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Aug 12, 2014 - Left Benodet at 7 am

It took 13 hrs to get to camaret with a 2 hr anchor at St Evett to wait for the tide. We wanted to approach the Raz De Sein when there was least current at slack water. It was still quite lumpy because of the swell so really glad to get to Camaret in time for the lovely sunset. Just a shame we got the last remaining spot that no one else wanted because it's the most exposed to all the passing traffic. Another bouncy night to come! P/S just to let our friends at SHYC know we had 2 pods of dolphins swim around the boat today jumping in our...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Back but bouncing around in Benoder!

We decided to move on from Concarneau yesterday morning when the sun was still out and we were lucky to enjoy a lovely chilled out journey across to Benodet, one of our favourite spots. It was a good job we arrived early afternoon because all the marinas are now very busy with hurricane Bertha lurking around. The boats normally preferring to anchor are opting for improved shelter so we were lucky to get a mooring despite it not being an ideal one.It's on the outside of the breakwater where the current and the chop is greatest. Last night...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Back in Concarneau

We left the Belon River yesterday and arrived after 3 hrs sailing at Concarneau. It's a lovely town with old buildings and some heavy duty fortifications and a nice little Indian Restaurant which we were drawn to last night because we have gone 72 days without one. Today we walked round the walls and the market and then left for La Foret. Unfortunately we were turned away when we got there because a racing fleet was expected and we were told there was no availability. We had to return to Concarneau as it was only an hour away and force 5/7...

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Aug 7, 2014 - Visited the Belon River overnight.

We were heading for Concarneau having a fantastic sail but our course was taking us directly to the Belon river so we decided to let Aventura choose for us. We went up the river and luckily grabbed a fore and aft buoy for the night. We were moored very close to the famous and well recommended restaurant Chez Jacky so of course we had to go there and see for ourselves. The restaurant has it's own swimming pools inside for all the shellfish and we were very lucky to get a table overlooking the river last night.

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Aug 5, 2014 - Back in Ile de Groix

We called in again at Ile De Groix because it was a good place to break up the journey between Nelle Ile and Concarneau. The weather was a bit cloudy with rain forecast and a heavy swell so we didn't want to spend many hours out in that. Sailing was quite uncomfortable and no chance to sunbathe. When we arrived at Ile De Groix it was very calm and sheltered but much busier than on our last visit .every spare spot in the harbour had a boat rafted against another 5 boats so we had another bouncy night and an early wake up from the ferry. We...

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Aug 1, 2014 - Arrived in La Trinite-sur-Mer yesterday

We enjoyed a lovely day out on the water yesterday .We mostly floated along slowly with a light wind, a very calm sea and lots of sun until the wind picked up in the afternoon.We tried drift fishing for a flat fish as we crossed the bay but only had a nibble so no exciting photos to add unfortunately. The weather forecast was for rain overnight and rain this morning so we will try to get the bikes out and go exploring.That might be a bit tricky to do as we are rafted up against another boat and there is quite a swell but since we are only...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Moving on further north to Crouesty

We spent 3 nights at Crouesty's which was described by people we know as being like a bigger version of Eastbourne Marina. There was lots to see because the Morbihan Bay is just around the corner and Vannes is just a few miles further up river. We were lucky with the weather so did lots of cycling on the first day along the Morbihan coast up to Sarzeau and the following day we got on a bus up to Vannes . We motored into the Morbihan Bay as we left for La Trinite at slack water to take a look at Port Navalo but will save exploring the...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Leaving Porichet for La Turballe

We had a lovely lazy sail over from Pornishet to La Turballe and very unexpectedly caught a whopper of a sea Bass. It was a job to get it in our net and we were avoiding some shallow areas at the time so it was a team effort and no surprise that we are absolutely delighted after trying so hard over the last couple of months. We hope Paul at home is impressed. We used one of our deep diving lures and were doing over 4 knots at the time and the break on the spool didn't pull so we had no idea we had caught anything. We stopped fishing after...

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