After a successful Spring cruise to Alderney and Sark, we aimed to get away by mid June, but weather held us up for 2 weeks. Thereafter we had a successful cruise in easy stages to La Rochelle and back to the Solent by the end of August.
Southbound we were stuck in Portland for several days, so grabbed a weather window to leap direct to L’Aberwrach. Then, a quick dash down the Chenal du Four before being stuck in Camaret for several days while the weather settled, and David Colquohoun in Santana caught up with us. He had John Barker, one of Dairne’s Kiwi relatives crewing for him. As an antidote to harbour rot, which was becoming a problem with all the bad weather, we sailed into the Rade de Brest, passing the gathering Brest Festival fleet, to anchor at Le Fret. John went home while David waited for his next crew to arrive.
It was mid July by the time we moved further south into hot weather, through the Tas des Pois, the Raz de Sein and on to Belon.
At Port Louis we again met up with Santana, following which we sailed in company to Houat. David was short of time, so he wanted to press on south, while we pottered along the coast calling at Piriac (where we met Terry and Ruby Eagle in Danae), Bois de la Chaise and Pornic, where we arranged to meet Rustler friends, Rod Kennedy and Claudine.
After a short hop to Port Joinville on Ile d’Yeu, we met up with Roddie and Dorrie Wade Thomas in their Rustler Siosanoir, on their way back from Spain. All these meets were arranged by SMS text. I called this loose cruising in company the Brittany Brotherhood, and this became the Log title.
Pressing on South, via St Martin de Re, we linked up again with David in Santana at La Rochelle. His crew had had to go off for a week, so David day sailed with us, and we took both boats over to St Denis d’Oleron for a couple of days.
The highlights of the return passage included encountering the original Pen Duick under sail near Ile d’Yeu; swimming in the Morbihan; visiting the submarine pens museum at Lorient, and an impromptu Rustler rally, also at Lorient.
After a short but fascinating stay at Ile de Sein, the weather started to go downhill. We were variously delayed at Camaret and L’Aberwrach.
During a 36 hour break in very bad weather we made a dash direct from L’Aberwrach to Poole, with a daily run of 133 miles. That trip produced the Photograph of the Year.
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