Category: France

Crossing the Bay of Biscay

France to Spain, the famous Bay of Biscay, a notoriously challenging bit of water to cross.  I admit I was nervous but also had a wee feeling of excitement thrown in along with the apprehension of what we would find out there.  So many…

Road Trip La Rochelle to Bordeaux

After a rolly night on anchor off Île de Ré we sailed the the short 12 nautical miles into La Rochelle.  We had chosen the expensive (but much better) option to berth right up in the city basin rather than at the massive yacht…

French Island Fun in the Sun, Swimming and Scrubbing

Summer has arrived at long last!  Almost three years since we left Australia and two rather cold years sailing northern Europe we have found the sun and are loving it! It actually took a few days to acclimatise after being cold for so long,…

200 Nautical Miles of Brittany Coast

It was not all clear skies, calm seas and nice sailing winds in a perfectly functioning boat but we will not dwell on the less than perfect days as we update you on of our recent passages and stops as we continue to explore…

Ile de Bréhat, a place I could happily call home

Ile de Bréhat just 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide at its widest point and undoubtably one of the most beautiful places we have visited so far.   We had planned to anchor off the island in deep water and then scope out…

Au Revoir Normandy, Bonjour Brittany – working our way West

This leg will see us change regions in France leaving Normandy and entering Brittany.  France is dived into 13 regions, (similar to Australia being divided into States).  It was our intention to leave Îles Chausey early in the morning (7am ish) with the tide…

Îles Chausey

We decided to back track a little and visit the Iles Chausey which is a group of small islands, islets and rocks off the coast of Normandy, in the English Channel just 10 nautical miles from Granville.  They are the pride of the area…

Bonjour France – Granville

Finally it feels like we are off again exploring new waters at last, only to arrive in Granville and stop a lot longer than planned… Firstly a good passage from Jersey to Granville just a short 30 nautical miles, so there was always land…

Pirates of Disneyland

I know its a total contradiction to the idea of a break but we have returned from our break even more exhausted than when we left, BUT with massive smiles on our faces and so very very happy after spending some very special time…

Cherbourg

09/12/2015 – 16/01/2016 Our passage took us past Cape Levi, Phil told me tales of that being the place that Levi jeans originated from, apparently some bored light house keeper got creative with his cotton and thread and there you have it Levi Jeans…

Saint Vaast la Hougue

  Departed Ouistreham at 12:15am (first night sailing) arrived Saint Vaast la Hougue 09:15am (47.8 Nautical Miles) Beautiful night with stars out, nice to watch the sunrise over the horizon. We tied up at the visitors pontoon which we had to ourselves and then…

Ouistreham, Caen & Bayeux

Ouistreham 25 nautical miles.  Our gennaker sail failed during journey (big light winds head sail), the shackle at the top of the mast came undone causing the gennaker sail to fall into the water down the port side of the boat (on inspection shackle…