Probably one of our best cruises ever, we got away by 11th June, and with a short stopover at Studland went direct to L’Aberwrach in Brittany. We worked our way gently down to La Rochelle, stopping off at Pornic to enjoy a few days with a Rustler friend, Claudine, who sailed with us to Ile de Yeu.
At La Rochelle we spent several days in company with Danae (Ruby and Terry Eagle) before venturing up the Charente to Rochefort to see the wooden frigate, Hermione, being built there in a drydock. (Udate 2015: Video of the comleted L’Hermione at sea can be seen here) But it was so hot that we returned to St Martin de Re for Bastille day (July 14th) in company with an MYC boat, Passager. There was some excitement when the lock gate jammed on a falling tide, and we nearly lost all the water in the dock - we all had lines from the masthead, but only dried about 6 inches.
Then it was a gentle potter home along the N Brittany coast, the only excitement being a rather frightening grounding at Brehat. On the way we called in at Jersey to see our past neighbours, George and Fay, and Julian Rogers, an ex colleague from my aviation days. Throughout the trip we bumped into other Rustler friends - it really is quite a social community.
As usual, I was carrying a laptop on board, not linked to the instruments, and I had been provided with a small plotter by C-Map on which I could record actual tracks. This coupled with C-Map PC Planner and new Serif dtp software enabled me to produce a much higher quality paper Log, and to make use of various tricks to illustrate the leading marks from Malcolm Robson’s superb (but out of print) pilot books. I also experimented with using video from my mobile phone, and simulated video using Microsoft Flight Simulator to add to the DVD that I produced. I was quite pleased with the result.
I was also experimenting with a more advanced stitching program, so was able to produce a really good back coverfor the Log by stitching tiles of C-Map charts together - I think there were about 16 tiles.
Coming down through the Chenal du Four. We had seen many lighthouses, so the Log was called “Phare and Wide”.
2006 “Phare & Wide” PDF Log
The Log of this trip is available in the following form to friends. Contact me if you would like to see one of the publications.
If agreed, it will normally be delivered via Dropbox.