Trilogy: a sailing saga in three parts

16 June 2016 | Antigua
15 June 2016 | Antigua
14 June 2016 | Catamaran Bay, Antigua
10 June 2016 | Antigua
09 June 2016 | Barbuda, island
08 June 2016 | Ffreys Bay, Antigua
06 June 2016 | Gustavia, Antigua
03 June 2016 | St Barths
02 June 2016 | Grand Case Beach
01 June 2016 | Ile de Tintamarre
29 May 2016 | Marigot, St Martin
27 May 2016 | Marigot, St Martin
25 May 2016 | Christiansted
22 May 2016 | St Croix Island
22 May 2016 | Isla de Vieques
20 May 2016 | Spanish Virgin Islands
20 May 2016 | St Thomas island
17 May 2016 | Maho Bay, St John

Onto Italy

12 June 2012 | Menton, France
John Rowling
Although the locals are complaining that summer is late coming, its not being reflected by the large number of boats starting to zip in and out of the marinas, competing for increasingly scarce visitors berths. After our Antibes experience we decided to start calling ahead to book a berth. Our plan, after leaving Antibes, was to ease our way to the Italian border by overnighting at Villefranche, Monaco and Menton (where we planned to clear out of France) before crossing into Italy and clearing in at San Remo.

In the event Villefranche was full, as was the marina just out side Monaco. And we were too small for Monaco itself. So we settled for an overnight stay at Beaulieu and quick cruise around the Port of Monaco enroute to Menton. Monaco from the sea looks like a rather ugly concrete jungle, but the vessels in the port were beautiful. (Susan subsequently caught the bus back to do a nostalgia return and said Monaco was much more attractive from the land.)

Our arrival in Menton was marked by the arrival of customs officials who seemed to be under the impression we had just arrived from Australia. Quick clarification and checking of our boat's papers, that we had no cigarettes or alcohol (or not much) and less than Eu10000 in cash (as if) - everything ok and they departed with apologies about the lousy summer weather!

Menton itself is a charming Italian looking (and feeling) village right on the French/Italian border. The border itself is about a kilometre from the marina - we will pass into Italy while hoisting our sails as we leave Menton. The cuisine is Italian but menus are in French - with "provencale" tacked on for cover. French and Italian are heard equally and the road signs are in both languages.

Menton has been inhabited since the paleolithic period and is the site of the "Grimaldi Man" find of modern early humans. It has been Roman and part of the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of Genoa and then later the Kingdom of Sardinia before electing in an 1860's plebescite to be French (apparently much to Garibaldi's disgust).

It was popularised by the Brits and Russians in the Victorian and Edwardian era (and still has hotels such as the Royal Westminster, Balmoral, Regency and Victoria along the waterfront). It is now mainly famous for a number of large gardens established during the Victorian period but recently staked another claim- a very large and impressive museum celebrating the life and work of the French poet, writer, artist, dramatist and film maker Jean Cocteau which opened in late 2011.

Our departure for Italy has been delayed by strong south westerlies (feels like a strong Perth sea breeze) which started to blow as we arrived and hasn't eased much for two days. But when it does we are off to San Remo (about 12 miles away) to clear into Italy.
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Vessel Name: Trilogy
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 54
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Rick Scott-Murphy; Susan Alexander; Garth & Ros Brice and John & Myra Rowling
About: The crew all live in Canberra, Australia and have raced and cruised together for a number of years in the Canberra Ocean Racing Club.
Extra: The crew intend to cruise Trilogy through the Med for three or four seasons before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Following a season in the Caribbean the intention is to cruise slowly to Australia across the South Pacific.
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