Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Francis surveying the coastline on l'Ile d'Yeu

Dolmen built in 3000 BC

Vieux chateau on l'Ile d'Yeu

31 Aug: We left l’Ile de Houat at 8am and there was much more wind than forecast – just as well we had put a reef in the mainsail. As we were sailing close hauled helming was hard work, but we certainly covered the ground (or should that be water) at a good speed. After sailing in the Solent, it’s quite striking how few boats we see – you can go several hours with just birds for company. Again the wind dropped in the afternoon, so we stopped at l’Ile d’Yeu, which is in the Vendee region, after 52 nautical miles in 8.5 hours. The island is famous for its tuna fishing – we sampled some and it was delicious. Found a nice little café where we had galettes St Jacques washed down with a beer.

The next day we got the bikes out and cycled round a large part of the island, along the rocky shoreline, mostly on dirt tracks. Bikes seem to be a popular way to get around the island as do mini-mokes, with lots of rental places around. I think we were the only ones, apart from children, wearing cycle helmets! Took in a bit of culture today with a Dolmen thought to have been built in 3000BC and a 14th century castle built on top of granite rocks that made a spectacular picnic site (see photos).

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