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Aug 25, 2014 - Arriving at Gosport.

We spent 2 nights at Yarmouth and spent our day off on dry land having lunch in Yarmouth Sailing Club and visiting Osbourne House where Quenn Victoria and Prince Albert Had their family holidays. The following day we left at 8 am with a bit if difficulty as we were hemmed in on all sides by other boats that were reluctant to move. We had a very leisurely sail up to the Folley Inn close to Cowes where we had lunch and a lovely walk along the river, then we sailed back past Cowes and down the Solent to Gosport. After all our lengthy and quite...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Not quite back on the English mainland yet

We had a very feisty sail from Jersey to Aldernay on 20th. It seemed like even the boat was in a hurry to get that trip over. It took about 7 hours with a good current pushing us along for most of it and then the Aldrnay race was quite well behaved and we were able to get into the harbour with only a small current against us. Unfortunately there were no buoys available in the shelter of the breakwater and we took the last available one in a very exposed area. We didn't have the energy to go ashore so cleared out the fridge and later on had...

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Aug 19, 2014 - Resting up in Jersey

Yesterday we had a fab day in the sun. It was also nice to have a choice of English fodder and to understand all the lingo. It's raining today but will be quite dry in the war tunnels! Tonight we will be preparing to leave for Aldernay tomorrow and then possibly on to Yarmouth on Thursday. We are almost home and are looking forward to seeing all our friends and family. Only a few hundred photos to show everyone!

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Aug 17, 2014 - Left Roscoff this morning at 8 am

We set off from Roscoff with rain threatening and wind forecast for up to 23 knots. Not too bad a journey for the first 4 hours as we had a really good current helping us along under sail . At the point where we were supposed to turn in to Lezardrieux we made a last minute decision to head on to Jersey and hope conditions remained as forecast.It was just another 7 or 8 hours to go ! We remained dry until the last hour or so but the wind didn't remain as forecast and increased up to 30 knots so quite a lumpy and wallowy journey with the...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Arrived in Roscoff today

We left at 8 am and had a cracking journey because we had a good current pushing us along under sail. A bit lumpy but the sun and loads of dolphins kept us amused. We had to motor some of the way when the wind died but sunbathing on the way was lovely. Roscoff town is really nice with a lot of historic buildings . The new Queen Mary Stuart landed here aged 6 in the early 16 the century . It's a shame there is only an old doorway and a pizzeria named after her to remind us of that.

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Aug 16, 2014 - Arriving in Nantes

I told Tess that I'd do the drive to Nantes, as she looked very tired and had done a bulk of the driving the previous day. It was a 3 hour 15 minute trip. We'd left Bordeaux a little later than we'd hoped, as Lunch took a while to get served, but we had managed to get out by 3 pm. By 4pm, we were 45km out of Bordeaux. By 5pm, we were 90km out of Bordeaux, with only 260km to go. We've arrived in Nantes tonight at 8pm. My mind is obliterated. I've been sunburnt on one side of my face, as the sun was beating down through the drivers side...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Leaving for L'aberwrach today

We have stayed 3 nights waiting for weather and wind to improve. camaret is lovely and we have officially done 1000 miles now on this trip ( 6000 in total on Aventura over the last 7 yrs) Congratulations to Michael on your fantastic A level results. We look forward to celebrating with you xx

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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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