Crossing Biscay (again)

When we last updated our blog we had arrived in Gijon and were preparing to sail to France. We ended up staying 8 days in Gijon before venturing across Biscay. We had hoped to go Sunday 23rd May. The weather was looking good, winds in the right direction, around 17 to 20 knots and a following swell around 3 meters By Saturday morning this had changed to winds 25 to 30 knots and seas of 5 meters. The met office shipping forecast was showing a gale warning for the area so we decided not to go! We spent the time in Gijon and visited the botanical gardens and the railway… Read More

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Crossing the Bay of Biscay

Our last week in France We stayed 10 days in Les Sables D’Olonne. This is the longest we have stayed anywhere since leaving Gosport and it was nice just to stay in one place for some time. Our parcels all arrived safely and included some cruising guides for Spain and Portugal. We enjoyed some warm weather and to celebrate nearly two months in France we went out for a meal at a restaurant recommended by friends from the UK. There were a number of interesting murals painted around the town, one that caught Graham’s attention was one painted on what would have been a rather drab electricity substation. Judith liked… Read More

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Storms and Friends

We have experienced the first big storm of the trip, “Storm Miguel”. Thankfully it was well forecast and we were safely in Pornic marina for the storm. Unfortunately, we were reminded of the seas force and the need to respect its power. A lifeboat had launched from Les Sables-d’Olonne (some 40 miles south of Pornic) to rescue a fisherman who had gone out to sea in spite of the storm. The lifeboat capsized and three of the crew lost their lives, the fisherman is still missing although a body was recovered from the sea on the 16th June and is still to be identified. This impacted the whole community on… Read More

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