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- Off to La Rochelle ready for Bastille day, started with big spinnaker aand full main, there is little wind so dropped the spinnaker and motoring, but still quite bumpy hence going to ostop typing expecting to be parked up in La Rochelle by 6 ...
... 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.
... our sails away, but we went up the channel to Port Olonna marina without incident.
We stayed in Sables for a couple of nights after a few days of hard sailing, allowing us to explore a little (and take a very very long walk in search of a supermarket. We eventually had to ask for directions from a very nice woman in a boulangerie who drew us half a map with some confusing instructions, but we got there in the end). ...
We had a much more leisurely start the next morning, setting off at around 11:30 with bright sun and much calmer seas than the day before.
With lighter winds the spinnaker was actually a good idea, and it bore us steadily along towards Joinville on the Ile d'Yeu. We'd hoped to be able to anchor for the ...
... 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.
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