Saturday, 22 August 2015

Rounding Finistere

Sailing around the western tip of Brittany requires passing through two of the strongest tidal passages in Europe; the Chenal du Four and the Raz de Sein.  It’s a tradition to drink a healthy dose of rhum entering or leaving the Raz de Sein.  After the miserable weather we’ve had the last 2 months in northern Brittany, the rhum was an especially welcomed celebration of being back in southern Brittany and heading south.

Rounding Finistere with friends... and rhum !
Just as we made it out of the Raz, the Hermione caught up with us.  This replica of the ship that Lafayette took to America in 1780 has just returned to France after re-creating Lafayette’s voyage.  The winds were light and the Hermione veered off under motor while we hugged the coast and sailed as best we could.  Since we were making less than 4 knots, we decided to fish.  Mackerel,what else?  (link)

Mareda losing the regata against the Hermione.  (They were cheating...)

More mackerel sushi on the way !

The voyage down the coast to Lorient was delightful: warmish weather (only ONE thin layer of polar fleece !) light winds and good friends. Things are looking up !

Another dolphin escort from Audierne to the Glenan Archipelago.

Light winds perfect for the gennaker.