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Jul 24, 2014 - Arrival in Noirmoutier yesterday

We arrived after a lovely 6 hour sail in light winds and a calm sea with lots of sun, just what we wanted!. Noirmoutier marina was packed so we were rafted up with 4 others and quite a lot of traffic coming past so it was a rocky night. our neighbours were on a Boat called Calypso but not the one we know and love in Eastbourne. It was a Nicholson 39 from Weymouth and obviously we had a few drinks on board with her owners Jill and Richard. Our other neighbours were a French couple non plussed that we spoiled their quiet but we managed to win...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Heading back !!! Short stop overnight in Bourgenay

we have decided that we have got to our most southern point if we are to have enough time to amble home and see all the bits we missed and get home at the end of August. We are a bit sad but really chuffed at the same time to have made it to our goal of La Rochelle. Ile d,Oleron was an added bonus. So today is the day that we turn around and start heading back. We got a nice send off by the crew of Tigra this morning and were lucky to avoid most of the heavy rain shown on the radar. The wind was on the nose to start with and Aventura had to...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Chilling out in and around Saint Denis Marina Ile d,Oleron

We have stayed 3 nights at Ile d,OleronSaint Denis Marina and really enjoyed it. it's much more relaxed and laid back than Ile de Re and besides one big mother of all storms during the night we have had good weather. Yesterday we cycled out to the lighthouse and the day before we did a mammoth 23 km cycle to Boyardville and back. Unfortunately on that day as we arrived at a lovely beach shattered and hungry it started to rain. The photo of the fort probably shows a cloud heavy sky. We got soaked through but at least it was warm rain and we...

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Jul 16, 2014 - Sail to La Rochelle Les Minimes Marina

We have arrived in La Rochelle Marina where it is very warm but breezy here in Les Minimes . It is 28 degrees and is forecast to be 31 degrees tomorrow so we aim to be out at sea for the hottest bit of the day. The photos today won't be that interesting unless you like boats and bridges.. a few days ago I walked for miles looking at ropes with Geoff so it is my turn to make him suffer shoe shopping as my old faithful Fit Flops have finally broken after years of misuse. he may well make me go to another burger bar later . We here it is also...

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Jul 16, 2014 - Exploring Ile De Re

We have cycled miles in the last few days. We visited a lovely place called "Arse " pronounced as it is spelt so there have been quite a few jokes the type of which my mum and dad wouldn't approve of but probably all our friends would. We visited La Rochelle by bus where we saw a rock star from the 70s being interviewed by "Blue " radio station . We had a fun time with lots of other Brits on the 14 th watching the fireworks on Bastille day and we accidentally tried eating duck gizzards, something I will be avoiding in future. Thankfully...

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Jul 13, 2014 - We are now in Ile De Re' which is connected by a bridge to La Rochelle

We have stayed here for a week because it is such a lovely place and plenty to see and do. Our bottoms are numb from quite a few hours on the bikes as we have explored all over the island. Lots of beaches and quaint little villages. We haven't got any photos of us on the beach which are suitable for general viewing. on the 14 th of July it was Bastille Day and there was a fabulous firework display at 11 pm from the harbour wall. We had a lovely evening with all the British people we have met over the last few days and hope to see...

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