ile d'yeu, a small island in the Vendee.
Tomorrow we are hoping to post a blog with pictures while we are underway.
The story devlops at a pace. A canal barge has been changed to a First Class 8 once more. Left Bernard at 10ish and trundled down Arzal ready to go through a monster sea lock for our journey to Pornichet. Weather not bad but rather windier than expected -Ian doesn't do ...
... 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.
On Tuesday, a little reluctantly, we left our hammerhead in Crouesty and went in search of fuel, which was a challenge in itself. There was a reasonable wind blowing which spun us right round when we tried to get onto the fuel pontoon, forcing Mister Kitty to pull us onto the pontoon by our bowline while I tried to get us under control again. Then, of course, we discovered that the machines were broken and we'd have to wait a couple of hours ...
... where Krista's Alex calls home, went smoothly.
The sunny but cool weather was a perfect introduction to this beautiful region! We followed a dedicated cycle path west to the Atlantic, stopping for coffee in the vibrant market town of St. Jean de Monts. After checking out the variety of fish in the Sunday market we will have to eat exclusively fish in order to try them all.
After abandoning the bumpy cycle ...
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