Channel crossing to Hythe

We left Dielette at 06.30h to have enough water under the keel and hit the Alderney Race at the turn of tide.

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Motoring away from Dielette.
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Au revoir France đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

The sea was flat, with just 5 kts of wind on the nose. So we motor sailed to the the Race, and powered on through to the channel at up to 11kts.

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Essential to time the Race

With tide in our favour we made sold speed eastward, making 50 miles in 7hrs.  But when the tide turned the pace dropped with the wind and the engine employed for the final 20 miles.

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Flying across the Channel at 9kts SOG with 12kts of wind

Arrivng at the Solent the wind had dropped off completely, we had a really calm motor on mirror flat water, we entered Southampton Water at about 21.00h and finally arrived at Hythe 22.00, with 104 miles behind us.

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Southampton Water

Next leg Round the Island Race 1 July.

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Mr Blue Sky sporting RTI race stickers 
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Dielette – last Port of call en France đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

This was to be the last voyage for our two furry ship mates, as they are to travel back to the UK by car and recognised carrier, as it is against the law to repatriate dogs on private vessels.

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Last voyage for Jim & Taff

We left Granville Harbour in a bit of a blow, and short chop over the shallow water. The temperature had dropped by half  to 15c Which was bit of a shock. We had a 50 mile passage north, through shallow water and rocky reefs, that would require some precise navigation, a task not helped with the conditions.

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Brrrr it’s a bit chilly.

It got worse, the sea got angry, the wind blew harder and it was right on the nose, so the engine remained on until we were able to escape the clutches of the Normandy coast.

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Holiday over, lets go home!

As we ventured further north the wind continued BFT 4-5, but backed from NW to W which allowed the sails to take full power and engine off. We made good progress with tide for the next 5 hrs, but inevitably the tide turned and we were battling against 3kts, but at least the sea flattened and we were sailing.

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EDF Nuclear Power Plant at Cap de Flamanville

After 10 hrs of rocking and rolling we arrived at the Cap de Flamaville, and the port of Dielette.

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Tied up in Dielette, exhausted!

The Port is a remote half comercial and half marina, although neither seemed to be doing much trade. Dielette also has a drying entrance which made timing essential HW +-3 hrs to have sufficient water under the keel.

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Dielette, a remote port under Cap de Flamanville.

Saturday, and the wind has increased to BFT 5-6, a bit gloomy but the sun is forecast for later. Josh & Sally arrive today to collect Jim & Taff, we hope the weather improves for them.

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Josh and Sally arrived

The weather didn’t improve or worsen, still blowing BFT4 increasing to 5/6 at times, but made little difference as our new arrivals were glad to be on their holibobs.

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Won’t be sorry to leave the tides behind.

Sunday we took the car to Carteret, a small Harbour we had passed by as only a few miles from Dielette. Lovely little Harbour, wished we’d gone there instead really as a bit more to see and do!

Time came to say our goodbyes to Jim & Taff, quite an emotional time having your shipmates drive away.

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Bye Jim & Taff, see you the other side.

Decided to delay our departure for England until Monday 06.30h as the weather looked more appealing, didn’t fancy Alderney Race wind over tide at dusk.

Granville

Granville our penultimate stop before we cross back over the channel and into the Solent.

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Entrance to Granville LW. 12.5m of tide to follow in 6 hrs

Relitively easy entry, just need to get the tide time right or it could be embarrassing.

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Narrow streets of Granville

Met with Sue’s Brother Mark, his wife Sarah and her parents for dinner as they’re staying just down the road, very nice surprise.

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Granville street CafĂ©’s

Went to see the old town before marching 3 miles to the Vet, so Jim & Taff could get their worming up to date and so be allowed back into England.

Last leg to Dielette tomorrow, 50 miles due North where we meet with Josh & Sally, who very kindly volunteered to chauffeur Jim & Taff back to England on ferry.

Isles Chausey

Mr Blue Sky bid farewell to Hendrix and crew as they set sail for the Guernsey and then on home to Brixham, a forecast of strong wind at the end of the week forced an early retirement.

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Hendrix a spec in the hazey distance

Mr Blue Sky on the other hand set a course ENE for the Isles of Chausey, a small rocky Island ten miles WNW off the coast of Granville in Normandy. There was only 2 kts of wind so it was engine all the way, one benefit of the glass top sea was we were able to spot a pod of dolphins, and they were the largest we’d seen to date.

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Good for rowing not for sailing – glass sea

Chausey is nothing more than a few fishermans cottages similar to a Scottish Croft, a Hotel and a light house. There are no motorised vehicles, just Shanks Pony for transport.

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Approaching Chausey, looks like the Chinese Navy are in town.

With a twelve metre tide flowing we were not able to stay long, so just caught a mooring bouy for lunch, then set sail for Granville, this time with some wind and boat speed of 5 kts SOG, perfect to time our approach 1.5h before high water.

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Leaving Chausey

 

Granville came into view about three miles out through the sea haze, as always a welcome sight after a day at sea.

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First sight of Granville

Return to Saint Cast

Necessary to cross our track but just the once thankfully, so we chose the all tide Port of Saint Cast, as enjoyed the first stop and with such great beaches and 30c+

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Locking out at Paimpol
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6.5kts SOG against 3kts of tide, great close haul for 35 miles

We got our walking flip-flops out and marched over to the adjoining beach for a dip in the opal sea.

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We bumped into David Hasselhoff (breathing in) & Pam An!

Not much to add really as this took most of the day,.

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Miles of golden sand to ourselves

We had enjoyed an exilerating crossing from Paimpol and so we’re ready for an easy day.

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Hard work this sailing

Off to Granville tomorrow for Mr Blue Sky, and this could be au revoir to Hendrix, as business beckons so the fleet will set different course out of Saint Cast.

Paimpol – ha ha….it just had to happen!

We knew it was important to arrive at Paimpol +- 1hr high water as the approach dried to 5.5m above chart datum, so we required the 8m of neap tide to prevent grounding.

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Mr Blue Sky beating to windward.

We also had to leave Tréguier no later than -1hr low water as the flood running against would make the slipping of lines and leaving the pontoon impossible.

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Hendrix motor sailing

At 09.00h we left Tréguier as planned, motored down the river into the estuary,  even had a short sail until the wind died, but most importantly we were on target for arrival just before HW Tréguier 14.15h.

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Navigating the tricky deep channel out of Tréguier

On the final approach rounding the wave screen we noted the lock gate was closed, a call was made on VHF CH9 to the lock master who informed us of a 10 minute wait – so we circled.

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Hendrix increased the size of his circle until he strayed out of the deep water channel, you guessed it he ground to a halt. The crew of Mr Blue Sky enquiried whether he was beached, to his reply; “I’m beached broo – beached as” Mr Blue Sky… ” you’re beached broo, beached as!!

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You’re beached broo?

Tow rope deployed and Hendrix tugged unceremoniously back to the channel by Mr Blue Sky

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Just before the lock at LW, if you look closely you can just see Hendrix skid mark left of the white bouy.
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Hendrix & Mr Blue Sky tied up in Painpol Harbour
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Reflecting
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Sun set at 23.00h

After that we negotiated the lock and found a suitable berth dock side in the picturesque harbour centre, lotus grill fired up and cork popped.

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Excitement was all too much

Painpol is a shoppers dream, everything to keep a girl amused for hours – but that’s enough about that.

Finaly before we leave Paimpol, if you can’t beat them join them.

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Skipper sporting a Breton hat

Time to catch the tide back to Sain Cast.

Tréguier

We left Lezardrieux and the River Trieux, for the hop west to Tréguier which 6 miles up the River Jaudy.

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Rocky outcrops to avoid in the Jaudy estuary
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Breton trawler
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6 miles up river, destination on Port bow
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Timed to perfection – slack-water G&T

Tréguier town centre is steeped in history with architecture dating back hundreds of years, we however only stepped into the Cathedral for a few moments, the rest of Saturday morning was spent in two bars and restaurant.

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Tréguier river pontoons, trick mid flood with 3 kts
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Tréguier Cathedral
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One old relic gets into another old relic in front of another old relic in Tréguier town centre
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Hottest day of the year 32c – lads in their fat suits putting up the shade on Hendrix

Tréguier is a beautiful old town well worth a visit, we will return.

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